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ng about 30,000 men, had been ordered to march to Gravelotte, and after proceeding a short distance we overtooground overlooking the villages of Rezonville and Gravelotte, about the centre of the battle-field of Marsla-There we could see, as I have said, the village of Gravelotte. Before it lay the German troops, concealed to slittle except to get possession of the village of Gravelotte, forcing the French across the deep ravine I haveuded to move his headquarters into the village of Gravelotte; and just after getting there, we first learned f the fugitives fled back across the ravine toward Gravelotte. With this the battle on the right had now assum were that the French would attack the heights of Gravelotte; but the Pomeranian corps coming on the field at not go immediately with the King, but remained at Gravelotte, looking after some of the escort who had been woizations, that had been rallied on the heights of Gravelotte. The lost ground being thus regained, and the Fr
ome of the French pickets, lying concealed about six hundred yards off, opened fire, making it so very hot for us that, hugging the necks of our horses, we incontinently fled. Observing what had taken place, a troop of German cavalry charged the French outpost and drove it far enough away to make safe our return, and we resumed possession of the point, but only to discover that the country to the east was so broken and hilly that no satisfactory view of Metz could be had. Returning to Gravelotte, we next visited that part of the battle-field to the northeast of the village, and before long Count Bismarck discovered in a remote place about twenty men dreadfully wounded. These poor fellows had had no attention whatever, having been overlooked by the hospital corps, and their condition was most pitiful. Yet there was one very handsome man in the group — a captain of artillery-who, though shot through the right breast, was talkative and cheerful, and felt sure of getting well. Poin
risis of the war was passed, and the Germans practically the victors. The taking of Paris was but a sentiment-the money levy could have been made and the Rhine provinces held without molesting that city, and only the political influences consequent upon the changes in the French Government caused peace to be deferred. I did not have much opportunity to observe the German cavalry, either on the march or in battle. The only time I saw any of it engaged was in the unfortunate charge at Gravelotte. That proved its mettle good and discipline fair, but answered no other purpose. Such of it as was not attached to the infantry was organized in divisions, and operated in accordance with the old idea of covering the front and flanks of the army, a duty which it thoroughly performed. But thus directed it was in no sense an independent corps, and hence cannot be said to have accomplished anything in the campaign, or have had a weight or influence at all proportionate to its strength. Th