The Operations of the French Fleet Under the Count de Grasse in 1781-1782; As Described in Two Contemporaneous Journals

The Operations of the French Fleet Under the Count de Grasse in 1781-1782; As Described in Two Contemporaneous Journals

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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. 1864 edition. Excerpt: ...on the breach of and Nevis. the redoubt. We could scarcely believe our eyes; for the toil and hardship that de Bouille's army had to undergo are incredible; and men must love a commander to suffer the severe duty imposed on 7000 men doing that of 21000. There were officers and men who slept only one night under their tents during the whole siege, which was most interesting from the manner in which it was begun, conducted, and especially terminated. On the 13th Mr. de Grasse safely made his fleet anchor under Nevis, to take in p1-ovisions from transports that had anchored at St. Eustatius the day before, and which had come to Nevis; an operation that could have been performed under sail. We accordingly anchored three leagues to the windward of the English, without a single frigate on the lookout. Mr. de Vaudreuil anchored as near the enemy as possible, so as to observe their movements; but we shall see Mr. Hood walk off without being in the least interfered with. On the 14th we took in provisions. At night the English admiral kindled on shore fires corresponding to those carried at the poop by the commanders of the three divisions of his fleet. He cut his cables and started, leaving Mr. de Grasse at his anchorage, who the next day opened his eyes to see the English, and discovered only the coast; but he perceived the tops of their masts about three leagues off. So afraid were we of molesting them that we did not even send a paltry corvette to see them take their final departure from this quarter. The people of St. Kitts had very justly remarked, that those who knew so well how to get in would know how to get out. Yet here was a French admiral in command of the largest fleet in America for nineteen months. On the 15th we rcoccupied our old...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236926668
  • 9781236926661