The Life and Campaigns of Field-Marshal Prince Blücher, of Wahlstatt: From the Period of His Birth and First Appointment in the Prussian Service, Down to His Second Entry Into Paris, in 1815...

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Sherwood, Neely and Jones, 1815 - Europe - 429 pages
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Page 426 - ... of St. Cloud and Meudon; but the gallantry of the Prussian troops, under General Ziethen, surmounted every obstacle, and they succeeded finally in establishing themselves on the heights of Meudon, and in the village of Issy. The French attacked them again in Issy, at three o'clock in the morning of the 3d, but were repulsed with considerable loss; and finding that Paris was then open on its vulnerable side, that a communication was opened between the two...
Page 414 - In a short time the battle became general along the whole line. It seems that Napoleon had the design to throw the left wing upon the centre, and thus to effect the separation of the English army from the Prussian, which he believed to be retreating upon Maestricht. For this purpose he had...
Page 414 - For this purpose he had placed the greatest part of his reserve in the centre, against his right wing, and upon this point he attacked with fury. The English army fought with a valour which it is impossible to surpass. The repeated charges of the Old Guard were baffled by the intrepidity of the Scotch regiments/; and at every charge the French cavalry was overthrown by the English cavalry.
Page 425 - Blu•cher; and the castle of Guise surrendered last night. All accounts concur in stating, that it is impossible for the enemy to collect an army to make head against us.
Page 417 - The causeway presented the appearance of an immense shipwreck; it was covered with an innumerable quantity of cannon, caissons, carriages, baggage, arms, and wrecks of every kind. Those of the enemy...
Page 416 - This moment decided the defeat of the enemy. His right wing was broken in three places ; he abandoned, his positions. Our troops rushed forward at the pas de charge, and attacked him on all sides, while at the same time the whole English line advanced.
Page 417 - Planchenoit, which he had on his rear, and which was defended by the guard, was, after several bloody attacks, carried by storm. From that time the retreat became a rout, which soon spread through the whole French army, and, in its dreadful confusion, hurrying away every thing that attempted to stop it, soon assumed the appearance of the flight of an army of barbarians.
Page 416 - Pirch, had successively come up. The French troops fought with desperate fury : however, some uncertainty was perceived in their movements, and it was observed that some pieces of cannon were retreating. At this moment, the first columns of the corps of...
Page 414 - But the superiority of the enemy in numbers was too great ; Napoleon continually brought forward considerable masses, and with whatever firmness the English troops maintained themselves in their position, it was not possible but that such heroic exertions must have a limit.
Page 409 - The enemy, pursuing their charge, passed rapidly by the field-marshal without seeing him ; the next moment, a second charge of our cavalry having repulsed them, they again passed by him with the same precipitation, not perceiving him, any more than they had done the first time. Then, but not without difficulty, the field-marshal was disengaged from under the dead horse, and he immediately mounted a dragoon horse.

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