The Waterloo Roll Call: With Biographical Notes and Anecdotes

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Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1904 - Waterloo (Belgium), Battle of, 1815 - 296 pages
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Page 258 - I took the Eagle from the Enemy ; he and I had a hard contest for it ; he thrust for my groin— I parried it off, and cut him through the head ; after which I was attacked by one of their lancers, who threw his lance at me, but missed the mark, by my throwing it off with my sword by my right side ; then I cut him from the chin upwards, which went through his teeth...
Page 76 - It was dusk, when two squadrons of Prussian cavalry, both of them two deep, passed over me in full trot, lifting me from the ground, and tumbling me about cruelly ; the clatter of their approach, and the apprehensions it excited, may be easily conceived ; had a gun come that way it would have done for me.
Page ix - ... their graves, and stamp disgrace and infamy on the brows of our children ; and shall we, too, make this base and dastardly surrender to an enemy whom, within these twelve years, our countrymen have defeated in every quarter of the world ? No ; we are not so miserably fallen ; we cannot, in so short a space of time, have become so detestably degenerate ; we have the strength and the will to repel the hostility, to chastise the insolence of the foe.
Page 261 - ... distance from our squares, and generally resisted all attempts to force them to charge the line of serried steel. On one occasion, two gallant French officers forced their way into a gap momentarily created by the discharge of artillery : one was killed by Staples, the other by Adair. Nothing could be more gallant than the behaviour of those veterans, many of whom had distinguished themselves on half the battle-fields of Europe. In the midst of our terrible fire, their officers were seen as if...
Page 114 - So thus did both these nobles die, Whose courage none could stain. An English archer then perceived The noble earl was slain. He had a bow bent in his hand, Made of a trusty tree ; An arrow of a cloth-yard long Up to the head drew he...
Page 261 - ... panes of glass. The artillery did great execution, but our musketry did not at first seem to kill many men ; though it brought down a large number of horses, and created indescribable confusion. The horses of the first rank of cuirassiers, in spite of all the efforts of their riders, came to a stand-still, shaking and covered with foam, at about twenty yards' distance from our squares, and generally resisted all attempts to force them to charge the line of serried steel.
Page 258 - I cut him from the chin upwards, which cut went through his teeth. Next I was attacked by a foot soldier, who after firing at me charged me with his bayonet, but he very soon lost the combat, for I parried it and cut him down through the head ; so that finished the contest for the eagle. After which I presumed to follow my comrades, eagle and all, but was stopped by the General, saying to me, — ' You brave fellow, take that to the rear. You have done enough till you get quit of it ;' which I was...
Page 261 - It was impossible to move a yard without treading upon a wounded comrade, or upon the bodies of the dead; and the loud groans of the wounded and dying was most appalling. At four o'clock our square was a perfect hospital, being full of dead, dying, and mutilated soldiers.
Page 166 - ... much less place them upright against the breach, and almost all the storming party were massacred in the attempt. Placed in a situation so frightful, it required a man of the most determined character to continue the attack. Every officer of the detachment had fallen. Major Mac Geechy one of the first; and at this moment, Dyas and about five-and-twenty men were all that remained of the 200. Undismayed by these circumstances, the soldiers persevered, and Dyas, although wounded and bleeding, succeeded...
Page 28 - We immediately moved forward to the neighbourhood of the town; and the 18th hussars, under the immediate command of Colonel Vivian, had an opportunity of making a most gallant attack upon a superior body of the enemy's cavalry, which they drove through the village of Croix d'Orade...

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