CANISTER BALL RECOVERED FROM THE NAPOLEONIC WAR BATTLEFIELD OF HANAU -1813

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Item Code: 1202-42

Dug canister ball meas. approx. 1.50 inches in diameter and is in good relic condition.

Item was dug on the Hanau battlefield by a resident of Carlisle, Pennsylvania while serving in Germany with the US Army in the 1990’s.

The Battle of Hanau was fought from 30 to 31 October 1813 between Karl Philipp von Wrede's Austro-Bavarian corps and Napoleon's retreating French during the War of the Sixth Coalition.

Following Napoleon's defeat at the Battle of Leipzig earlier in October, Napoleon began to retreat from Germany into France and relative safety. Wrede attempted to block Napoleon’s line of retreat at Hanau on 30 October. Napoleon arrived at Hanau with reinforcements and defeated Wrede’s forces. On 31 October Hanau was in French control, opening Napoleon’s line of retreat.

The Battle of Hanau was an important tactical victory allowing Napoleon’s army to retreat onto French soil to recover and prepare to face an invasion of France. [ad][ph:L]

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