Introduction to the American common-school reader and speaker

9781236660718: Introduction to the American common-school reader and speaker

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. 1845 edition. Excerpt: the Grand Duke Constantine. Against this immense army, the Poles opposed less than fifty thousand men, and a hundred pieces of cannon, under the command of Skrizynecki. ' At break of day, the whole force of the Russian right wing, with a terrible fire of fifty pieces of artillery, and columns of infantry, charged the Polish left, with the determination of carrying it by a single and overpowering effort. The Poles,--with six thousand five hundred men, and twelve pieces of artillery,--not yielding a foot of ground, and knowing they could hope for no succor, resisted this attack for several hours, until the Russians slackened their fire. Pronounced, Ddebettsck. f Skreetsetnetskte. 'About ten o'clock, the plain was suddenly overspread with the Russian forces, issuing from the covert of the forest, and seeming one individual mass of troops. Two hundred pieces of cannon, posted on a single line, commenced a fire which made the earth tremble, and was more terrible than the oldest officers, many of whom had fought at Marengo and Austerlitz, had ever beheld. The Russians now made an attack upon the right wing, but failed in this, as upon the left, ' Diebitsch then directed the strength of his army against the Forest of Elders, hoping to divide the Poles into two parts. One hundred and twenty pieces of cannon were brought to bear on this one point; and fifty battalions, incessantly pushed to the attack, kept up a scene of massacre unheard of in the annals of war. A Polish officer, who was in the battle, said that the small streams which intersected the forest were so choked with dead, that the infantry marched directly over their bodies. The heroic Poles, with twelve battalions, defended the forest for four hours, against the tremendous attack. Nine...

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