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action advance allies American arms army arrived artillery attack attempt batteries battle began boats body bridge brigade British broken brought called Captain carried cavalry centre charge close Colonel column command continued corps covered crossed dark defeat defenders direction division effect enemy enemy's English fall fell field fight fire five flank fleet followed force formed forward fought four French front gave give ground Guard guns hand head heavy heights hill hope horse hundred infantry Italy killed land leaving light Lord loss lost miles morning moved Napoleon nearly Nelson never night o'clock officers once opened passed position Prussian reached rear regiment remained retreat returned river road sent ship shot side soldiers soon strong success taken thousand took town troops turned vessels victory village Wellington whole woods wounded
Page 341 - Our ships have gone one way, and we are much astonished to see our father tying up every thing and preparing to run away the other, without letting his red children know what his intentions are. You always told us to remain here...
Page 26 - The fire, he said, was too hot for Nelson to oppose. A retreat he thought must be made. He was aware of the consequences to his own personal reputation, but it would be cowardly in him to leave Nelson to bear the whole shame of the failure, if shame it should be deemed.
Page 215 - Hundreds of men had fallen, and hundreds more were dropping, but still the heroic officers called aloud for new trials, and sometimes followed by many, sometimes by a few, ascended the ruins ; and so furious were the men themselves, that in one of these charges, the rear strove to push the foremost on to the swordblades, willing even to make a bridge of their writhing...
Page 237 - The number of stragglers may be imagined by the fact that the loss of the allied army was upwards of nine thousand, of whom not more than two thousand were killed and wounded at Burgos, and in the combats during the retreat This number includes the Spanish as well as the Anglo-Portuguese loss. It was the beginning of December when the allied army reached their winter quarters around Ciudad...
Page 426 - The cavalry were stationed in the rear, and distributed all along the line, but chiefly posted on the left of the centre, to the east of the Charleroi causeway. The farm-house of La Haye Sainte, in the front of the centre, was garrisoned ; but there was not time to prepare it effectually for defence. The villa, gardens and farm-yard of Hougomont formed a strong advanced post towards the centre of the right. The whole British position formed a sort of curve, the centre of which was nearest to the...
Page 298 - The fire was kept up with equal warmth for fifteen minutes longer, when his main-mast and fore-mast went, taking with them every spar, excepting the bowsprit. On seeing this we ceased firing, so that in...
Page 30 - Lord Nelson has been commanded to spare Denmark when she no longer resists. The line of defence which covered her shores has struck to the British flag ; but if the firing is continued on the part of Denmark, he must set on fire all the prizes that he has taken, without having the power of saving the men who have so nobly defended them. The brave Danes are the brothers, and should never be the enemies, of the English.
Page 30 - Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson has been commanded to spare Denmark, when she no longer resists. The line of defence which covered her shores has struck to the British flag : but if the firing is continued on the part of...
Page 371 - But the fierce glare of his bright and hawk-like eye betrayed a soul and spirit which triumphed over all the infirmities of the body. His dress was simple and nearly threadbare. A small leather cap protected his head, and a short Spanish blue cloak his body, whilst his feet and legs were encased in high dragoon boots, long ignorant of polish or blacking, which reached to the knees. In age he appeared to have passed about forty-five winters — the season for which his stern and hardy nature seemed...