MOLITOR, Gabriel Jean Joseph, comte, Marshal of France. 14875

£250

Description

Autograph Letter Signed, addressed “Monsieur le comte”, about the disposition of troops, mentioning Colonel Pozzo di Borgo, and other matters, probably relating to the imminent expedition to Spain (”cette mission”). In French. 1 page 8 x 6½ inches, lightly toned, marked “Lettre Confidentielle”. With a separate engraved portrait of Molitor. Paris, 23 February 1823. Uncommon. Gabriel-Jean-Joseph, comte Molitor (1770 – 1849), Marshal of France. In 1793 Molitor was given command of a brigade and served under Hoche under whom he fought at Kaiserslautern and Wissembourg. In 1795, Molitor was severely wounded in the Battle of Mainz. In 1799, Molitor was sent to Switzerland where he fought under André Masséna against an Austro-Russian force led by Alexander Suvorov. In 1800, he fought in the Army of the Rhine under Moreau. Molitor was promoted to the rank of général de division in 1801. He was sent with Massena to Italy in 1805, where he served at Vago and Caldiero. In 1806 he took part in the relief of Republic of Ragusa. In 1807, Molitor was transferred to the German theatre of operations, where he served against the Swedes around Stralsund. He was then made governor of Pommern and was granted a comital title by Napoleon. In 1809 he was given command of a division in Massena’s IV Corps and he saw action in the battles of Aspern and Wagram. In 1810 he was sent to occupy the cities of the Hanseatic League, from 1811 to 1813 he served in Holland, in the campaign of 1814 he served under MacDonald. After the abdication of Napoleon, Molitor made his submission to the Bourbons who made him Inspector-General of the infantry. Upon the return of the emperor from Elba, Molitor joined him during the Hundred Days. In 1823 he commanded the II Corps which was sent to Spain.