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[77] among the old campaigners for their fine physique and tried courage, and have certainly proved that they are what their appearance would indicate,--the most reckless, self-reliant, and complete infantry that Europe can produce.

With his graceful dress, soldierly bearing, and vigilant attitude, the Zouave at an outpost is the beau-ideal of a soldier.

They neglect no opportunity of adding to their personal comforts: if there is a stream in the vicinity, the party marching on picket is sure to be amply supplied with fishing-rods, &c.; if any thing is to be had, the Zouaves are quite certain to obtain it.

Their movements are the lightest and most graceful I have ever seen; the stride is long, but the foot seems scarcely to touch the ground, and the march is apparently made without effort or fatigue.

The step of the foot rifles is shorter and quicker, and not so easy and graceful.

The impression produced by the appearance of the rifles and of the Zouaves is very different: the rifles look like active, energetic little fellows, who would find their Best field as skirmishers; but the Zouaves have, combined with all the activity and energy of the others, that solid ensemble and reckless dare-devil individuality which would render them alike formidable when attacking in mass, or in defending a position in the most desperate hand-to-hand encounter. Of all the troops that I have ever seen, I should esteem it the greatest honor to assist in defeating the Zouaves. The grenadiers of the guard are all large men, and a fine-looking, soldierly set.

Two hundred and ten pages — nearly one-half of the whole volume, the Appendix included — are next given to the Russian army, its organization, recruiting, rations, &c.

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