BONAPARTE, NAPOLEON. 1769-1821.
BONAPARTE ORDERS OCCUPATION OF TWO VENETIAN ISLANDSST. GIORGIO AND SECONDO.
Letter Signed ("Bonaparte,") 2 pp recto and verso, folio, Headquarters, Montebello, 16th of Prairial, Year 5 (June 4, 1797), to General Baraguey D'Hilliers, Commander General of Lombardy, containing military and administrative orders for the occupation of St. Giorgio Major, with engraved Republique Francaise vignette, very light wear at others, otherwise very fine, in custom case.
During the War of the 1st Coalition, Napoleon writes to one of his generals, ordering him to occupy the islands of St. Giorgio and Secondo, placing appropriate armory, food, and defenses, and chasing out any monks that may be left at the monastery on St. Giorgio. In part, translated: "By means of the occupation of these two small islands, we will be able to contain the city of Venice with very little manpower and will be able to retreat to our garrison if the circumstances ultimately oblige us to do so." Letters from the First Italian Campaign are relatively scarce, and prized because they reveal his military brilliance in his first field command. Napoleon also signs with his full "Bonaparte" signature, the rarest form of his autograph.