Narrative of a Captivity in France; From 1809 to 1814 Volume 1

Narrative of a Captivity in France; From 1809 to 1814 Volume 1

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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. 1836 edition. Excerpt: ...prevailed. Antwerp and different parts of the coast were wholly unprotected, the French armies being then engaged in the campaign against Austria, "there were not," he said, " 300 regular troops at Antwerp, or even in its vicinity." In six days 80,000 troops of various descriptions were collected before that place, and on the coast immediately covering the Scheldt. This force, according to his statement, was composed of gens d'armes called in from the roads, gardes de foret, national guards, veterans, and inmates of the hotel of invalids from Paris, such as were capable of serving, and who were conveyed in carts. Besides these, persons employed in the various bureaus of the administration of the different towns, were likewise compelled to augment the numbers; " if " said he, "your troops had landed at Ostend, or in the vicinity of Newport, they would in forty eight hours have been before Antwerp, which, little fortified, must necessarily have fallen. The object of the expedition being the destruction of our fleet, it would have been effected completely, as the greater part were at that time below fort Lillo, where the line of battle ships would have had to land their guns previous to proceeding for Antwerp, a work which (particularly in such a state of confusion) would have taken some days to effect, our squadron would have been destroyed, and your ships proceeding as far as Lillo, the army would have been enabled to embark with little opposition; such an operation would not have prevented the attack on Flushing, and which would, as it ultimately did, fall into your power." He described the bombardment of that place as an appalling sight, eulogising at the same time the brairery...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236968948
  • 9781236968944