The Life of Napoleon Buonaparte, Emperor of the French: With a Preliminary View of the French Revolution, Volum 6

Ballantyne and Company, 1827

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Pàgina 343 - ... deadly fire of the Tyrolese, who never throw away a shot, opened from every bush, crag, or corner of rock, which could afford the shooter cover. As this dreadful attack was made on the whole line at once, two-thirds of the enemy were instantly destroyed ; while the Tyrolese, rushing from their shelter, with swords, spears, axes, scythes, clubs, and all other rustic instruments which could be converted into weapons, beat down and routed the shattered remainder. As the vanguard, which had reached...
Pàgina 25 - An English officer of literary celebrity was employed by Alexander, or those who were supposed to share his most secret councils, to convey to the British ministry the emperor's expressions of the secret satisfaction which his Imperial Majesty felt, at the skill and dexterity which Britain had displayed in anticipating and preventing the purposes of France, by her attack upon Copenhagen. Her ministers were invited to communicate freely with the czar, as with a prince, who, though obliged to give...
Pàgina 303 - It was in this sphere that he was seen to greatest advantage ; for, although too much of a soldier among sovereigns, no one could claim with better right to be a sovereign among soldiers.
Pàgina 268 - Corunna, and determined to march himself at the head of the rest of the army, about sixteen thousand, to the north of Spain, from the frontiers of Portugal. The general science of war, upon the most extended s'cale, seems to have been so little understood or practised by the English generals at this time, that, instead of the country being carefully reconnoitred by officers of skill, the march of the army was arranged by such hasty and inaccurate information as could be collected from the peasants....
Pàgina 276 - Spain, and we must be at hand to aid and take advantage of whatever happens. — The wishes of our country, and our. duty demand this of us, with whatever risk it may be attended. — I mean to proceed bridle in hand, for if the bubble bursts, and Madrid falls, we shall have a run for it.
Pàgina 301 - The example prevailed, the wall was surmounted, and the combat was continued or renewed in the streets of the town, which was speedily on fire. A body of French, rushing to charge a body of Austrians, which still occupied one end of a burning street, were interrupted by some waggons belonging to the enemy's train. " They are tumbrils of powder," cried the Austrian commanding, to the French ; " if the flames reach them, both sides perish.
Pàgina 166 - ... then entered upon the .business of the renunciation, which he was determined should be made ; and finding that Cevallos still insisted upon the rights of his master, the reigning dynasty, and the people of Spain, he concluded...
Pàgina 278 - that I wished to draw the attention of the government to this important branch of the service, which is but little understood in this country. The evils of which I complained are probably to be attributed to the nature of our political situation, which prevents us from undertaking great military operations, in which the subsistence of armies becomes a subject of serious consideration and difficulty, and these evils consisted in the inexperience of almost every individual belonging to the commissariat,...
Pàgina 142 - the stake I play for is immense! I will continue in my own dynasty the system of Louis XIV. and the Bourbons, and unite Spain for ever to the destinies of France. Remember, the sun never sets on the empire of Charles V.

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