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Duration of long-distance march?

The more I look at this, the more it starts to look like one of those awful maths puzzles.

OK, I have an army, based on those in the early 18th century, who I want to move from Point A to Point B.

Points A and B are about 500 miles apart, but connected by roads the whole way. The army is infantry and artillery only (as well as their camp followers)- no cavalry.

I've tried looking for marching speed on the internet, but the only thing I've found was about the Habsburgs' army, and while it says they decreased the army's marching speed to 8-12 miles a day, it doesn't say what from.

So... yes. Approximately how long would it take to get the army from Point A to Point B?

EDIT: Thanks, folks, I think I have a pretty good idea of the kind of time it's going to take them.
A few things I forgot to include before (not sure if this'll make much of a difference:
- they're not in a desperate hurry to get there ASAP
- the roads are by and large very good quality (especially for the last 300 or so miles)
- this is the start of the campaign, so all the men are fresh. However, a good number have only just come out of training, and so probably aren't quite as fit as the others.

If this makes a difference, please let me know. Otherwise, thanks for your help, all of you! :-)
Tags: 1700s (no decades given), ~military (misc), ~travel: pre-modern overland

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