Thursday, September 06, 2012


The greater part of the 6th passed in a state of unreal calm, both sides being fully occupied making plans and calling up outlying formations.

The Black Virgin of Smolensk

... the morale of the Russian army was exceptionally high, and the fervor of the rank and file was brought to a new pitch when the Black Virgin of Smolensk was solemnly paraded past the kneeling ranks of the entire army during the afternoon of September 6.

Recognition of spirit before Borodino
~ D. Chandler, The Campaigns of Napoleon, p. 796 & 797

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