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and to the most miserable fare, were reduced to such a state of frenzy that, unable to endure the agonies of the campaign, they vehemently demanded that their General would lead them to battle or turn their march homewards. The General accepted the former demand, and having retreated with great loss, closely pursued by the French, arrived on the 6th of February at a position where he resolved to try the fortune of a general engagement. On the 7th occurred the great winter battle of Preuss-Eylau, over a country glittering with snow and frozen lakes, and during a violent storm, which drove with piercing cold the snow-drifts through the air. Through that trying winter, in a region terrible for the rigor of its climate, the French were marching and fighting as if no such season as winter existed. Spring found them where winter had left them — in the field — and summer brought forth the harvest which they had planted under the snows. On the 27th of July, Napoleon reaped the fruits of