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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 12. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Military operations of General Beauregard. (search)
If not victorious, you will see me alive no more. This was risky enough; but this man of iron had no cause to repent of his temerity, and of his having rashly violated all the rules of war. Under the walls of Rocroy, the French, commanded by Conde, then only twenty-one years old, met the famous Spanish infantry, who had been, for almost a century, the terror of Europe. The enemy was superior in numbers, in discipline, in experience, and expected large reinforcements at any moment. The Pr, who thought that it would be too risky. The battle was lost twice by the fault of subalterns and the misconception of orders, and twice re-established by the youthful Commander. But the French again began to waver and to retreat slowly, when Conde by a manoeuvre, which, says the Duke d'aumale, had never been executed before, and never has been executed since—so perilous it was, we presume—completely annihilated the Spanish army, and gained the first of that series of victories by which he