Narrative of a Private Soldier in His Majesty's 92d Regiment of Foot; Written by Himself. Detailing Many Circumstances Relative to the Insurrection in Ireland in 1798 the Expedition to Holland in 1799 and the Expedition to Egypt in 1801

Narrative of a Private Soldier in His Majesty's 92d Regiment of Foot; Written by Himself. Detailing Many Circumstances Relative to the Insurrection in Ireland in 1798 the Expedition to Holland in 1799 and the Expedition to Egypt in 1801

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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. 1822 edition. Excerpt: ...movements; and the unavoidable delays that took plaice, gave them a fair opportunity to provide for their defence, for they now knew the only point at which we rould land. I contemplated the scene with an anxious aching heart. The number of troops in the boats was about 55)0, aud the whole army about 15, (100, of which there were about 1000 sick at the time of landing, and of these about 400 belonged to our own regiment.--There.were two bomb ketches and three sloops of war, anchored with their broadsides to the shore: on the right flank of the boats there were a cutler, two Turkish gun-boats, and two armed launches; and on the left flank, a cutter, a schooner, one gun-boat, and two launches. These light vessels were to go as near the shore as the water would admit, to annoy the enemy and protect the boats. At nine o'clock the signal was made for the boats to advance; and the whole line advanced at the same instant, giving three loud cheers. "The French, to the number of two thousand, were posted on the top of sand-hills, forming the concave arc of a circle on the front of about a mile, in the centre of which elevated itself, a nearly perpendicular height of sixty yards, apparently inaccessible." The left of this rising grouud was a continuation of sand-hills close to the shore, gradually diminishing in their height, until they ended in a long flat tongue forming the entrance of Lake Maadie. The ground to the right of the centre height on the shore was flat, but there were clusters of thick bushes, (such as form the date or palm tree), which were favourable for concealing the enemy; and on the extremity of the right stood the castle of Aboukir, in which were several 10 inch mortars, and a large Martello tower, having two brass 32 pounders...show more

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  • English
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  • 9781236588371