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being an intimate friend of mine, and thinking that I might wish to attach myself to the French army, did me the favor to take preliminary steps for securing the necessary authority. He went so far as to broach the subject to the French Minister of War, but in view of the informality of the request, and an unmistakable unwillingness to grant it being manifested, Mr. Washburn pursued the matter no further. I did not learn of this kindly interest in my behalf till after the capitulation of Paris, when Mr. Washburn told me what he had done of his own motion. Of course I thanked him gratefully, but even had he succeeded in getting the permission he sought I should not have accompanied the French army. I sailed from New York July 27, one of my aides-de-camp, General James W. Forsyth, going with me. We reached Liverpool August 6, and the next day visited the American Legation in London, where we saw all the officials except our Minister, Mr. Motley, who, being absent, was represent
ce Frederick Charles. Meantime the Third Army, under the Crown Prince of Prussia-which, after haying fought and won the battle of Worth, had been observing the army of Marshal MacMahon during and after the battle of Gravelotte--was moving toward Paris by way of Nancy, in conjunction with an army called the Fourth, which had been organized from the troops previously engaged around Metz, and on the 22d was directed toward Bar-le-Duc under the command of the Crown Prince of Saxony. In consequenctand, but soon learned that it was because of the movements of Marshal MacMahon, who, having united the French army beaten at Worth with three fresh corps at Chalons, was marching to relieve Metz in obedience to orders from the Minister of War at Paris. As we passed along the column, we noticed that the Crown Prince's troops were doing their best, the officers urging the men to their utmost exertions, persuading weary laggards and driving up stragglers. As a general thing, however, they ma
as this officer was starting off, I remarked to Bismarck that Napoleon himself would likely be one of the prizes, but the Count, incredulous, replied, Oh no; the old fox is too cunning to be caught in such a trap; he has doubtless slipped off to Paris --a belief which I found to prevail pretty generally about headquarters. In the lull that succeeded, the King invited many of those about him to luncheon, a caterer having provided from some source or other a substantial meal of good bread, e were differences at the royal headquarters as to whether peace should be made then at Sedan, or the war continued till the French capital was taken. I further heard that the military advisers of the King strongly advocated an immediate move on Paris, while the Chancellor thought it best to make peace now, holding Alsace and Lorraine, and compelling the payment of an enormous levy of money; and these rumors were most likely correct, for I had often heard Bismarck say that France being the ric
40,000 strong, beginning their direct march to Paris. The French had little with which to oppose t would not be satisfied with anything short of Paris, no matter what form of Government the French et with no resistance whatever in its march on Paris, its advance approached the capital rapidly, atwo Crown Princes were now at the outskirts of Paris. They had come from Sedan mainly by two routepermit the Second Army to join in the siege of Paris. Learning all this, and seeing that the in, and, instead of remaining outside, gone into Paris--very foolishly, said our hospitable friends, and being almost beside themselves to get into Paris, a permit was granted them by Count Bismarck, ad been cut from the frames and carried off to Paris, except one portrait, that of Queen Victoria, than a week Burnside and Forbes returned from Paris. They told us their experience had been interte swallow. After a day or two they went into Paris again, and I then began to suspect that they w[13 more...]
itary dinner return to Versailles Germans entering Paris criticism on the Franco Prussian war conclusion. the time up to the approximate date of our return to Paris; and deciding to visit eastern Europe, we made ViennThe terms agreed upon provided for the occupation of Paris till ratification should be had by the convention aton from our Minister, Mr. Washburn, I hurried off to Paris to see the conquerors make their triumphal entry. e 18th of January) did not accompany his troops into Paris, though he reviewed them at Long Champs before they the Germans practically the victors. The taking of Paris was but a sentiment-the money levy could have been marmies from the battle of Gravelotte to the siege of Paris, I may, in conclusion, say that I saw no new milita After my brief trip to Versailles, I remained in Paris till the latter part of March. In company with Mr. olute certainty. The Germans were withdrawn from Paris on the 3d of March, and no sooner were they gone tha