By Wood V.C. G.C.B. G.C.M.G. Field Marshal Sir Evelyn
Field Marshal wooden ranks as probably the most eminent infantrymen of the Victorian period of the British Empire. He served with contrast within the dust and distress of the Crimean battle, the Indian Mutiny, Wolseley's Ishanti conflict, the Zulu conflict and in Egypt and the Sudan. His activities on attacking a gang of robbers reason on murdering a neighborhood service provider earned him the Victoria move - his moment suggestion for the V.C.
His enduring affection for the cavalry during which he served early in his illustrious occupation ended in him penning historic works in regards to the arme blanche. This paintings focusses at the old triumphs of the cavalry deployed at the battlefield from 1794 to 1870, quite through the Napoleonic Wars and the 1870 Franco-Prussian struggle. From the sphere of Marengo in 1800 to the famed "Death experience" of von Bredow in 1870, box Marshal wooden retells the occasions with authenticity and skill.
A pacy and fascinating read.
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It is highly cultivated, like a garden; there are no fences, but numberless mulberry trees planted in parallel rows, and the festoons of vines, trained on high poles like the hops in Kent and Surrey, by their foliage concealed even mounted troops. When Victor entered the plain, as nothing was seen of the enemy, he advanced during the afternoon of the 13th towards Alessandria. , the Austrians having received orders not to make an obstinate defence. A violent rainstorm interrupted the combat for some time, and then Victor followed up the retreating Austrians till he was stopped near the hamlet of Pedrabuona by the fire of artillery posted on the left bank of the Bormida.
At the moment of impact the 2nd and 20th regiments were in front, and though the formation into line was necessarily effected somewhat in succession, yet, the dragoons falling with vigour on the flank of the Austrians, whose muskets were empty, the effect of their charge was such that 2000 men with General Zach threw down their arms and surrendered as prisoners, with six stand of Colours and four guns. Kellermann, rallying 200 sabres, now led them against Lichtenstein’s cavalry, which was advancing on Zach’s left flank, but it fled, and this example was later followed by Pilatti’s command, which had suffered heavy losses earlier in the day.
O’Reilly, who with 3600 men had bivouacked overnight on the right bank of the Bormida, was to move up it as far as La Stortigliona, and then endeavour to turn the French left. , drove back the French advanced guard without difficulty, but his strict adherence to the original orders to move up stream, and the absence of supports, which were delayed in crossing the Bormida, saved the French from disaster thus early in the day. m. m. Melas received information that an Austrian squadron had been driven out of Acqui, and, unnecessarily nervous—seeing that Acqui is twenty miles from Alessandria—of an attack in his rear, detached 17 squadrons numbering 2300 men in that direction.