The two armies met just south of Brussels, near Charleroi, where a main road crosses the Sambre.
Why, he had crossed the Sambre at every point the day before!
We pass the beautiful town of Dinant, and later on the larger fortified town of Namur, where the river is joined by the Sambre.
But he did choose it, and selected for the purpose the valleys of the Sambre and the Meuse.
The successes of the Prussians and of the Austrian army, on the Sambre, saved the situation for a time.
At the centre, near the Sambre, the campaign opened with promise, the British cavalry gaining a brilliant success at Bethencourt.
The river Sambre is full of curves, and winds past Fesmy and Etreux.
Do you compare your army of the Sambre, your sans-culottes Republicans, with the Imperial troops?
The Sambre is a water route to the Borinage, and the Meuse a financial asset to any city.
I believe that our armies of the Sambre and the Rhine never have any other notion of battles than that eternal flank movement!'