Thiers' History of the Consulate, and Empire of Napoleon, Tr. by W. Stapleton

Thiers' History of the Consulate, and Empire of Napoleon, Tr. by W. Stapleton

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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. 1846 edition. Excerpt: ...this idea, the artillery, mounted on dromedaries, were ordered to follow the bed of the Lake Mareotis, and make an attack upon the head of the dyke. It was expected that this diversion would greatly facilitate the coup de main of Lanusse upon our left. On the 21st, before day break, our troops were in motion. The division of the dromedaries executed the movement that had been commanded them with the greatest exactness. They crossed the dry parts of the Lake Mareotis with rapidity; drew up before the head of the dyke--carried the redoubts, and turned the enemy's artillery against their own troops. This of itself was sufficient to deceive the English and lead them astray towards the Lake Mareotis; but to execute with any degree of success the plan agreed upon as on the plain near the sea, it would have required the greatest possible precision; a thing difficult of attainment, especially when manoenvcring in the dark; but more difficult till when there is no chief capable of directing the movements to be executed, and competent to cal culate with exactness, both the time and the distance. The division under Lanusse, manoeuvring in the dark, advanced without order, and frequently became entangled with our troops of the centre. The first column, under General Silly, marched boldly to the redoubt which had been thrown up in advance of the Roman camp. Lanusse conducted the attack in person, and led it on to the very redoubt; but he at the same moment saw that the second columu had taken the wrong route, and instead of proceeding along the sea side to attack the Roman camp, it had approached too close to the first line. He was galloping up to it, that he might direct them to their proper route, when unfortunately he fell mortally wounded; a lamentable...show more

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  • Paperback | 624 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 32mm | 1,098g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236545745
  • 9781236545749