History of the Royal Regiment of Artillery, Volume 1

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J. Murray, 1879

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Page 353 - Wayne, and it must in Justice be allow'd to his Credit, as well as to all Acting under his Orders, that no Instance of Inhumanity was shown to any of the unhappy Captives — No one was unnecessarily put to the Sword or wantonly wounded.
Page 47 - There, on the morning of Sunday, the tenth of June, a day long kept sacred by the too faithful adherents of a bad cause, was born the most unfortunate of princes, destined to seventy-seven years of exile and wandering, of vain projects, of honours more galling than insults, and of hopes such as make the heart sick.
Page 376 - ... had been called, appeared the Hector of his host. Battle after battle had he fought ; climate after climate had he endured ; towns had yielded to his mandate, posts were abandoned at his approach ; armies were conquered by his prowess; one nearly exterminated, another chased from the confines of South Carolina beyond the Dan into Virginia, and a third severely chastised in that State on the shores of James River. But here even he, in the midst of his splendid career, found his conqueror.
Page 376 - Universal silence was observed amidst the vast concourse, and the utmost decency prevailed: exhibiting in demeanor an awful sense of the vicissitudes of human life, mingled with commiseration for the unhappy.
Page 376 - Returning to the head of the column, it again moved under the guidance of Lincoln to the field selected for the conclusion of the ceremony. Every eye was turned, searching for the British commander in chief, anxious to look at that man, heretofore so much the object of their dread. All were disappointed. Cornwallis held himself back from the humiliating scene; obeying sensations which his great character ought to have stifled.
Page 355 - ... by the Sandwich Pacquet. — Since that Time no material Occurrence has happen'd 'till Thursday last when a most Extraordinary Attempt was made to take by Assault the Post of Paulis Hook that has been occupied by the King's Troops ever since they took Possession of New York. — It is on the Jersey shore opposite to this Town and considered as an Appendage to it. I am sorry to say the Enterprize, bold as it was, succeeded but too well, and little to the Honor of the Defendants. — That your...
Page 286 - The showers of shot and shells which were now directed from their land-batteries, the batteringships, and, on the other hand, from the various works of the garrison, exhibited a scene, of which perhaps neither the pen nor the pencil can furnish a competent idea. It is sufficient to say that...
Page 376 - He had been unfortunate, not from any false step or deficiency of exertion on his part, but from the infatuated policy of his superior, and the united power of his enemy, brought to bear upon him alone. "^ There was nothing with which he could reproach himself ; there was nothing with which he could reproach his brave and faithful army : why not, then, appear at its head in the day of misfortune, as he had always done in the day of triumph ? The British general in this instance deviated from his...
Page 375 - O'Hara, marched out of its lines with colors cased, and drums beating a British march. The author was present at this ceremony ; and certainly no spectacle could be more impressive than the one now exhibited. Valiant troops yielding up their arms after...
Page 287 - Our firing was therefore continued, though with less vivacity ; but as the artillery, from such a hard-fought day, exposed to the intense heat of a warm sun, in addition to the harassing duties of the preceding night, were much fatigued, and as it was impossible to foresee what new objects might demand their service the following day, the governor, about six in the evening, when the enemy's fire abated, permitted the majority of the officers and men to be relieved by a...

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