Poetical Illustrations of the Achievements of the Duke of Wellington and His Companions in Arms

Poetical Illustrations of the Achievements of the Duke of Wellington and His Companions in Arms

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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. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...amputated, his hands having been blown off by an accident in one of the batteries. In the course of the morning, whilst conversing with the surgeon who had performed the operation, he told me that he had acted contrary to his instructions, which were, never to amputate but to cure if possible. And upon asking the reason for such an inhuman order having been issued, his reply was, the Emperor did not wish that numbers of mutilated men should be sent back to France, as it would make a bad impression upon the people. I replied, ' You must be a bold man to act in op-position to this order.' He said, 'Affairs are beginning to change, and moreover circumstances make it necessary that the soldiers should know they will be taken proper care of in the event of being wounded, and not left to die like dogs; we send as many as we can at night to Bayonne by the b0ats--thus we clear out the hospital, and are relieved from a great deal of labour.' " In conversations with many of the oflicers, they detailed acts committed by their soldiers in Spain, so revolting to human nature that I dare not commit them to paper; the reader would be disgusted with the recital, and my veracity impeached; and equally incredulous should I have been, had not the narrators declared they had witnessed the scenes which they had described. "A Chef de battalion once asked me how we managed with our soldiers when we wanted them to advance and attack an enemy. My reply was, ' Forward l'-Ah! that way will not do with us; we are obliged to excite our men with spirits, or to work upon their feelings by some animating address; and very often, when I fancied I had wrought them up to the fighting pitch, some old hand would make a remark which in...show more

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  • Paperback | 118 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236492048
  • 9781236492043