War and Peace

War and Peace

by

Leo Tolstoy

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Bagration (a real historical figure) is a Russian general in 1805–6 and a commander during Napoleon’s invasion in 1812. In 1805, Kutuzov sends Bagration’s vanguard to delay the French, successfully misleading the French into thinking Bagration’s detachment is the whole army. Prince Andrei spends time with Bagration’s detachment at the battle of Schöngraben and admires his hands-off, encouraging style of leadership. Moscow society honors him as a hero for his level-headedness at Austerlitz, contrasting him with Kutuzov. He is fatally injured at the battle of Borodino.

Prince Bagration Quotes in War and Peace

The War and Peace quotes below are all either spoken by Prince Bagration or refer to Prince Bagration. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of War and Peace published in 2008.
Volume 1, Part 3: Chapters 10–13 Quotes

That night Rostov was on the picket line with his platoon forward of Bagration’s detachment. […] His eyes kept closing, and in his imagination the sovereign appeared, then Denisov, then Moscow memories […] “Why not? It might well be,” thought Rostov, “that the sovereign, meeting me, gives me some assignment, saying as to any officer: ‘Go and find out what’s there.’ There are many stories about how he got to know some officer quite by chance and attached him to himself. What if he attached me to himself? Oh, how I’d protect him, how I’d tell him the whole truth, how I’d expose the deceivers!”

Page Number: 265
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Prince Bagration Character Timeline in War and Peace

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Volume 1, Part 2: Chapters 13–20
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...who know no more than he does. In a nearby house, he finds Kutuzov, Prince Bagration, and an Austrian general named Weyrother. Even here, things are confused, but Andrei manages to... (full context)
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Kutuzov sends Bagration’s vanguard over the hills to try to forestall the French on the road from Vienna... (full context)
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...not trusting his generals to follow through, Napoleon himself prepares to move into battle, while Bagration’s men complacently rest. (full context)
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Prince Andrei persuades Kutuzov to let him join Bagration’s detachment. He surveys the condition of Bagration’s bedraggled troops, deciding to stay with a group... (full context)
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...the Russians. Prince Andrei takes out a notebook and jots some ideas to tell Prince Bagration, picturing various battle contingencies. At the back of his mind, he listens to soldiers in... (full context)
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The battle begins in earnest. Prince Andrei rides in search of Prince Bagration. General Murat has just received Napoleon’s letter, and he moves his troops around both Russian... (full context)
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...to press into both the right and left Russian flanks. As Prince Andrei listens to Bagration’s orders, he’s surprised that no orders are actually given—Bagration acts as if everything that happens,... (full context)
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Prince Bagration moves down into the valley and begins to encounter wounded soldiers. The air is thick... (full context)
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...the Russian right flank is able to retreat, but the left flank is in disarray. Bagration sends Zherkov to order the left flank to retreat, but Zherkov becomes frightened and fails... (full context)
Volume 1, Part 2: Chapter 21
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...silence. Rostov sits next to Tushin, numbly watching their campfire. In a nearby cottage, Prince Bagration eats dinner with Prince Andrei and other officers. The regimental commander tells Bagration that he... (full context)
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Tushin is summoned into the officers’ cottage. He enters timidly, tripping over a French standard. Bagration asks Tushin why two of his guns were abandoned. Disgraced, Tushin stumbles over his words—he... (full context)
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...thinks wistfully of the Russian winter, wondering why he ever came here. The next day, Bagration’s detachment joins Kutuzov’s army. (full context)
Volume 1, Part 3: Chapters 6–9
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...ashamed for frightening his family. He also tosses aside a letter of recommendation to Prince Bagration, secured for him by Anna Mikhailovna. Boris picks up the letter and tells him he... (full context)
Volume 1, Part 3: Chapters 10–13
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On the sixteenth of November, Denisov’s squadron in Bagration’s detachment (Nikolai Rostov’s squadron) moves into action. It turns out that the squadron is kept... (full context)
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...by sulkily. Prince Andrei enters the room about seven o’clock to tell Kutuzov that Prince Bagration isn’t coming, then he remains in the council. Kutuzov abruptly falls asleep. (full context)
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...their adjutants, who have ridden up to see what’s going on. Prince Dolgorukov tells Prince Bagration that it’s surely just a ruse. Bagration is skeptical. He asks Rostov what he’s observed,... (full context)
Volume 1, Part 3: Chapters 14–19
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Meanwhile, on the army’s right flank, Prince Bagration is reluctant to get started. To delay things, he tells Dolgorukov to send a messenger... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 1: Chapters 1–6
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In March, Count Rostov arranges a dinner at the English Club in honor of Prince Bagration. In the flurry of last-minute preparations, the Count orders Nikolai to Count Bezukhov’s to get... (full context)
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On March 3rd, Prince Bagration’s dinner at the English club takes place with 300 guests. When news had first come... (full context)
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But the Russian troops are universally regarded as heroic, especially Prince Bagration, who kept his column in order during the battle and twice beat back the French.... (full context)
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...share his wealth and status. Nikolai talks with Dolokhov, whom he’s recently befriended. When Prince Bagration is announced, he comes in wearing a new uniform decorated with medals, yet looking as... (full context)
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Before dinner, Count Rostov makes sure to introduce Nikolai to Bagration, who recognizes him from the war. The meal itself is a great success, and soon... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 1: Chapters 8–11
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...the abandonment of former plans and a bold advance into Poland. These include Russians like Bagration and the up-and-coming Ermolov. (full context)
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Andrei thinks the best generals are, like Bagration, absent-minded. In fact, the highest human qualities are a disadvantage for a commander. A good... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 2: Chapters 1–5
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...reads the paper, which is Barclay de Tolly’s order saying that his army and Prince Bagration’s army will soon unite before Smolensk, and that the inhabitants needn’t worry. (full context)
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On August 7th, Prince Bagration writes a letter to Arakcheev, knowing it will also be read by the Emperor. He... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 2: Chapters 30–35
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The battle’s main action takes place on a stretch of field between Borodino and Prince Bagration’s defenses. From his position on the Shevardino redoubt, peering through field glasses at the billowing... (full context)
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...he can despite his age and weariness. In the late morning, he learns that Prince Bagration has been injured. Soon after, he hears the heartening news that General Murat has been... (full context)
Volume 4, Part 2: Chapters 1–3
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...plans had been dependent on the capital staying in Russian hands. In addition, generals like Bagration have been killed, and Barclay has left his position. As roles are replaced, generals jockey... (full context)