THE YEAR OF BATTLES; A HISTORY OF THE FRANCO-GERMAN WAR OF 1870-71. EMBRACING ALSO Paris under the Commune or the Red Rebellion of 1871. A SECOND REIGN OF TERROR, MURDER, AND MADNESS

 
9781150910357: THE YEAR OF BATTLES; A HISTORY OF THE FRANCO-GERMAN WAR OF 1870-71. EMBRACING ALSO Paris under the Commune or the Red Rebellion of 1871. A SECOND REIGN OF TERROR, MURDER, AND MADNESS

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.1871 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII. THERE were, indeed, at this time, indications of the spec Jy approach of a revolution in Paris, hoarse mutterings of the coming storm which was destined to overthrow the dynasty of the Man of December--the despot who for twenty-one years had crushed pitilessly the liberty which he professed to cherish, and to which he owed his own elevation to power. A few days more of grace were left to him, but most of them were passed in fierce battles and overwhelming defeats. We resume our narrative in chronological order. While the First Army (General von Steinmetz's) and the Third Army (the Crown-Prince Friedrich Wilhelm's) had both done some desperate fighting with the French, and the latter, in particular, had signalized its valor both at Weissenburg and Woerth, the Second, or Army of the Centre, commanded by Prince Friedrich Karl, and with which the King of Prussia had his headquarters, had not been in any engagement. Indeed, they did not leave their position around Homburg, in Rhenish-Bavaria, until the 6th 01 August, and the King did not move forward until the 8th or 9th. On the 6th, before marching to the frontier-line on the Saar, Prince Friedrich Karl issued the following order, bearing evidence, like most of the German proclamations, of the desire of the German commanders to conduct the war on civilized and Christian principles: "Soldiers Of The Second Army: You enter upon the soil of France. The Emperor Napoleon has, without any reason, declared war upon Germany, and his army are our enemies. The#French people has not been asked if it wished to carry on a bloody war with its German neighbors. A reason for enmity is not to be found. Meet the feeling of the peaceable inhabitants of France with a like sentiment; show them that, in our century, tw...

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