The First Republic, [Or, the Whites and the Blues] Volume 1-2

The First Republic, [Or, the Whites and the Blues] Volume 1-2

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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. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...No sooner had Morgan, boiling with impatience, heard Danican's voice shouting far behind him, "Forward!" than he fell with the velocity of an avalanche on Carteaux's troops. The movement was so rapid that the latter had no time to raise their muskets to their shoulders and fire. They fired as they could, receiving Morgan and his men on their bayonets. The battery stationed under the balcony of Charles IX. came very near being taken, so unexpected was the movement. The Sectionists were not ten paces from the muzzles of the guns, when the gunners touched their matches, and fired instinctively. It is impossible to describe the horrible and bloody swathe cut by the three cannon through that solid body of men, close pressed against each other. It was like a breach made in a wall. But the onset of the Sectionists was so headlong that this deadly breach did not arrest; them. But almost at the same moment the roof of the colonnade of the Louvre swarmed with sharp-shooters, whose fire plunged down into the ranks of the Sectionists. During this time a hand-to-hand fight was taking place on the whole ground beside the Louvre. The Sectionists were, in fact, caught between two fires. All the houses in the rue des Poulies, the rue des Fosses-Saint-Germaim l'Auxerrois, and the rue des Pretres, looked upon the garden of the Infanta, and all were vomiting death. Morgan had resolved in his own mind to take Carteaux prisoner himself. But by the time he reached him Car teaux had put himself under shelter of the bayonets of his men. For an instant it was like a duel to the death along the whole line. The Sectionists, repulsed by the bayonets, fell back a step, reloaded, fired at close quarters, and then, seizing the...show more

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  • Paperback | 210 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 386g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236948823
  • 9781236948823