Wee Hours
© David Wilkie Wynfield

Wee Hours

Battle of Waterloo

Wee Hours
Wellington writing to Blucher ©David Wilkie Wynfield
1815 Jun 18 02:00

Wee Hours

Monument Gordon (1815 battle),

Wellington rose at around 02:00 or 03:00 on 18 June, and wrote letters until dawn. He had earlier written to Blücher confirming that he would give battle at Mont-Saint-Jean if Blücher could provide him with at least one corps; otherwise he would retreat towards Brussels. At a late-night council, Blücher's chief of staff, August Neidhardt von Gneisenau, had been distrustful of Wellington's strategy, but Blücher persuaded him that they should march to join Wellington's army. In the morning Wellington duly received a reply from Blücher, promising to support him with three corps.

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