Miscellaneous Translations from Oriental Languages

Miscellaneous Translations from Oriental Languages

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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. 1834 edition. Excerpt: ...courage. Still carried away by the impulse of this fool-hardy temerity, these otherwise gallant men closed their ears against every remonstrance, and continued their desultory attempts on different parts of the place, to the useless sacrifice of many a brave and valuable soldier: for the shot and arrows of the besiegers, merely grazing the surface of the walls and battlemcnts, passed over without mischief, while every discharge from the garrison was generally destructive to both man and horse. Under these circumstances an imperial mandate finally came forth, directing that certain parts of the rampart, carefully selected for the purpose, should be mined and blown up by means of gunpowder, so as to afford a practicable opening for assault, while in other points the works should be approached by sap. Both these perilous operations were immediately put in progress; but although there were several other trenches of approach proceeded with on the occasion, in which the besiegers soon contrived to lodge themselves in competent security, and by which the besieged beheld themselves appallingly menaced on every side, there were three lines of attack of a more formidable magnitude, which seemed calculated to excite alarm in the garrison more than all the others put together. First was that under the immediate superintendence of the emperor himself, opposite to the gate of Lakuhtah, and carried on through the united exertions of Hasan Khan the Jaghataian, Rai Puttadzis, and other distinguished commanders. The body of miners seems to have been exclusively employed on this point. The second of these principal lines of attack was under the direction of Shujiat Khan, and Tudermal, with other chiefs whom it would be unnecessary to enumerate. The third...show more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236742958
  • 9781236742957