Life of a Soldier

Noël Lucky Chevalier was a soldier serving in Napoleons arm in the 1800s. This is his journey through several campaigns he fought.
This is my entry for the Historical Fiction Contest


16. November 13th, 1812

It was the 19th of October we had marched out of Moscow, which was after 5 long, grueling weeks of waiting for a reply. You see, Napoleon had sent a letter to the Tsar of Russia to try and form a treaty of some kind, we waited 5 weeks for a reply, but we got none, so Napoleon told us to pack up. It was time to go home.

                I remember we were all so happy to go home, but now, I don’t share the same feeling. The autumn was a warm one, but the winter came early, bringing snow and negative 22 degrees temperature.  We are all literally frozen.

                As I write, my fingers are near frozen in place to the pen. Oh, how I’d love to be at home right at this moment with Mary, curling my fingers around a nice cup of hot coffee, tea or to say the least, but would be the most comforting, would be a cup of hot chocolate loaded with marshmallows.

                Just the thought makes my tummy rumble with hunger, all our food ran out. We eat literally anything that comes our way.

                Oh, dear diary, I’m terrified that I might die and I might never see my dear wife and children again! But as all my friends and buddies, or just someone I know, as I see them all slowly die, it saddens me, brings me despair.

                Sickness is spreading fast across the army, and to make things worse the Cossacks keep attacking us, forcing us to fight, and tiring us out.

                Oh, how much a cup of coffee or hot chocolate sounds right at this moment!

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