On November 6, 1812, in St Petersburg, John Quincy Adams makes the following entry in his diary:
6th. The official account of the battle of Malo Yaroslawetz, 24th October, is now published. Koutouzof, as usual, claims the victory; but his army again retreated after it. As yet, no decisive proof appears whether the object of the French army was to cover its own retreat, or to penetrate farther into Russia. That they do not expect or intend to return to Moscow appears certain.