A knight of Somosierra, Wagram, Smoleńsk, Jarosławiec and on the Elbe battles… that is Jan Kozietulski, one of the most famous Polish Napoleon’s followers; he was luckless anent historians and his name was praised by poets and writers first of all.
He owes his renown just to them however even his birth date arouses controversies…
As a young graduate of Knight’s School and Czartoryski family’s favourite, he had a superb chance of a military career, but after the third partition of Poland, he became a bondsman of Frederic William III, so the army had to wait.
The young man was spoiling for legions gathering in Italy… but his father held back his aspirations; so, Jan spent time banqueting and drinking like gilded youth of that time, e.g. Waliccy, Łubieńscy or Krasińscy. Kozietulski joined Friends of Motherland Association whereof chairman was Wincenty Krasiński.
Only in the late autumn of 1806, the Friends of Motherland and Kozietulski among them got a chance to produce evidence of their patriotism. Then, on call of Dąbrowski and Wybicki, they went from Warsaw to Poznań as a Honourable Guard to greet Napoleon and ask him to liberate Poland… These intentions were unsuccessful then, since Jan Nepomucen Umiński’s guard of Poznań forestalled them.
The only benefit of this escapade was the fact that Dąbrowski incorporated the young people from Warsaw into Polish Army and Krasiński obtained a privilege to create a Honourable Guard in Warsaw.
Jan Kozietulski and Tomasz Łubieński became its deputy commanders.
Only after Napoleon’s arrival to Warsaw, local young people could show themselves as emperor’s escort during his daily joy rides all over the capital.
Since then, Kozietulski accompanied the emperor constantly, also when he moved on front lines to watch battles near Gołymin and Pułtusk. (…)”