endeavored, sword in hand, to bring them forward to our support.
Failing to accomplish this, he returned, under a shower of bullets directed at him alone, to the sand-hills at “C,” and when it seemed no longer useful to remain there coolly followed the retreating mass.
How he escaped death is a marvel.’
In relation to Lieutenant-Commander Daniels
, he says: ‘He came ashore in command of the party from his vessel.
Although fitter for the sick-bed of a hospital than for the field, he persisted in going to the assault.
He started with us, marched until his strength gave out, and his weak body was unable to carry his brave heart forward, when, by my orders, he went into the trench thrown up by Lieutenant Preston
An interesting letter from Colonel Lamb
is given in the foot-note.1
In his report, the fleet-captain attributes ‘the failure of the assault to the absence of the marines from their position, as their fire would have enabled our boarders to use their ’