On Life and Letters; 1st-4th Series Volume 2

On Life and Letters; 1st-4th Series Volume 2

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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. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...with his odour." the colossus and administered a couple of slaps on the bronze face. What an ineffaceable disgrace and indignity, for which we may well blush even now! But mark the unsullied glory and consolation of the deeds that atone for it. In defence of her violated territory our France, drained of her life blood, surrenders her last offspring, a handful of peasants, very young and very poor, almost all married, snatched pitifully from their home, their wives, and the lowly contentment of their native fields. They were nicknamed Marie-Louises. And the Marie-Louises were sublime. They scarcely knew how to sit a horse, and General Delort said of them, "I think the authorities have gone crazy to expect me to charge with such cavalry as this!" Nevertheless they swept across Montereau like a torrent, overthrowing the Austrian battalions who were massed in the streets. They scarcely knew how to load a gun; but at Bar-sur-Aube, one against four, they defended the woods of Levigny with nothing but their bayonets; and at Craonne they held out for three hours on the crest of the plateau within close range of the enemies' batteries, the grape-shot from which mowed down six hundred and fifty men out of nine hundred and twenty. With no overcoats, in eight degrees of frost, and badly shod, they marched through the snow, went without food, and still kept up their spirits. There are glorious pages, too, about the National Guards in this Chronicle of Blood. The Spartans at Thermopylae, the grenadiers at Waterloo, were not more intrepid than were these National Guards in their sabots and round hats at La Fere-Champenoise. M. Henry Houssaye has drawn a flaming picture of this battle from an unpublished account by one of the generals. The...show more

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  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236899652
  • 9781236899651