A Month in the Camp Before Sebastopol

A Month in the Camp Before Sebastopol

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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. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...in three rows, extending across the valley; the first composed of regiments of the Line; the second of troopers standing by their horses; the third of the Guards and Highlanders. Ambulances were posted here and there; and everything seemed ready for a general action; but after waiting till four, and seeing no new symptoms of a move on either side, I returned to camp--there to learn what I had really been looking at! I soon ascertained, that all the most effective portion of the battle had taken place on that side of the ridge which I had visited too late. The Russians whom we saw galloping back over it in the morning, were no doubt the relics of those whom the Heavies, as you will have learnt, had drubbed so heartily, and against such fearful odds--one of the few spectacles in modern warfare, by the bye, which, from its having been a purely cavalry affair, had none of its effect marred by smoke. The splendid reception given by the 93rd Highlanders to the Russian cavalry, was shut out from us by the same unlucky screen. The troopers whom we had watched dashing into the fire of musketry and artillery on the further side of the valley, were, it is true, then and there making their terrible charge under Lord Cardigan; but so dense was the pall in which they were at once wrapped by the musketry and artillery of the enemy--so complete, too, our ignorance of the nature and object of the move ment--that even now I can hardly believe myself to have witnessed that sublime display of military devotion. I had so far provided against this annoyance by arranging with, that I was to accompany him in the event of any engagement taking place, when I should have been pretty sure of seeing the best of everything, and with the best lights. But he, poor...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236779037
  • 9781236779038