[Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Bernhard de. (1792–1862)]
Original visiting card from Prince Bernard de Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, the distinguished soldier who became a colonel in the service of the King of the Netherlands. He commanded the 2nd Brigade of the 2nd Dutch Division at the Battle of Waterloo. Mounted on a fragment of an album page, with part of a collector's note in pencil at the right. Foxing and toning. Overall very good. Visiting card 3.25 x 2 inches (8.2 x 5.5 cm).
Prince Bernhard's 2nd Brigade of the 2nd Dutch Division (Sedlnitsky) was the first of the Duke of Wellington's forces to arrive at the crossroads of Quatre Bras, and held their position for almost 24 hours, preventing the left wing of the French L'Armée du Nord from taking the crossroads before the Duke of Wellington and substantial allied forces arrived to fight the Battle of Quatre Bras. The successful holding action by the two brigades of the Dutch 2nd Division was one of the most important actions by any of the coalition brigades in the whole of the Waterloo Campaign. In the years after Waterloo, Bernhard distinguished himself as commander of a Dutch Division in the Belgian campaign of 1831, and from 1847 to 1850 held the command of the forces in the Dutch East Indies.
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