History of the American Colony in Liberia: From December 1821 to 1823

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Way & Gideon, 1826 - Africa - 42 pages
 

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Page 22 - A few musketeers with E. Johnson at their head, by passing round upon the enemy's flank, served to increase the consternation which was beginning to pervade their unwieldy body. In about twenty minutes after the settlers had taken their stand, the front of the enemy began to recoil. But from the numerous obstructions in their rear, the entire absence of discipline, and the extreme difficulty of giving a reversed motion to so large a body, a small part only of which was directly exposed to danger,...
Page 23 - ... of modern warfare! Eight hundred men were here pressed, shoulder to shoulder, in so compact a form that a child might easily walk upon their heads from one end of the mass to the other, presenting in their rear a breadth of rank equal to twenty or thirty men, and all exposed to a gun of great power, raised on a platform, at only from thirty to sixty yards distance!
Page 23 - ... thirty to sixty yards distance! Every shot literally spent its force in a solid mass of living human flesh! Their fire suddenly terminated. A savage yell was raised, which filled the dismal forest with a momentary horror. It gradually died away; and the whole host disappeared.
Page 8 - I promise you protection. If these people give you further disturbance, send for me ; and I swear, if they oblige me to come again to quiet them, I will do it by taking their heads from their shoulders, as I did old King George's, on my last visit to the coast to settle disputes.
Page 28 - The agent, spent with the fatigue of waking two successive nights, had reclined, at thirty minutes past four, upon the light arms which he carried, when the onset was made. The works were attacked, at the same moment, on nearly opposite sides. The enemy's western division had made their way along the muddy margin of the river, under the protection of the bank, to the north-western angle of the palisade ; when, on rising...
Page 21 - Then, retiring upon the centre, (see the arrangement of the guns, p. 150) threw the reserve there stationed, into momentary confusion ; and had the enemy at this instant, pressed their advantage, it is hardly conceivable that they should have failed of entire success. Their avidity for plunder was their defeat. Four houses in that outskirt of the settlement, had fallen into their hands. Every man on whose savage rapacity so resistless a temptation happened to operate^ rushed impetuously upon the...
Page 30 - Their loss, although, from the quantities of blood with which the field was found drenched, certainly considerable, was much less than in the former attack. The agent has often said that their plan of assault was the very best that they could have devised. It was certainly sustained and renewed with a resolution that would not disgrace the best disciplined troops. But they were not fully apprised of the power of well-served artillery.
Page 14 - September. 12 were wholly disabled. The burdens thus thrown upon their brethren accelerated the work of the climate so rapidly, that on the 10th of this month, of the whole expedition, only two remained fit for any kind of service. The Agent was enabled, by a merciful dispensation of Divine Providence, to maintain a difficult struggle with his disorder for four weeks ; in which period, after a night of delirium and suffering, it was not an unusual circumstance ior him to be able to spend an entire...
Page 35 - Dr. Dix, the surgeon of the Cyane, became the earliest victim of a too generous zeal for the advancement of the Colony. The tears of a grateful people fell into his grave, which they closed with their own hands over his ashes. The amiable Seton deserves a more extended memorial. The bloom of youth had just ripened into the graces of manhood, and gave to a person naturally prepossessing, the higher ornament of a benevolent and highly accomplished understanding. He perceived his services were needed...
Page 19 - He stated to the people the purport of the intelligence just received ; that " war was now inevitable ; and the preservation of their property, their settlement, their families, and their lives, depended, under God, wholly upon their own firmness and good conduct; that a most important point in the defence of the place, was to secure a perfect uniformity of action, which should assure to every post and individual the firm support of every other. To this end, they must as punctiliously obey their...

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