Translation of the introduction: From 7 February 1800 to 31 October 1804, Eugène de Beauharnais scrupulously recorded in ten notebooks all the orders given to the chasseurs and horse grenadiers of the Consular Guard.This is a selection of these texts - of rare historical and uniformological interest - that the SEHRI invites you to (re)discover from now on.
Unfortunately, only the first part seems to have been published, and it's only a selection. If anybody is aware of a complete publication, I'd be very interested!
For context: After 18th Brumaire and Napoleon becoming First Consul by the end of 1799, Eugène (18) had retired from his position as general Bonaparte's aide-de-camp and had instead joined the "chasseurs à cheval" of the Consular Guard. According to his memoirs, he did it mostly because now, being an ADC of Napoleon meant hanging around in anterooms and ushering in all kind of visitors. Which was certainly not what he had joined the army for! He was promoted to capitaine in December 1799 and to chef d'escadron in July 1800, after the battle of Marengo.