Military Memoirs of Four Brothers; (Natives of Staffordshire) Engaged in the Service of Their Country, as Well in the New World and Africa, as on the Continent of Europe

Military Memoirs of Four Brothers; (Natives of Staffordshire) Engaged in the Service of Their Country, as Well in the New World and Africa, as on the Continent of Europe

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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. 1829 edition. Excerpt: ...of the engagement, although it shews you our correct position during the action. To a spectator, the sight must have been imposing. The frigates could only be distinguished at intervals, emerging from the smoke. I had the command of six thirty-two-pounders, on the quarter-deck, with the royal marines; and we fired, I believe, forty rounds out of each gun, during the two hours; they became so heated, that two or three of my guns dismounted, and wounded several of the men; we were, in consequence, obliged to reduce the quantity of powder. If you had seen me during the action, you would have taken me for any thing but an officer, for I was as black as a sweep. In the middle of the conflict it became so hot, that I threw off my uniform and neckcloth, and unbuttoned my shirt collar, consequently, the powder had so completely blackened my shirt and face, that had a soot bag been shaken over me, I could not have been worse. I have scarcely been able to use my right hand since, the skin having been taken off four of my fingers, by the friction of the ropes, in working the guns; for I pulled and hauled as well as my men, not choosing to remain inactive, when the shot were flying about. I have, providentially, hitherto escaped all danger, but our labours have scarcely yet commenced. We are now preparing for a grand attack upon the French fleet, which we expect, will be attempted the day after to-morrow. Our advanced guards, stationed for the night, are now engaged with some of the enemy's detached batteries; in short, we have continual skirmishing. We are up the Scheldt, a short distance from Antwerp, the enemy's fleet lying there, of which we hope to be in possession before many days are past. A strong chain or boom, runs across the river, from one...show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236657187
  • 9781236657183