With darkness approaching, Murat draws back to strengthen his positions and prepare for tense night and a continued fight in the morning. Everything suggests the Russians are doing the same. No ground must be allowed to be taken by the enemy and every effort must be followed to in a good position to resume the attack.
The situation at 1900hrs.
The ridgeline continues to draw Russian attention.
As does the village. French troops prohibit the enemy from breaking out.
French Cuirassiers gather.
Russian cavalry flee.
More Russian cavalry move up to fill the gap.
Russian Guard Lancers
Russian Guard infantry in a regimental square
The centre of the battlefield
Russian cavalry remaining on the right flank of the French lines
Tsar Alexander I of Russia
French and Italian light cavalry intimadate what remains of the Russian dragoon brigades
Italian Guard infantry finally deploy onto the battlefield on the right
Italian infantry in column
Under the cover of the darkness, the Russians withdraw from the field and begin a hasty movement away from Smolensk. Murat was not aware until reports came in just prior to sunrise as Russian skirmishers and picketts were left in place to hold the ruse.
With Smolensk now safely under seige (this Russian army was attempting to break through to relieve the besieged), the attention moves north to Moscow where 2 French corps have contacted forward elements of 2 Russian corps defending the city.
... to be continued ...