Tales at the Outspan; Or Adventures in the Wild Regions of Southern Africa ...

Tales at the Outspan; Or Adventures in the Wild Regions of Southern Africa ...

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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. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ...to stand any longer, but giving the enemy a farewell volley we rode straight away at a gallop.-This was the first battle I ever had with the savages, and it was bloody enough, for in a very short time we liad killed or wounded nearly a hundred men; some were lying on the plain rigid and with outstretched arms or legs, others were rolling about in agony, or limping away helped on by their comrades. After the affair was over I did not like to think of it, but this feeling soon wore off, when I had passed through more desperate scenes than the one of which I have just told you. It was very shortly after this fight that we all assembled on the south side of the Vaal river, on the banks of the Nama-Hari, and began after some weeks to fancy that we should hear no more either of Moselekatse or his warriors, when we suddenly received information that a large army was coming to attack us, and was within a day's march of our camp. The enemy being so near it was imprudent to attempt a retreat, for our movements being much hampered in consequence of having women and children, as well as waggons for their conveyance, we should have been easily defeated on the march. We therefore saw that we must fight, and fight too for our lives, as no quarter was given by the Matabili. Our first proceeding was to fortify our camp, and to make such arrangements as would keep the Matabili warriors at bay as long as possible. The science of fortification, about which so much has been written, may be nearly summed up in two short rules. First, protect yourself from your enemy's fire, then try to keep him as long as possible exposed to your own fire. The Matabili having only assagais and no guns, the means of defending ourselves against them were at our...show more

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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 163g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236903668
  • 9781236903662