History of the War in the Peninsula and in the South of France: From the Year 1807 to the Year 1814, Volume 2

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Meline, Cans and Company and for G. Pratt, 1839 - Peninsular War, 1807-1814
 

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Page 332 - Hawkshawe, fell wounded, and the fusilier battalions, struck by the iron tempest, reeled and staggered like sinking ships ; but suddenly and sternly recovering they closed on their terrible enemies, and then was seen with what a strength and majesty the British soldier fights.
Page 203 - A poor orphan Portuguese girl, about seventeen years of age, and very handsome, was seen coming down the mountain and driving an ass, loaded with all her property, through the midst of the French army. She had abandoned her dwelling in obedience to the proclamation, and now passed over the field of battle with a childish simplicity, totally unconscious of her perilous situation, and scarcely understanding which were the hostile and which the friendly troops, for no man on either side was so brutal...
Page 604 - ... the continual clatter of the muskets, made a maddening din. " Now a multitude bounded up the great breach as if driven by a whirlwind, but across the top glittered a range of sword-blades, sharp-pointed, keenedged on both sides, and firmly fixed in ponderous beams, which were chained together, and set deep in the ruins...
Page 330 - Beresford, finding his exhortations to advance fruitless, seized an ensign and bore him and his colours, by main force, to the front ; yet the troops would not follow, and the man went back again on being released. In this crisis, the weather, which had ruined Colborne's brigade, also prevented Soult from seeing the whole extent of the field of battle, and he still kept his heavy columns together. His...
Page 179 - The stern countenance, robust frame, saturnine complexion, caustic speech, and austere demeanor of the first, promised little sympathy with the short thick figure, dark flashing eyes, quick movements, and fiery temper of the second ; nor did they often meet without a quarrel.
Page 637 - A few hours' delay, an accident, a turn of fortune, and he would have been foiled ! ay ! but this is war, always dangerous and uncertain, an ever-rolling wheel and armed with scythes...
Page 321 - The officers of the army may depend upon it that the enemy to whom they are opposed are not less prudent than they are powerful. Notwithstanding what has been printed in gazettes and newspapers, we have never seen small bodies unsupported successfully opposed to large ; nor has the experience of any officer realized...
Page 608 - Let him consider that the slain died not all suddenly, nor by one manner of death ; that some perished by steel, some by shot, some by water, that some were crushed and mangled by heavy weights, some trampled upon...
Page 332 - Such a gallant line, issuing from the midst of the smoke, and rapidly separating itself from the confused and broken multitude, startled the enemy's heavy masses, which were increasing and pressing onwards as to an assured victory ; they wavered, hesitated, and then vomiting forth a storm of fire, hastily endeavoured to enlarge their front, while a fearful discharge of grape from all their artillery whistled through the British ranks. Myers was killed ; Cole and the three Colonels, Ellis, Blakeney,...
Page 224 - I had done and intended to do ; and that, instead of endeavoring to render all further defence fruitless, by disturbing the minds of the populace at Lisbon, they would have done their duty by adopting measures to secure the tranquillity of the town. But I suppose that, like other weak individuals, they add duplicity to their weakness, and that their expressions of approbation, and even gratitude, were intended to convey censure.

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