They were slowing down and growing very hungry in their attempt to catch Prince Bagration in the Vilna region.
"The pace of the French advance was now clearly slackening, as a combination of pouring rain, delayed convoys, and scarce intelligence reduced the forward movement to a crawl. Clearly, the Campaign of Russia would not be over in the first twenty days -- as originally estimated."
~ Chandler, D. The Campaigns of Napoleon p.775
|Russian forces retreat, leaving scorched earth behind them.|