Saturday, 4 January 2014
Blucher was resting at a convent some distance from Schottenstein when reports came in about Adelsdorf. With Augereau only some thirty miles to the south and vulnerable, it seemed a good idea to head that way and hopefully crush the marshal between the two allied armies. Orders were thus written.
Ney's grapevine was more active. Well informed of his fellow marshals immediate danger the previous night, Ney left Coburg in the early hours and proceeded south in a hurry. By dawn he was already at Rossach.