28 June, 1812
the French still trying to bring a hard-to-locate Russian
army to a decisive battle, captured documents pointed Napoleon
Bonaparte towards Vilna.
take advantage of the fortuitous intelligence, the Emperor
ordered Marshal Murat to
take two cavalry corps, backed by 60 horse-artillery pieces,
and pin any Russian force in the vicinity of the town.
pushing his troops to the limit, Murat arrived too late
to hold the already withdrawing Russians.
was now in French hands, but its warehouses and bridges
had been destroyed.