thure de thulstrup

An illustration of Prussian hussars in Paris by Thure de Thulstrup for Elihu B. Washburne’s Recollections of a Minister to France: 1869-1877.

The treaty having provided for the entry of thirty thousand German troops into Paris, accordingly on March, 1871, the German soldiers entered the city. At nine o'clock in the forenoon three blue hussars entered the Porte Maillot, proceeded up the Avenue of the Grand Army and walked their horses slowly down the magnificent avenue of the Champs Elysées, with carbines cocked and finger upon the trigger. These hussars looked carefully into the side streets and proceeded slowly down the avenue. But few people were out at that early hour in the morning. Soon after this, six more hussars made their appearance by the same route, and every few minutes thereafter the number increased. […]

The Battle of Gettysburg by Thure de Thulstrup, 1887.

“General, I have been a soldier all my life. I have been with soldiers engaged in fights by couples, by squads, companies, regiments, divisions, and armies, and should know, as well as any one, what soldiers can do. It is my opinion that no fifteen thousand men ever arrayed for battle can take that position.”