Exhausted French Dragoons camping in a village street.

American picture made on the French line of retreat toward Paris.
The original caption reads: The bivouac on piles of straw, with weapons stacked ready for instant service, suggests vividly the condition of these soldiers in the intervals of hard fighting.
Dragoons were originally trained to fight either on horseback or afoot. Many of them carried bamboo lances, said to be stronger than steel.

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