The Campaign of Sedan
The Downfall of the Second Empire, August-September 1870
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The Campaign of Sedan The Downfall of the Second Empire, August-September 1870

By George Hooper
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  • THE CAMPAIGN OF SEDAN THE DOWNFALL OF THE SECOND EMPIRE AUGUST–SEPTEMBER 1870 BY GEORGE HOOPER
    • PREFACE.
    • PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION.
    • CONTENTS.
    • CHAPTER I.
      • French demands for the Rhine.
      • Luxemburg.
      • An Interlude of Peace.
      • The Salzburg Interview.
      • The Emperor seeks Allies.
      • The Hohenzollern Candidature.
      • The French Government and the Chamber.
    • CHAPTER II.
      • German Mobilization.
      • French Mobilization.
      • War Methods Contrasted.
    • CHAPTER III.
      • The Combat at Saarbrück.
      • Preparing to go forward.
      • Positions on August 4.
      • The Moral and Political Forces.
    • CHAPTER IV.
      • The Combat on the Lauter.
      • French Position on the Saar.
      • German Position on the Saar.
    • CHAPTER V.
      • 1.—Woerth.
      • The Battle Begins.
      • Attack on Woerth.
      • Attack on the French right.
      • Attack on Elsasshausen.
      • MacMahon Orders a Retreat.
      • The Close of the Battle.
      • 2.—Spicheren.
      • The Battle-field.
      • The Germans begin the Fight.
      • The Red Hill Stormed.
      • Progress of the Action.
      • Frossard Retires.
    • CHAPTER VI.
      • The Emperor resigns his command.
      • The German Advance.
      • The German Cavalry at Work.
      • The Germans March on the Moselle.
    • CHAPTER VII.
      • The French Propose to Move.
      • The Battle of Colombey-Nouilly.
      • Von Golz Dashes In.
      • The End of the Battle.
      • The French Retreat.
      • The Germans cross the Moselle.
      • The Cavalry beyond the Moselle.
      • Orders for the Flank March.
      • The Emperor Quits the Army.
    • CHAPTER VIII.
      • Vionville—Mars la Tour.
      • The Vionville Battlefield.
      • The French are Surprised.
      • The Third Corps strikes in.
      • Arrival of Bazaine.
      • Bredow’s Brilliant Charge.
      • The Fight becomes Stationary.
      • Arrival of the Tenth Corps.
      • The great Cavalry Combat.
      • End of the Battle.
    • CHAPTER IX.
      • Marshal Bazaine.
      • The Battlefield of Gravelotte.
      • The German Plans.
      • The Battle of Gravelotte.
      • Prince Frederick Charles at the Front.
      • Steinmetz Attacks the French Left.
      • Operations by the German Left Wing.
      • General Frossard Repels a fresh Attack.
      • The last Fights near St. Hubert.
      • The Prussian Guard on the Centre and Left.
      • The Capture of St. Privat.
    • CHAPTER X.
      • The King Marches Westward.
      • The Cavalry Operations.
      • The Emperor at Chalons and Reims.
      • MacMahon Retires to Reims.
      • The Chalons Army directed on the Meuse.
    • CHAPTER XI.
      • The Cavalry Discover the Enemy.
      • Movements of the French.
      • The Marshal Resolves, Hesitates, and Yields.
      • Movements of the Germans.
      • Effects of MacMahon’s Counter-Orders.
      • German and French Operations on the 29th.
      • The Combat at Nouart.
      • The State of Affairs at Sundown.
      • The Battle of Beaumont.
      • The Surprise of the 5th Corps.
      • The Flight to Mouzon.
    • CHAPTER XII.
      • The Battle of Noisseville.
    • CHAPTER XIII.
      • German Decision.
      • Confusion in the French Camp.
      • The Movements of the Germans.
      • The Battlefield of Sedan.
      • The Battle of Sedan.
      • MacMahon’s Wound and its Consequences.
      • Progress of the Battle on the Givonne.
      • The March on St. Menges.
      • The 11th and 5th Corps engage.
      • The Condition of the French Army.
      • The French Cavalry Charge.
      • General de Wimpffen’s Counterstroke.
      • The Emperor and his Generals.
      • King William and his Warriors.
      • How the Generals Rated each other.
      • The Generals Meet at Donchery.
      • Napoleon III. Surrenders.
      • The French Generals Submit.
      • The End.
    • APPENDICES.
    • INDEX.
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