The Correspondence of the Right Honourable William Wickham from the Year 1794 Volume . 2

The Correspondence of the Right Honourable William Wickham from the Year 1794 Volume . 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ... might not risk bringing back the Eussians, who were running on the road to Lucerne and up the Albis, until the town of Zurich should be carried from the other side. Before the camp a very fine regiment of hussars, a battalion of infantry and a corps of Cossacks, with eight or ten pieces of artillery, were drawn up in a line of battle, with no enemy in front, the French batteries on the mountains ready to take them on their left flank whenever it should be thought advisable, and the enemy on the opposite side advancing almost on a line with their right flank. Behind us, at the distance of about six miles, were the Eussians running like madmen up Mount Albis, actually in possession of the French camp, and apparently inattentive to everything that was passing behind them. On the opposite side of the river was a battalion and some detached companies of Eussians, supported by a regiment of dragoons and some Cossacks retiring slowly before the French, and already within about a mile and a half of Zurich. They were firing without knowing at what, and charging with the bayonet, though they could not see the enemy. r In the vines and hedges before them were two battalions of French chasseurs, dispersed in such a manner that you could not see two of them together, and never showing themselves but at the moment when they fired. Behind them, along the great road, marched a very strong battalion, formed in a very close column, towards which the chasseurs retreated when the Eussians charged into the vineyards with the bayonet. The regiment of Eussian dragoons attempted to charge once or twice, but before they had gone forty yards, they were exposed to so severe a fire from the chasseurs in the vines and on each side of the road, that it was impossible more

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  • Paperback | 152 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236593235
  • 9781236593238