The Rearguard from Moscow 1812
A photo from Tradition Magazine No. 6
Marshal Ney Comander of the Rearguard
On November 14, the corps of Jozef Zajaczek, V Corps and Junot, as the vanguard of the retreating French army, passed through Krasny and continued marching west to Orsha.
The next day, November 15, Napoleon himself arrived at Krasny with his 16,000-strong Imperial Guard.
There Napoleon planned to remain for several days so that the 6,000 troops of Eugène's IV Corps, the 9,000 troops of Davout's I Corps, and the 8,000 troops of Ney's III Corps could unite with him before he resumed his retreat.
Ney's corps formed the rearguard and was not to leave Smolensk until November 17, after destroying the city walls.