But at that moment an adjutant entered and reported something to Davout.
Davout had been ordered to wait for a signal to make the decisive advance.
"No, monseigneur," he said, suddenly remembering that Davout was a duke.
To him Davout was not merely a French general, but a man notorious for his cruelty.
After a time the hostility of the Bourbons towards Davout died away, and he was reconciled to the monarchy.
It was while thus employed that Davout met his wife, Aime Leclerc.
Whilst Davout was marching and fighting to achieve his purpose, the main battle went against the French.
Davout and Bernadotte were at Naumburg, Murat with the cavalry near them.
At the accession of Napoleon as emperor, Davout was one of the generals who were created marshals of France.
Like all who met the young Napoleon, Davout fell entirely beneath his spell.