The Subaltern

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[W] Blackwood, 1900 - 248 頁

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第 ii 頁 - Their dearest action in the tented field ; And little of this great world can I speak, More than pertains to feats of broil and battle ; And therefore little shall I grace my cause, In speaking for myself; yet by your gracious patience...
第 35 頁 - ... divisions pressed on. The opposite bank was soon gained, and the short space between the landing-place and the foot of the breach rapidly cleared, without a single shot having been returned by the assailants. But here the most alarming prospect awaited them.
第 96 頁 - French cottage, surrounded by a garden, and detached from all others. In about five minutes after order had been restored, we heard a female shriek come from that cottage. It was followed by the report of a musket ; and ere we had time to reach the spot, another shot was fired. We ran up and found a poor old French peasant lying dead at the bottom of the garden. A bullet had passed through his head, and his thin grey hairs were dyed with his own blood. We hastened towards the house ; and just as...
第 34 頁 - It would be difficult to convey to the mind of an ordinary reader anything like a correct notion of the state of feeling which takes possession of a man waiting for the commencement of a battle. In the first place, time appears to move upon leaden wings ; every minute seems an hour, and every hour a day. Then there is a strange commingling of levity and seriousness within him — a levity which prompts him to laugh, he scarce knows why ; and a seriousness which urges him ever and anon to lift up...
第 35 頁 - Shouts and groans were now mingled with the roar of cannon and the rattle of musketry ; our front ranks, likewise, had an opportunity of occasionally firing with effect, and the slaughter on both sides was dreadful. At length the head of the column forced its way to the summit of the breach, where it was met in the most gallant style by the bayonets of the garrison.
第 32 頁 - So passed the night of the 30th, a night of deep anxiety to many, and of high excitement to all ; and many a will was made, as soldiers make their wills, before morning. About an hour before day, the troops were, as usual under arms, and then the final orders were given for the assault. The division was to enter the trenches about ten o'clock, in what is called light marching order ; that is, leaving their knapsacks, blankets, &c., behind, and carrying with them only their arms and ammunition ; and...
第 57 頁 - Sebastian's by its ordinary entrance, we were at first surprised at the slight degree of damage done to its fortifications by the fire of our batteries. The walls and battlements beside the gateway appeared wholly uninjured, the very embrasures being hardly defaced. But the delusion grew gradually more faint as we drew nearer, and had totally vanished before we reached the glacis. We found the draw-bridge fallen down across the ditch, in such a fashion, that the endeavour to pass it was not without...
第 36 頁 - I have ever heard before or since, whilst a bright flash, instantly succeeded by a smoke so dense as to obscure all vision, produced an effect upon those who witnessed it, such as no powers of language are adequate to describe. Such, indeed, was the effect of the whole occurrence, that for perhaps half a minute after not a shot was fired on either side. Both parties stood still to gaze upon the havoc which had been produced ! in.
第 74 頁 - ... of the measure, indicated great reluctance to become spectators of it. The same feeling evidently pervaded the minds of the officers; indeed you could almost perceive the sort of shudder which ran through the frames of all who were on parade.
第 196 頁 - ... you run directly against it ; and hence the absolute rout which a fire of ten or twelve rockets can create, provided they take effect. But it is a very uncertain weapon. It may indeed spread havoc among the enemy, but it may also turn back upon the people who use it, causing, like the elephant of other days, the defeat of those whom it was designed to protect. On the present occasion, however, it proved materially serviceable, as every man can testify who witnessed the result of the fire. Having...

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