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C. Julius Caesar, Gallic War, Book 8, chapter 26 (search)
part of his state had revolted, that a great multitude of the enemy were in arms in the country of the Pictones, marched to the town Limonum . When he was approaching it, he was informed by some prisoners, that Duracius was shut up by several thousand men, under the command of Dumnacus, general of the Andes, and that Limonum was besieged, but not daring to face the enemy with his weak legions, he encamped in a strong position: Dumnacus, having notice of Caninius's approach, turned his whole force against the legions, and preparenst the legions, and prepared to assault the Roman camp. But after spending several days in the attempt, and losing a considerable number of men, without being able to make a breach in any part of the works, he returned again to the siege of Limonum .
Baron de Jomini, Summary of the Art of War, or a New Analytical Compend of the Principle Combinations of Strategy, of Grand Tactics and of Military Policy. (ed. Major O. F. Winship , Assistant Adjutant General , U. S. A., Lieut. E. E. McLean , 1st Infantry, U. S. A.), Sketch of the principal maritime expeditions. (search)
lans, for France, although washed by two seas, had yet no marine. This king made a descent upon Cyprus, rallied there still some forces, and departed, says Joinville, with more than eighteen hundred vessels, to descend upon Egypt. His army must have had about eighty thousand men, for, although the half was dispersed and thrown upon the coast of Syria, it marched some months after upon Cairo, with sixty thousand combatants, of which twenty thousand were horse. It is true that the Count of Poitiers had operated a second debarkation of troops coming from France. It is sufficiently well known what a sad fate this brilliant army experienced, which did not prevent, twenty years afterwards, the same king from attemping the hazards of another crusade, (1270.) He made a descent this time upon the ruins of Carthage, and besieged Tunis; but the plague destroyed the half of his army in a few weeks, and lie himself was the victim of it. The king of Sicily debarked with powerful reinforcements
H. Wager Halleck , A. M. , Lieut. of Engineers, U. S. Army ., Elements of Military Art and Science; or, Course of Instruction in Strategy, Fortification, Tactis of Battles &c., Embracing the Duties of Staff, Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery and Engineers. Adapted to the Use of Volunteers and Militia., Chapter 14: field-engineering.—Field Fortifications.—Military Communications.—Military Bridges.—Sapping, Mining, and the attack and defence of a fortified place (search)
e ropes forming the side-rail of the bridge are passed over trestles at each shore, and then fastened as before. Short vertical ropes attach the main supports to these side ropes, in order thai they may sustain a part of the weight passing over the bridge. Constructions of this character are fully described in Douglas's Essay on Military Bridges. For example, see the passage of the Po, near Casal, in 1515, by the Swiss; the bridge thrown over the Clain by Admiral Coligni, at the siege of Poitiers, in 1569; the operations of the Prince of Orange against Ghent and Bruges, in 1631. ; the passage of the Tagus, at Alcantara, in. 1810, by the English; the bridge constructed across the Zezere, by the French, in 1810; the bridge thrown across the Scarpe, near Douai, in 1820; the experiments made at Fere in 1823, &c. The passage of a river in the presence of an enemy, whether acting offensively or in retreat, is an operation of great delicacy and danger. In either case the army is called
ogne in France is the first digital phalanx of a reindeer, with a cylindrical smooth-drilled hole. It yet yields a shrill sound when blown into. Several whistles made of the eye-teeth of dogs, with holes drilled near the roots, have been found in the cave of Lombrive, Department of Ariege. These are contemporary with the remains of the rhinoceros, reindeer, mammoth, hyena, bear, and cavelion. A pipe with three finger-holes, made from a fragment of stag-horn, was found in the vicinity of Poitiers. An ivory whistle a foot long has been found in a British barrow. It is engraved in Grose. The railway-signal code of the United States is,— 1 whistle, down brakes. 2 whistles, off brakes. 3 whistles, back up. Continued whistles, danger. Rapid short whistles, cattlealarm. A sweeping parting of the hands on the level of the eye, go ahead Downward motion of the hands with extended arm, stop. 2. The steam-whistle was invented in 1826 by Adrian Stephens, Plymouth,
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 41: search for health.—journey to Europe.—continued disability.—1857-1858. (search)
ruin this chateau is one of the finest in Europe; here also is the tomb of Agnes Sorel. my landlord here was a simple man, who had seen few strangers; he told me that there was not a single Man cook in Lochoes with its five thousand inhabitants. Drove through a fertile country to La Haye, and visited the chamber in which Descartes was born. my visit here seemed to excite attention; lost the train I had intended to take at Les Ormes; waited there in a park till evening, when I went on to Poitiers. May 30. This is an old place. Early in the morning visited its cathedral, its ancient churches, and its library; at eleven o'clock took the train for Bordeaux, passing Angouleme; also Contras, the scene of Henry IV.'s battles, and St. Emilion. In the evening went for a little while to the magnificent theatre. May 31. Walked and drove, in order to see everything; found, after two efforts, the tomb and effigies of Montaigne; in the evening tired, tired, tired; obliged to take to my b
of sympathy with the common man, Giesebrecht, Kaiserzeit, i. 136. unclouded vision, inventive genius, and irresistible will, Freytag, Aus dem Mittelalter, i. 321. This charming writer should include in the necessary qualities of a great man a fellow-feeling with the people. There has never been a truly great man without it. to make his way with the acclamations of the world to the nearest possible realization of these two ideas. As the reward of the German who smote the Saracens at Poitiers, the office and title of king, with the concurrence of the pope, passed into his family. His grandson, Charlemagne, carried Christianity to the North Sea by force of arms, prescribing to the lowland Saxons alike religion and allegiance; and dividing their territory into bishoprics, with endowments of land and local authority. Having achieved the union of Germany, he laid the foundations of his power in the class of free Germans. Of these he would not suffer the number to be diminished, o
Napoleon and the Clergy. --The war between the Bishops and the French Government is now assuming such proportions that a "cataclysm"--to use M. de Gramont's expression to Cardinal Antonelli — must be near at hand. The Bishop of Poitiers, in a published pastoral letter, compares the Emperor to Pontius Pilate. This fact is announced by the Patrie, under the head of "Latest News," and attested, which " latest news" usually is not, by the signature of its leading writer, M. Pauline Limayrac. The Bishop also speaks of the Emperor in his letter as "this man."
The Daily Dispatch: October 2, 1863., [Electronic resource], A remarkable Phenomenon...a Chapter of similar ones. (search)
were distinctly visible, and observed by all. These appearances were supposed to be the images of a body of rebels drilling themselves previous to the rebellion of 1745. 3d. The "Spectre of the Brocken" in the Hertz Mountains in Germany, which is of frequent occurrence, representing oftentimes a magnified image of the observer, and obeying all of his motions, is too well known to allude to more definitely. 4th. On Sunday, the 17th December, 1826, the clergy in the vicinity of Poitiers, in France, were engaged in the exercises of the jubilee which preceded the festival of Christmas. Three thousand spectators were present. They had planted, as part of the ceremony, a large cross, 25 feet high and painted red, in the open air before the church. --About 5 in the afternoon a similar celestial cross suddenly appeared in the heavens, about 200 feet above the horizon, and apparently about 140 feet in length, of a bright silver color, tinged with red. The causes of certain phe