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shot struck him on the breast. As he fell from bis At this moment he received intelligence that the horse, be affectionately exclaimed, “Good bye, March." Prussians were opening on his right flank, and threat In vain his noble friend rendered him every possible éning his rear. He, however, disregarded the report, assistance; the tide of life ebbed fast. At this juncture affirming that these pretended Prussians were no other a movement of the French curassiers threatened to at-tban Grouchy's córps; and even abused several aidestack a battalion of Nassau troops, near the spot on de-camp, who brought the intelligence, charging them which he lay. Lord March, perceiving the danger to with timidity, and dismissing them with ill-humour. wbich they were exposed, hastily endeavoured to form After' so peremptory an answer, many of them, them into square. As he was thus employed, and ani- ashamed to have been mistaken, heedlessly advanced mating the soldiers to wait with firmness the expected towards the Prussian Yagers; and, notwithstanding attack, Curzon lifted his head, and, with his dying these kept up a sharp fire against them, they approachbreath, exclaimed, “Well done, March; that's right, ed near enough to be either killed or taken prisoners. my brave fellow, well done, well done!”
In no long time, however, Buonaparte was updeceived Buonaparte was equally astonished and chagrined at by a furious attack on the part of the Prussians : part the obstinate resistance of the British troops. He in- of the sixth corps was detached to sustain this new cessantly took snuff in large pinches from his waistcoat- shock, until Marshal Grouchy's corps, which was every pocket, violently snuffing up a part, and throwing the moment expected, should come up. By his orders, rest from bim. “These English are devils!” he ex-General Labedoyere announced the arrival of Groucby, claimed ; “will they never be beaten ?” A moment and that he was attacking the enemy; and this false afterwards he added, " I shall defeat them yet; though intelligence he also spread among the soldiers as he it is a pity to destroy such brave troops.” He then rode along the line. turned to Soult. “How admirably these English fight! No blame can be attributed to the Prussians with rebut they must soon give way.” Soult, who had some spect to the delay of their arrival. . Prince Blucher had experience of British courage and firmness, replied, put his army in motion at break of day. The corps of that “ be doubted whether they would ever give way." Borstel and Bulow were to march by St. Lambert, oc“Why?" indignantly asked Napoleon. “ Because, cupy a position there under cover of the forest near sire, they will suffer themselves to be cut to pieces Fritschermont, and take the enemy in the rear when first."
the moment should appear favourable. Ziethen's corps The Corsican's attacks were now redoubled, and he was to co-operate on the right flank of the enemy by began to expose himself to the thickest of the fire; Ohaim, and Thielman to follow slowly, and afford sucthough the accounts which have been published of the cour in case of need. But the first two of these corps desperation with which he sought every danger, and bad been placed on the east side of the river Dyle at bis apparent determination to die on the field, are alto-Wavre; they had to cross by a narrow bridge, and, to gether unfounded.
add to the delay which this necessarily occasioned, the Buonaparte now contemplated with a stern counte- houses in the street leading to it had been set on fire nance the horrible scene of slaughter which presented by the French; so that the infantry passed with diffiitself to his view. The more numerous the obstacles culty, the cavalry and artillery with still greater, and which presented themselves, the more his obstinacy the ammunition was compelled to wait till the fire was seemed to increase. He became indignant at these extinguished. The passage, too, by the defile of St. unforeseen difficulties; and, far from fearing to push Lambert, was far more difficult than had been expectto extremities an army which reposed boundless con- ed; so that, when it was half-past four in the afternoon, fidence in him, he ceased not to pour down fresh troops, only two brigades of Bulow's corps had arrived at the and to give orders to march forward,---to charge with position which was assigned them. the bayonet -to carry by storm. He was repeatedly The decisive moment was come; there was not an informed from different points, that the day went against instant to be lost; and the general resolved immedihim, and that the troops appeared to be disordered : ately to begin the attack with the troops which they but his only reply was, Forward! forward !--One had at hand. Their way was through the forest of general sent him information that he could not maintain Soignies, a tract consisting of more than thirty thoubis positiou, being dreadfully annoyed by a battery; sand acres. By good fortune, the peasant who guided and requested instructions how to elude its murderous them, was a man of more than ordinary sagacity; and, fire—" Let him storm the battery !” said the unfeeling instead of coming out of the forest at Fritschermont, wretch, and turned his back on the aide-de-camp, who he proposed to descend into the valley lower down, brought the message.
and come out in a direction towards Planchenoit, nearly
on the rear of the French reserves: “Then,” said he, gency and that they had never disappointed his ex"we shall take them all."
pectations. He stated that the enemy, greatly dimiThe moment at which they arrived, was truly criti- nished in numbers, could offer no effectual resistance, cal: nor can we reflect, without shuddering, how much, and that they had nothing to encounter but an artil-. at this moment, depended on the knowledge and fide- lery, which was indeed formidable, but which they lity of a single peasant; who, had he been less disposed would casily carry with the bayonet. To these obserto serve the allies, or less intelligent, might easily have vations they replied with one general shout of “ Vive led them into a hollow way impassable to their cannon. L'Empereur!” which was distinctly heard as far as the
When Napoleon was at length convinced that the British lines. corps which he had so obstinately taken for that of The allies now conceived that Buonaparte was about Marshal Grouchy, consisted of Prussians, he felt the to attack them in person. He thought proper, howcritical situation in which he was now placed; but, as ever, to remain under shelter of the rising bank, while he did not believe that the main body of the Prussians his devoted guards defiled before him under the comcould come up for some hours, he hoped that success mand of Ney, and ascended the eminence. was yet in his power. He therefore resolved to attack The decision of the battle, the fate of Europe, now the weakest part of the British line with his whole depended upon these troops. The fire of the allies concentrated force, and thus endeavour to defeat the abated; and, with indescribable feelings, they contemDuke of Wellington before his reinforcements could plated the approach of those chosen battalions, who artive. Accordingly, leaving the sixth corps to keep had been so long the terror of Europe, and who had the Prussians in check, he brought forward the whole never yet been vanquished. The pause, however, was of the cavalry of the imperial guard, and directed it on but for a moment. Every cannon opened at once on the centre of the British position. The shock, for the the foe, and swept away entire ranks. But as those in moment, was irresistible; the allied troops gave way; front fell, others instantly rushed forward to fill up the the heights were carried, and several guns were taken chasms, and, with stern and unbroken front, the impeby the French. The Duke of Wellington, however, rial guard still continued to advance. bastened to the spot, and placed himself at the head Some Brunswickers first attempted to oppose them : of some English and Brunswickers. He addressed to but, after an obstinate resistance, they were defeated them a few sentences, which he well knew would in- with immense slaughter. The French penetrated within Aame their ardour, and led them against the enemy, the lines; and, for a short space, the victory was more who, Alushed with success, were advancing to the very than doubtful. rear of his lines. Suddenly the victory was wrested In a hollow of the ground, directly in front of the from their grasp. The artillery which they had taken French, and sheltered from the fire of their artillery, was hastily abandoned, and they fled with precipita- lay a regiment of the British guards. The Duke of tion.
Wellington had placed bimself on a ridge behind them, At this period, the Prince of Orange received a mus- and, on the imperial guard advancing within a hunket-ball in his shoulder, as he was rallying some of bis dred yards, he suddenly exclaimed, “ Up, guards, and treops who had shrunk from the impetuous attack of at them.” The unexpected appearance of this fine the French. In a previous stage of the combat he had body of men startled the French battalions, and they been hurried away by the ardour of the fight, and suddenly paused; but immediately recovering themtaken prisoner; but a battalion of his troops rushing to selves, they advanced more rapidly, while their artilhis assistance, immediately effected his rescue. lery filed off to the right and the left. They then ap
The troops of Count Lobau had, in the mean time, proached within twenty yards of their opponents, and repulsed the advanced-guard of the Prussians, and were in the act of rushing upon them with the bayonet; driven them back into the woods. Animated by this when a volley was poured upon them by the British, success, and at the same time sensible how necessary which literally knocked them backward with its shock. it was for bim to avail bimself of it, Napoleon put A second volley threw them into greater confusion, himself at the head of his guard, consisting of fifteen and, before they could either deploy or maneuvre, the hundred men, and made one last desperate effort on British cheered and rushed upon them with such impethe centre of the British. He led them on till he came tuosity, that they suddenly turned, and fled in the to chollow-part of the road, where he stopped under utmost confusion. a ravine, protected from the fire of the British artillery. The Duke of Wellington, perceiving the disorder of Here he addressed his troops. He reminded them bow the French, and the advance of the Prussians on their often be had relied on their valour in cases of emer-right flank, immediately commanded the British troops
to form line, and assume the offensive. The whole line
Nor was one forward footstep slaid, formed four deep, and, supported by the cavalry and
As dropp'd the dying and the dead.
Fast as their ranks the thunders tear, artillery, rushed down the slopes and up the corres
Fast they renew'd each serried square ; ponding bank, driving before them the flying French,
And, on the wouoded and the slain, whose confusion became each moment more irretriev
Clos'd their diminish'd files agaio,
Till, from 'heir line, scarce spears’-leogtlis three, able. The tirralleurs of the imperial guard attempted
Emerging from the smoke they see to cover the retreat; but they were charged by the
Helmet, and plume, aod panoply,-, British cavalry, and literally cut to pieces.
Then wak'd their fire at once!
Each musketeer's revolving knell, Just as the English army had deployed into line for
As fast, as regularly, fell, the general charge, the sun beamed out, as if to shed
As, when they practise to display his setting glories upon the conquerors of that eventful
Their discipline oo festal day. day. Fatigue and diminution of numbers, even wounds,
Then down went helm and lance,
Down were the eagle banners sent, were forgotten, when the whole line, supported by the
Down reeling steeds and riders went, cavalry and artillery, were ordered to charge. Headed
Corslets were pierc'd, and pepnons rent ; by the Duke of Wellington himself, with his hat in bis
And, to auginent the fray, hand, the troops advanced with the utmost spirit and
Wheeld full against their staggering flanks,
The English horsemen's foaining ranks rapidity.
Forc'd their resistless way. The French fought with desperation, but all their
Then, to the musket-k nell succeeds efforts we in vain: their first line was speedily thrown
The clash of swords—the neigh of steedsback on the second, and both became united in one
As plies the smith his clanging trade, tide of general and undistinguished flight.
Against the cuirass rang the blade;
And, while amid their close array, waggons, artillery-carts, guns overthrown, and all the
The well-serv'd cannon rent their way; impediments of a hurried Alight, encumbered the field
And, while amid their scatter'd band as well as the causeway, without mentioning the thick
Rag'd the fierce rider's bloody brand;
Recoil'd in common rout and fear, strewn corpses of the slain, and the bodies of the still
Lancer, and guard, and cuirassier, more miserable wounded, who, in vain, implored com
Horsemen and foot,-a mingled host, passion, as fugitives and pursuers drove headlong over
Their leaders falled, their standards losi." them in the agony of fear or the ecstacy of triumph. All the guos which were in line along the French po The last
fired was a French howitzer, which was sition, to the number of one hundred and fitiy, fell turned upon the retreating army, and discharged by into the immediate possession of the allies.
Captain Campbell, aide-de-camp to General Adam, The last effort of the Corsican's troops, and their en
with his own band, who had thus the honour of contire defeat, are thus beautifully described by Walter cluding the battle of Waterloo. The march afd ad.
vance of the Prussians crossed the van of the British Scott, in his “ Field of Waterloo:"
army, after they had attacked the French . position,
about the farm-house of La Belle Alliance, and there On came the whirlwind- like the last, But fiercest sweep of tempest blasi
the Duke of Wellington and Prince Blucher accident. On came the whirlwind-steel gleams broke
ally met, and congratulated each other upon their jointLike lightning through the rolling smoke,
success. Here, too, the victorious allies of both counThe war was wak'd apew. Three hundred capnon-mouths roar'd loud,
tries exchanged military greeting,—the Prussians baltAnd from their throats, with flash and cloud,
ing their regimental band to play " God save the King,' Their showers of irou threw.
while the British returned the compliment with three Beneath their fire, in full career,
cheers to the honour of Prussia. Marshal Blucher then Rush'd on the ponderous cuirassier, The lancer couch'd his ruthless spear
gave orders that every man and horse in his army caAnd hurrying as to havoc near,
pable of action should press upon the rear of the fugiThe cohorts' eagles Gew.
tives, without giving them a moment's time to rally., In one dark torrent, broad and strong,
It was now half-past nine at night; and the moon
arose with more than ordinary splendour. The van of That, from the shroud of smoke and fame
the Prussian army accelerated its march, and the Peal'd wildly the imperial name.
French were pursued without intermission, and became
absolutely disorganized. The Prussians put no limit For vot an eye the storm that view'd
to their revenge, and listened to no cries of mercy : Cbang'd its prond glance of fortitude,
their light-borse, always formidable on such occasions,