The Black Watch Volume 3

The Black Watch Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1834 edition. Excerpt: ...tell you all I know--but hark! what bustle is this?Heavens, what a glare of light!" They looked around, and saw on the instant the flames bursting from the houses of the little village of Veesont, almost in the centre and front of their position; some soldiers, in the wantonness of war, having set it on fire, while the commander-in-chief and his generals were at supper in their tent. A bustle now rose in this part of the bivouac, and, before Campbell could say another word, the friends-were interrupted by a summons to the left battalion of the Black Watch, to rouse in silence and proceed immediately to join the outposts in the plain, as a party of observation upon the movements of the enemy, in consequence of the alarming light of the burning hamlet. As Hector descended again into the valley, his thoughts, for a time, were more taken up with the import of the strange communication of his friend than even with the exciting nature of vo1.. III. 1 his duty. But the care of his men during their hasty tramp in the dark, over fields and among fences, now rendered more obscure by the light from the houses on fire, required all his attention, and he soon found other employment for his mind. As the party was halted towards the middle of the valley, and Hector got leisure to look around him, the midnight scene of solemn gloom, rather deepened and made-picturesque by the moving glare of the flames, as they tinted with red the long rows of sleeping soldiery, and threw into fanciful shadow the distant heights of Fontenoy, might well aifect an ardent imagination on the eve of the uncertain fatalities of battle. The quick tramp of the visiting outpost, and the low challenge of the sentinel, were the only sound near that disturbed the dull ear more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236993195
  • 9781236993199