The History of the French Revolution, 1789-1800 Volume 5

The History of the French Revolution, 1789-1800 Volume 5

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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. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...prodigies of valour, and gloriously sustained the honour of the flag. We had lost two ships; the English also had lost two--one of which was aground, and the other dismasted: our fire was superior. The unfortunate Brneys was wounded; he would not leave the deck. "An Admiral," said he, " ought to die giving orders." A cannon-ball killed him on his quarter-deck. About eleven o'clock a fire broke out on board the magnificent ship I'Orient. She blew up. This tremendous explosion suspended for a short time this obstinate conflict.f Our five ships engaged, the Franklin, the Tonnant, the Peuple Souverain, the Spartiate, and the Aquilon, undaunted by the catastrophe, kept up their fire the whole night. There would still have been time for the right to weigh anchor and to come to their assistance. Nelson feared lest this manoeuvre should be executed: he was so crippled that he could not have sustained the attack. At length Villeneuve made sail, but to stand out to sea and to save his wing, which he did not think could be risked with advantage against Nelson. Three of his ships threw themselves upon the coast; he escaped with the other two and two frigates, and sailed for Malta. The engagement had lasted upwards of fifteen hours. All the crews attacked had performed prodigies of valour. The brave Captain Du Petit-Thouars had two of his limbs shot off. He ordered snuff to be brought him, remained on his quarter-deck, and, like Brueys, waited till a cannon-ball despatched him. Our whole squadron, excepting the two ships and two frigates carried off by Villeneuve, was destroyed. Nelson had suffered so severely that he could not pursue the fugitives. See Appendix II. t "At ten o'clock I'Orient blew up, with an explosion so tremendous, that nothing in ancient...show more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 435g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236664566
  • 9781236664563