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From: Carl von Clausewitz and Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. On Waterloo: Clausewitz, Wellington, and the Campaign of 1815. Ed./trans. Christopher Bassford, Daniel Moran, and Gregory W. Pedlow., 2010. ISBN-10: 1453701508. ISBN-13: 9781453701508. 318pp. List price: $18.00.


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[1] From Karl Schwartz, Leben des Generals Carl von Clausewitz und der Frau Marie von Clausewitz, geb. Gräfin von Brühl, mit Briefe, Aufsätzen, Tagebüchern und anderen Schriftstüden [The Life of General Carl von Clausewitz and Marie von Clausewitz, née Countess von Brühl, including Letters, Essays, Diaries, and Other Papers], 2 vols. (Berlin: Dümmler Publishing and Books, 1878), 2:148-158. The initial translation of these two letters was provided to us by Dr. Stanley A. Riveles, U.S. Department of State, who was then a visiting professor at the National War College. We have included all of Schwartz’s explanatory footnotes.


[2] Of Ligny and St. Amand. (Schwartz, 149)


[3] The 12th Brigade of the 3rd Army Corps. (Schwartz, 151)


[4] This force is overestimated; 32,000 French faced 15,000 Prussians. (Schwartz, 151)


[5] Major General Borcke commanded the 9th Brigade. (Schwartz, 151)


[6] Most of this letter is a travelogue commenting on art and architecture. We have left in only the military elements and those paragraphs most revealing of Clausewitz’s personality and of his relationship with Marie.


[7] Belonging to the 2nd Corps. (Schwartz, 156)


[8] Of Sohr’s 800-man strong regiment, 500, most wounded, were captured; 216 men died or were gravely wounded. Lieutenant-Colonel Sohr, who turned down an offer of surrender, was also wounded and fell into the enemy’s hands. However, he recovered and became Major General and brigade commander in 1832; divisional commander in 1838. Heinrich von Yorck, the Field Marshal’s son, succumbed to his wounds after several days. (Schwartz, 157)


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