Crisp morning air greeted warriors from several nations.
Some were up earlier than others. ADC’s leapt to saddle rushing orders to Commanders in the field.
Many were in the saddle prior to sun up, sabers sheathed with cloth to metal muffle noises.
Others broke camp later, after a hearty meal and uniform inspection.
Regardless of the side the men fought for, all were confident.
The Peninsula campaign had proven Napoleon’s armies were no match for British courage and cold steel.
Prussian men had a burning desire to reclaim their manhood after Jena and a host of defeats.
Frenchmen were excited to see the Corsican ride again even if they were weary from decades of war.
They still recalled the farewell made as he departed for Elba.