Incidents of Travels in Egypt, Arabia Petraea and the Holy Land

Incidents of Travels in Egypt, Arabia Petraea and the Holy Land

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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. 1837 edition. Excerpt: Missolonghi. When they went out against the hosts of Persia, Athens and Sparta were great and free, and they had the prospect of glory and the praise of men, to the Greeks always dearer than life. But when the Suliote chief drew his sword, his country lay bleeding at the feet of a giant, and all Europe condemned the Greek revolution as fool-hardy and desperate. For two months, with but a few hundred men, protected only by a ditch and slight parapet of earth, he defended the town where his body now rests against the whole Egyp tian army. In stormy weather, living upon bad and unwholesome bread, with no covering but-his cloak, he passed his days and nights in constant vigil; in every assault his sword cut down the foremost assailant, and his voice rising above the din of battle, struck terror into the hearts of the enemy. In the struggle which ended with his life, with two thousand men he proposed to attack the whole army of Mustapha Pacha, and called upon all who were willing to die for their country to stand forward. The whole band advanced to a man. Unwilling to sacrifice so many brave men in a death-struggle, he chose three hundred, the sacred number of the Spartan hand, his tried and trusty Suliotes. At midnight he placed himself at their head, directing that not a shot should be fired till he sounded his bugle; and his last command was, "If you lose sight of me, seek me in the pachafs tent." In the moment of victory he ordered the pacha to be seized, and received a ball in the loins; his voice still rose above the din of battle, cheering his men until he was struck by another ball in the head, and borne dead from the field of his glory. Not far from the grave of Bozzaris was a pyramid of sculls, of men who had fallen in the last...
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  • Paperback | 282 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 508g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236579895
  • 9781236579898