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e already stated, unalterably opposed to any act likely to involve us in war, insisted on his course of negotiation with Napoleon. As the summer wore away, Maximilian, under Mr. Seward's policy, gained in strength till finally all the accessible nch were to be withdrawn; and later came the intelligence that the Empress Carlotta had gone home to beg assistance from Napoleon, the author of all of her husband's troubles. But the situation forced Napoleon to turn a deaf ear to Carlotta's prayerNapoleon to turn a deaf ear to Carlotta's prayers. The broken-hearted woman besought him on her knees, but his fear of losing an army made all pleadings vain. In fact, as I ascertained by the following cablegram which came into my hands, Napoleon's instructions for the French evacuation were in not delay the departure of the troops; bring back all those who will not remain there. Most of the fleet has left. Napoleon. This meant the immediate withdrawal of the French. The rest of the story — which has necessarily been but an outl
ng arrangements to leave, securing passage by the steamship Scotia. President Grant invited me to come to see him at Long Branch before I should sail, and during my brief visit there he asked which Army I wished to accompany, the German or the French. I told him the German, for the reason that I thought more could be seen with the successful side, and that the indications pointed to the defeat of the French. My choice evidently pleased him greatly, as he had the utmost contempt for Louis Napoleon, and had always denounced him as a usurper and a charlatan. Before we separated, the President gave me the following letter to the representatives of our Government abroad, and with it I not only had no trouble in obtaining permission to go with the Germans, but was specially favored by being invited to accompany the headquarters of the King of Prussia: Long Branch, N. J., July 25, 1870. Lieutenant-General P. H. Sheridan, of the United States Army, is authorized to visit Europe, to
t cavalry charges defeat of the French the surrender of Napoleon Bismarck and the King Decorating the soldiers. All nrch along the Belgian frontier being credited entirely to Napoleon. Up to bed-time there was still much uncertainty as to this officer was starting off, I remarked to Bismarck that Napoleon himself would likely be one of the prizes, but the Count,foot, bearing high up in his right hand the despatch from Napoleon. The bearer proved to be General Reille, and as he handewe recognized, when the conveyance drew near, as the Emperor Louis Napoleon. The landau went on toward Donchery at a leisurwere to be settled. Some minutes elapsed before he came, Napoleon remaining seated in his carriage meantime, still smoking,nuous line trained on the Chateau Bellevue and Sedan. Napoleon went directly from the weaver's to the Chateau Bellevue, him about as he walked along. Meantime the King, leaving Napoleon in the chateau to ruminate on the fickleness of fortune,
aptured in battle, or was cooped up in the fortifications of Metz, Strasburg, and other places, in consequence of blunders without parallel in history, for which Napoleon and the Regency in Paris must be held accountable. The first of these gross faults was the fight at Worth, where MacMahon, before his army was mobilized, acceptces of rich France to draw upon, I cannot conceive that this excuse was sincere; on the contrary, I think that the movement of Bazaine must have been inspired by Napoleon with a view to the maintenance of his dynasty rather than for the good of France. As previously stated, Bismarck did not approve of the German army's moving and Favre a couple of days later. The forenoon of September 19 the King removed to the Chateau Ferrieres — a castle belonging to the Rothschild family, where Napoleon had spent many happy days in the time of his prosperity. His Majesty took up his quarters here at the suggestion of the owner, we were told, so that by the pres