A Collection of Scarce and Valuable Tracts; On the Most Interesting and Entertaining Subjects

A Collection of Scarce and Valuable Tracts; On the Most Interesting and Entertaining Subjects : But Chiefly Such as Relate to the History and Constitution of These Kingdoms. Selected from an Infinite Number in Print and Volume 5

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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. 1811 edition. Excerpt: ...plant some canon there. We answered their severall approaches by so many counter-works. A sconce was built upon a rising ground that looked into their trenches, where we could plant foure piece of ordnance, to cleare within the wals a ground called the Friars Orchard, southward, and scoure tlnir flank upon their entrance at the east gate, and so northward. Also an inner work was drawn from the south side along the middle ot the Orchard, and all passages stopt between that and the east port. And to hinder their gallery, we began to undermine, for a place to put forth a peece of ordnance at the bottom of the wall, to batter the flank thereof; which was perfected, and a sakcr there placed. Commanded men were drawn out upon the walls, granadoes provided, and when the great gun played upon the gallery, the mnsketiers sent plenty of shot, and cast divers granadoes into their trenches. In the mean while (they firing their ordnance against the top of the wall) we cut ofi' a maine beame of the gallery "with our bolt shot: ' But the same day the enemy had sunk a piece against the port-hole of our mine, and forced us to withdraw the saker; yet we cast them back three dayes work. And because all this side of the town had no flankers, nothing did more offend the enemy in their entrenchments then an old barne at a corner point near the north port, in which was mounted a peece that commanded three severall wayes, and obliquely looked into their trenches, and oft times did good execution upon the pioners. This was the chiefe strength of that side, conceived the weakest part of the town. Upon the key-head an halfe-moon was raysed, with a breast-work upon Seavern side, under the castle, to defend an assault from those high grounds beyond...show more

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