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Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World: From Marathon to Waterloo
Edward S. Creasy
Limited preview - 1994
action American approach arms arrived artillery assailants assault attack bank batteries battle bayonets body Brevet brigade British army broadside camp cannon Captain captured carronades cavalry chapparal Chapultepec charge Clinton Colonel column command commenced Commodore companies Congress Cornwallis Creek crew defence detachment division encamped enemy enemy's engaged escape fell fire flag flank fleet force frigate front gallant garrison guns heavy hill Hornet horses hundred immediately Indians infantry Jackson killed and wounded land Lieutenant Lieutenant-Colonel Lord Cornwallis loss Major ment Mexican miles militia Molino del Rey morning mounted night o'clock officers ordered party pass position prisoners Puebla Queenstown Quitman rear received redoubts regiment reinforcements retreat returned riflemen river road sail San Juan d'Ulloa Santa Anna Scott sent ship shot side Sir Henry Clinton sloop-of-war soldiers soon South Carolina squadron surrender tion took town troops United vessels victory volunteers Washington whole
Page 14 - I do hereby in his majesty's name, offer and promise his most gracious pardon, to all persons who shall forthwith lay down their arms, and return to the duties of peaceable subjects, excepting only from the benefit of such pardon, SAMUEL ADAMS and JOHN HANCOCK, whose offences are of too flagitious a nature to admit of any other consideration than that of condign punishment.
Page 329 - Farewell, my nation ! Black Hawk tried to save you, and avenge your wrongs. He drank the blood of some of the whites. He has been taken prisoner, and his plans are stopped. He can do no more. He is near his end. His sun is setting, and he will rise no more. Farewell to Black Hawk.
Page 412 - ... castle the fate that impended. The enemy were steadily driven from shelter to shelter. The retreat allowed not time to fire a single mine, without the certainty of blowing up friend and foe. Those who, at a distance, attempted to apply matches to the long trains, were shot down by our men. There was death below as well as above ground. At length the ditch and wall of the main work were reached ; the...
Page 365 - This state of things continued until the twenty-seventh ; the army throwing a constant shower of bombs into the city, and the Naval Battery, (manned daily by fresh officers and men,) beating down the fortifications, and destroying every thing within its range, when a flag of truce was sent out with an offer, which was immediately accepted, of an unconditional surrender of the city of Vera Cruz and the castle of San Juan d'Ulloa.
Page 14 - I do .hereby in his majesty's name offer and promise, his most gracious pardon to all persons, who shall forthwith lay down their arms, and return to the duties of peaceable subjects, excepting only from the benefit of such pardon, Samuel Mams, and John Hancock, whose offences are of too flagitious a nature to admit of any other consideration than that of condign punishment.
Page 239 - Tallassee kings,) and from the circumstance of their making no efforts to molest our return, probably greater. The number of buildings burnt, some of a superior order for the dwellings of savages, and filled with valuable articles, is supposed to be 400.
Page 242 - Higgins and the inspector general, and by all the officers and privates who composed that line. The enemy was completely routed at every point, and the friendly Indians joining in the pursuit, they were chased about two miles with considerable slaughter.
Page 125 - ... atrocity, without parallel in the modern warfare of civilized nations. The Russian gunners, when the storm of cavalry passed, returned to their guns. They saw their own cavalry mingled with the troopers who had just ridden over them, and, to the eternal disgrace of the Russian name, the miscreants poured a murderous volley of grape and canister on the mass of struggling men and horses, mingling friend and foe in one common ruin.
Page 234 - The action now became general along the line, and in fifteen minutes the Indians were seen flying in every direction. On the left they were met and repulsed by the mounted riflemen ; but on the right, owing to the halt of Bradley's regiment...
Page 20 - MR. PRESIDENT: Though I am truly sensible of the high honor done me, in this appointment, yet I feel great distress, from a consciousness that my abilities and military experience may not be equal to the extensive and important trust. However, as the Congress desire it, I will enter upon the momentous duty, and exert every power I possess in their service, and for the support of the glorious cause.