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their inability to prevent the passage
of the French, did not attempt to
attack them in the position they had
taken after leaving the defile, nor
in their march to Friburgh, where
they arrived the next day.
... This celebrated action took place
on the twelfth of October. It com-
pleted the security and success of
one of the most memorable retreats
recorded in the military annals of
modern times. It covered with
glory the troops that performed it,
and the general that commanded
them. Throughout the whole of
his expedition, Moreau had display-
ed consummate abilities. He had
surmounted obstacles of every kind,
and penetrated into the very heart
of the empire. He had taken pot-
session of Augsburgh and of Munich,
the capitals of Bavaria, and com-
pelled the elector to sue for peace.
Had not the ill-fortune attending
Jourdan's army disconcerted his
plan, it was highly probable that he
would have marched into Austria,
and forced the emperor to accept of
any peace that he could have ob-
tained, discomforted as he then was
in every quarter, and deprived of
any other means to save himself from
apparent destruction.
In the mean time, it cannot be
denied, that the light in which the
French directory perceived and re-
presented the expeditions of its ar-
mies into Germany, was a true one.
The princes of the empire were de-
tached from the coalition; immense
sums were levied, which defrayed
the expences of the invasion; and a
powerful diversion was formed in fa-
vour of the expedition into Italy.
But it ought equally to have
been acknowledged, as above, that
these expeditions contributed to
remove the partiality entertained
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