The Tragedy of an Army: La Vendée in 1793

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Hutchinson & Company, 1913 - France - 325 pages

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Page 221 - As to me, if I live, you know I shall not quarrel with Henri ; I shall be his aide-de-camp." His advice was readily followed, Henri was chosen ; but when a second in command was to be elected, he said no, he was second, for he should always obey M. de Donnissan, and entreated that the honour might not be given to him, saying that at twenty years of age he had neither weight...
Page 251 - Your grief alone," continued he, " makes me regret life. As for myself, I die easy ; although a sinner, I have done nothing which can give me remorse, or trouble my conscience. I have always served God with piety ; I have fought, and I die for him. I hope in his mercy. I have often seen death near, and I fear it not. I leave life with confidence, and I only regret you ! I had hoped to make you happy. If I have ever given you cause to complain, forgive me.
Page 221 - Larochejaquelein was then proclaimed general, with the acclamations of all the Vendeens. As soon as M. de Lescure knew they had followed his advice, he told me to call Henri. He had hidden himself in a corner, and was crying bitterly. I brought him ; he threw his arms round M. de Lescure's neck, repeated that he was not worthy to be general ; that he only knew how to fight; that he was much too young, and that he should never know how to silence those who opposed him. He begged M. de Lescure to take...
Page 229 - ... collar with his left hand, and managed his horse so well with his legs, that the man could not hurt him. The peasants came up, and wanted to kill the soldier : he would not suffer it. ' Return to the Republicans,' said he to the man, ' tell them you were alone with the chief of the Brigands who has only one hand and no weapon, and that you could not kill him.
Page 293 - ... were even burned. We carried straw into a large room. I threw myself on it with my mother, and a number of other people. I was so overcome with fatigue, that I slept for several hours, amid the noise of cannon ; we were very near them, the shot nearly reached us. The attack had lasted twenty hours. When I awoke the next morning, I got upon my horse without speaking to any person, to learn the news. I was informed, and I saw myself that our soldiers would not attempt the assault, and that there...
Page 312 - ... that the republicans meant to give us battle with all their forces, and we saw that our ruin was about to be consummated. About nine o'clock at night they made me get up. I had thrown myself on a bed with my clothes on ; they placed me on horseback, without my knowing why. I was going to alight, uncertain where I should go, when I heard M. de Marigny's voice. I called to him for information ; he took the bridle of my horse, and without saying a word, led me to the corner of the square. There...
Page 6 - ... proof against every kind of danger, fatigue, and want — these are what make the Vendeans formidable foes...
Page 261 - He had the indifferent air of the savage ; his look was grey and inflexible as an iron rod ; his lower lip trembled over his clenched teeth.

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