Journal of the Waterloo campaign ... 1815, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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Page 371 - ALISON. History of Europe. By Sir ARCHIBALD ALISON. Bart., DCL 1. From the Commencement of the French Revolution to the Battle of Waterloo. LIBRARY EDITION, 14 vols., with Portraits. Demy 8vo, £10, 10s.
Page 310 - We breathed a new atmosphere ; the air was suffocatingly hot, resembling that issuing from an oven. We were enveloped in thick smoke, and, malgre the incessant roar of cannon and musketry, could distinctly hear around us a mysterious humming noise, like that which one hears of a summer's evening proceeding from myriads of black beetles ; cannon-shot, too, ploughed the ground in all directions, and so thick was the hail of balls and bullets that it seemed dangerous to extend the arm lest it should...
Page 269 - Uxbridge was yet speaking, when a single horseman/" immediately followed by several others, mounted the plateau I had left at a gallop, their dark figures thrown forward in strong relief from the illuminated distance, making them appear much nearer to us than they really were. For an instant they pulled up and regarded us, when several squadrons, coming rapidly on the plateau, Lord Uxbridge cried out, "Fire ! — fire ! " and, giving them a general discharge, we quickly limbered up to retire, as...
Page 316 - As a man naturally does when falling, he threw out both his arms before him, and they were blown off at the elbows. He raised himself a little on his two stumps, and looked up most piteously in my face. To assist him was impossible — the safety of all, everything, depended upon not slackening our fire, and I was obliged to tniii from him.
Page 326 - ... consequently at every round they retreated nearer to the limbers ; and as we had pointed our two left guns towards the people who were annoying us so terribly, they soon came altogether in a confused heap, the trails crossing each other, and the whole dangerously near the limbers and ammunition waggons, some of which were totally unhorsed, and others in sad confusion from the loss of their drivers and horses, many of them lying dead in their harness attached to their carriages. I sighed for my...
Page 328 - I must act up to my own words, and, accordingly, there I stood, endeavouring to look quite composed until the cursed thing burst — and, strange to say, without injuring me, though so near. The effect on my men was good. We had scarcely fired many. rounds .at the enfilading battery when a tall man in the black Brunswick uniform came galloping up to me from the rear, exclaiming,
Page 312 - The Brunswickers were falling fast — the shot every moment making great gaps in their squares, which the officers and sergeants were actively employed in filling up by pushing their men together and sometimes thumping them ere they could make them move. These were the very boys whom I had but yesterday seen throwing away their arms, and fleeing, panic-stricken, from the very sound of our horses' feet. Today they fled not bodily, to be sure, but spiritually, for their senses seemed to have left...
Page 371 - SECOND EDITION, revised throughout by the Author, and containing important additions on the influence of Railways and Telegraphs on War, and on the Effects which the changes in Weapons may be expected to produce in Tactics.
Page 372 - CG Gordon, and of the Suppression of the Tai-ping Rebellion. By Andrew Wilson, FASL, Author of ' England's Policy in China; ' and formerly Editor of the 'China Mail.
Page 279 - The foremost of each line were within a few yards of each other - constantly in motion, riding backwards and forwards, firing their carbines or pistols, and then reloading, still on the move I did not see a man fall on either side; the thing appeared quite ridiculous; and but for hearing the bullets whizzing overhead, one might have fancied it no more than a sham fight.

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