A history of the siege of Gibraltar: With a description and account of that garrison, from the earliest periods

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T. Nelson, 1839 - Gibraltar - 379 pages

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Page 241 - ... shot. The boy, who was usually stationed on the works where a large party was employed to inform the men when the enemy's fire was directed to that place, had been reproving them for their carelessness in not attending to him, and had just turned his head toward the enemy, when he observed this shot, and instantly called for them to take care ; his caution was, however, too late ; the shot entered the embrasure, and had the above-recited fatal effect. It is somewhat singular...
Page 276 - I return a thousand thanks to your Excellency for " your handsome present of fruits, vegetables, and " game. You will excuse me however, I trust, " when I assure you, that in accepting your present I " have broken through a resolution...
Page 275 - I would transmit them to you, and that to this mark of his goodness and attention I should add the strongest expressions of esteem for your person and character. I feel the...
Page 372 - I now most warmly congratulate yon on these united and brilliant testimonies of approbation, amidst such numerous, such exalted tokens of applause : and forgive me, faithful companions, if I humbly crave your acceptance of my grateful acknowledgments. I only presume to ask this favour, as having been a constant witness of your cheerful submission to the greatest hardships, your matchless spirit and exertions, and on all occasions your heroic contempt of every danger.
Page 368 - I would rather see you here as friends, than on your batteries as enemies, where," added he, "you never spared me." The Duke afterwards visited the batteries on the heights. At Willis's he made some remarks on the formidable appearance of the lower defences ; observing, whilst he pointed towards the Old mole battery, that, " had not his opinion been overruled, he should have directed all his efforts against that part of the garrison." The good state of our batteries in so short a period produced...
Page 97 - Henry ;* and when that youthful hero, on his return, laid his early laurels at the feet of his royal father, he presented, at the same time, a plan of the garrison, in the relief of which he had made his first naval essay. In that plan were delineated the improvements which the place had undergone, and the new batteries erected on the heights since the commencement of the blockade.
Page 306 - The construction of the battering ships were so well-calculated for withstanding the combined force of fire and artillery, that they seemed for some time to bid defiance to the powers of the heaviest ordnance. In the afternoon the effects of hot shot became visible.
Page 215 - ... not possible to be described. In an hour the object of the Sortie was fully effected ; and trains being laid to the magazines, Brigadier Ross ordered the advanced corps to withdraw...
Page 294 - ... embrasure, when the shell burst, and fired the gun under the muzzle of which he lay. The report immediately deprived him of hearing, and it was some time before he recovered a tolerable use of that faculty. Major Martin, of the same corps, had likewise a very fortunate escape from a twenty-six- pounder, which shot away the cock of his hat close to the crown.
Page 371 - That the thanks of this House be given to the officers of the several corps of militia which have been embodied in Great Britain and Ireland during the course of the war, for the zealous and meritorious services which, at home and abroad, they have rendered to their Queen and country.

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