1 May, 1813
to impose battle upon Russia's General
Bonaparte sent two reinforced corps to try to force
his hand near Lutzen.
Marshals Bessieres and
Ney, the French advanced across
horse-friendly terrain and presented a tempting target to
Russians attacked but the French troops, who included many
inexperienced conscripts, did themselves proud as they fought
off the cavalry.
for France, Bessieres was killed when struck in the chest
by a cannonball. He would be missed the next day at the
battle of Lutzen.