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The Caledonians, informed of this arrangement, changed their plan, and in the dead of night fell with their united force upon the ninth legion, then the weakest of the Roman army. They surprised the advanced guard, and having, in the confusion of sleep and terror, put ihe sentinels to the sword, they forced their way through the entrenchments. The conflict was in the very camp when Agricola, who had been informed that the Barbarians were on their march, and instantly pursued their steps, came up to the relief of the legion. He ordered the swiftest of the horse and light infantry to advance with expedition, and charge the enemy in the rear, while his whole army set up a general shout. At break of day the Roman banners glittered in view of the Barbarians, who found themselves hemmed in by two armies, and began to relax their vigour. The spirit of the legion revived. Acting no longer on the defensive, they rushed on to the attack. The Caledonians were put to the rout, and if the woods and marshes had not favoured their escape, that single action had put an end to the war.
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