Considerations on tactics, by an artillery officer [G. Twemlow].

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Page 90 - Do not remain in your own position, however strong it may be, or however well you may have intrenched it; but when you shall hear that they are on their march to attack you, secure your baggage and move out of your camp. You will find them in the common disorder of march; they will not have time to form, which, being but half disciplined troops, is necessary for them.
Page 19 - A stallion horse is as a mocking friend, he neigheth under every one that sitteth upon him.
Page 26 - The soldiers of the 69th, with an alacrity which will ever do them credit, and Lieutenant Pearson of the same regiment, were almost the foremost on this service : —the first man who jumped into the enemy's mizen chains was Captain, BERRY, late my first Lieutenant (Captain Miller was in the very act of going also, but I directed him to remain): he was supported from our sprit-sail yard, which hooked in the mizenrigging.
Page 26 - ... on the quarter-deck of a Spanish first-rate, extravagant as the story may seem, did I receive the swords of vanquished Spaniards ; which, as I received, I gave to William Fearney, one of my bargemen, who put them, with the greatest sangfroid, under his arm.
Page 25 - ... on with the swiftness and violence of a hailstorm, were closely followed by the broad, black columns, in all the majesty of war.
Page 16 - Cursing and swearing were seldom heard among the officers ; a sot and a drunkard, was the object of scorn ; and the poor soldiers, many of them the refuse and dregs of the nation, became, at the close of one or two campaigns, tractable, civil, sensible, and clean, and had an air and spirit above the vulgar."* A leading feature in the character of the duke of Marlborough, was, his generous magnanimity.
Page 46 - I think my junction with Hill on the Adaja is now quite certain ; and that I have got clear, in a handsome manner, of the worst scrape I ever was in. Caffarelli's troops are certainly here; and the enemy have at least 40,000 infantry and 5000 cavalry. I have not 20,000 British and Portuguese. Amongst the British are all the foreign troops in the army ; and I have not 1500 English cavalry ; and...
Page 16 - And here let me not forget to record to the honour of the illustrious garrison, that regularly as the Lord's Day came round, brigade orders called both officers and men together, that in his own name and in the names of his comrades, one of themselves might present to their Father which is in heaven their common sacrifice of prayer and praise. It was a righteous custom, and produced upon all concerned the happiest effect. It sobered while it encouraged all, from the highest to the lowest, teaching...
Page 10 - Tullie's was, as though that may serve thee that was not sufficient for him. For, even as a hawk flieth not high with one wing, even so a man reacheth not to excellency with one tongue.
Page 46 - ... and German legion upon this occasion; and I am quite satisfied, that if it had been possible to maintain the posts which they had gained with so much gallantry, these troops would have maintained them. Some of the men stormed even the third line, and one was killed in one of the embrasures of that line ; and I had the satisfaction of seeing, that if I could breach the wall of the castle, we should carry the place.

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