Maps and Images
The thumbnails below link to maps which relate to
the battle of Marengo, either contemporary or more current works which will be
added as they become available.
The 1805 Maps
|Marengo Map Figure 1.
The two maps shown here are
from the 1805 edition of the commemorative Marengo report commissioned by
Berthier. The maps are of a very high quality and are some of the most commonly
referenced contemporary maps of the battle. Map Fig.1 is a full view of the
third map in the series, which shows the units in position for the final fight
west of San Guiliano. Several recent authors place the final engagement between
Boudet's division and Zach's pursuit column on the open "heights" immediately
north of Cassina Grossa, which is at odds with the positions shown on this map
at marker 3. Which version is correct is yet another point for further
research. Map Fig.1 also includes numbered markers we have added which matches
the order of the main fighting: 1) First Austrian attacks to break out. 2)
Breakout and attack on Marengo. 3) Pursuit and
counterattack west of San Guiliano. Map Fig.2 is a close-up of the second map
in the series which shows the units around Marengo as they were fully engaged
earlier in the day.
|Marengo Map Figure 2.
The image at right shows a painting of the Battle of
Marengo which currently hangs in the French Army Museum in Paris. The museum is
located inside The Invalides and also includes Napoleon's burial site and other
French government buildings. The painting, which is located in the Napoleonic
Wars section of the museum, depicts Marengo at the moment of Kellermann's
charge, which can be viewed through the smoke accurately shown striking the
left flank of the Austrian column. Note that the painting apparently indicates
the location of this last attack further west than the maps down above. In this
case, the attack appears to be taking place west of the main road junction and
north of Cassina Grossa.
|Marengo Painting at the Invalides