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culated in a manner most unusual sures were excavations wherein the for people so generally placid and gunners might repose close by their stolid.
guns, but ever armed and accouAt half-past eleven A.M. the pipes tred; and by a series of trenches of the Highland Brigade were heard, it communicated with the great as it marched in from Kamara, and clumsy edifice known as the Malagot into position in reserve of the koff Tower. right attack; and the fine appear. By a road to the right, the Reance of the men of those mountains dan also communicated with the - the backbone of Britain,' as extensive quadrangle of buildings Pope Sylvester called them of old forming the Russian barracks, one -elicited a hearty cheer from the hundred yards distant; and in its Royal Welsh as they defiled past, rear there lay the Artillery or Dockwith all their black plumes and yard Creek. The flat caps, and in striped tartans waving in the biting other instances the round glazed wind.
helmets of the Russians, and the During all the preceding day, points of their bayonets, bristling the batteries had thundered in sal- like a hedge of steel, could be seen voes against Sebastopol; and hence above the lines of its defence and vast gaps were now visible in the at the deeply-cut embrasures, where streets and principal edifices, most the black cannon of enormous caof which were half hidden in lurid libre peered grimly down upon us. sheets of fire; and by the bridge Our arrangements were very simof boats that lay between the north ple. At noon the French were to and south side, thousands of fugi- attack the Malakoff; and as soon tives, laden with their goods and as they fell to work, we were to household lares, their children, assault the Redan, and I had vosick, and aged, had been seen to lunteered for the scaling - ladder pour so long as light remained. party, which consisted of 320 pick
Until the French began to move, ed men of the Kentish Buffs and the eyes of all in our division were 97th or Ulster Regiment. turned on our famous point of at- In the trenches of our left attack tack—the Redan; and I may in- could be seen the black bearskins form the non-military reader that a of our Brigade of Guards, and redan, in field fortification, means massed in dusky column on the simply an indented work with lines hill before their camp, their red and faces; but this one resembled now changed to a very neutral tint an unfinished square, with two sides indeed, were the slender battalions meeting at the salient angle in front of the Third Division, motionless of our parallels, i.e. the trenches and still, save when the wind rusby which we had dug our way un- tled the tattered silk of the colours, der cover towards it.
or the sword of an officer gleamed With a strong reinforcement, Ni- as he dressed the ranks. A cross cholaevitch Tolstoff, now, as before cannonade was maintained, as usustated, a general, had entered the al, between our batteries and those Redan by its rear or open face; of the enemy. The balls were skipand since his advent it had been ping about in all directions, and greatly strengthened. In the walls several roving Englishmen,' adof the parapet he had constructed venturous tourists, own correlittle chambers roofed with sacks spondents,' and unwary amateurs, of earth, and these secure places who were there, had to scuttle for rendered the defenders quite safe their lives to some place of shelter. from falling shellsIn the embra- As I joined the ladder-party, I could not help thinking of many a camp and death in action had fast past episode in my life; of Estelle, thinned our ranks of the carefullywho had been false; of Valerie, trained and well-disciplined soldiers who was lost to me; and of the who landed in Bulgaria ; and when suspicion that Winifred Lloyd loved these—the pest and bullet-failed, me. Ere another hour, I might be the treachery of contractors, and lying dead before the Redan, and the general mismanagement of the there forget them all!
red-tapists, did the rest. Our covering-party consisted of Accustomed as we had been to 200 of the Buffs and Rifles, under the daily incidents of this protractCaptain Lewes; but alas for the ed siege, there was a great hush weakness of our force, as compared over all our ranks; the hush of anwith thousands of men to oppose! ticipation, and perhaps of grave reThe strength of the Second Divi- flection, came to the lightest-hearted sion detailed against the Redan and most heedless there. consisted only of 760 men of the “What is the signal for us to ad3rd, 41st, and 62nd regiments, with vance?' I inquired. a working party of 100 from the Four rockets,' replied Dyneley, Royal Welsh. The rest of Colonel our adjutant, who was on foot, with Windham's brigade was in reserve. his sword drawn, and a revolver in
Brigadier Shirley, who was to his belt. command the whole, had been ill “There go the French to attack on board ship; but the moment the tower ! cried Gwynne; and then the gallant fellow heard that an as- a hum of admiration stole along our sault was resolved on, he hastened lines as we saw them, at precisely to join us. Prior, however, to his five minutes to twelve o'clock, 'like coming, Colonel Windham and Co- a swarm of bees,' issue from their lonel Unett of the 29th were de trenches, the Linesmen in képis ciding which of them should take and long blue coats, the Zouaves precedence in leading the attack. in turbans and baggy red breeches,
They coolly tossed up a shilling, under a terrible shower of cannon and the latter won. Thus he had and musketry, fiery in their valour, the alternative of saying whether quick, ardent, and eager! They he would go first, or follow Wind swept over the little space of open ham; but a glow spread over his ground that lay between the head face, and he exclaimed,
of their sap, and, irresistible in their I have made my choice, and I number, poured on a sea of armed shall be the first man inside the men, a living tide, a human surge, Redan !
section after section and regiment However, it was doomed to be after regiment, to the assauit. otherwise, as soon afterwards a ball
"O'er ditch and stream, o'er crest and wall, from the abattis severely wounded
They jump and swarm, they rise and fall ; and disabled him. When we had With vives and cris, with cheers and cries, seen that our men had carefully
Like thunderings in autumnal skies ;
Till every foot of ground is mud, loaded and capped and cast loose with tears and brains and bones and blood. their cartridges, all became very Yet, faith, it was a grim delight still, and there was certainly more
To see the little devils fight! of thought than conversation among With wonderful speed and force. us.
their thousands seemed to drift Many of the men in some regi- through the gaping embrasures of ments were little better than raw the tower, which appeared to swalrecruits, and were scarcely masters low them up-all save the dead of their musketry drill. Disease in and dying, who covered the slope of the glacis; and in two minutes front; but a bullet killed the poor more the tricolour of France was boy instantly, and Welsford had waving on the summit of the Kor- his head literally blown off by a niloff bastion !
cannon-ball. But the work of the brave French In their dark-green uniforms, did not end there. From twelve which were patched with many a till seven at night, they had to meet rag, a hundred men of the Rifle and repulse innumerable attempts Brigade who carried the scaling of the Russians to regain what they ladders preceded us; and the mohad lost — the great tower, which ment they and we began to issue, was really the key of the city; till, which we did at a furious run, with in weariness and despair, the latter bayonets fixed and rifles at the withdrew, leaving the slopes co- short trail, from the head of the vered with corpses that could only trenches, the cannon of the Redan be reckoned by thousands.
opened a withering fire upon us. The moment the French stand- The round shot tore up the earth ard fluttered out above the blue beneath our feet, or swept men smoke and grimy dust of the tower, away by entire sections, strewing a vibration seemed to pass along limbs and other fragments of huall our ranks. Every face lit up; manity everywhere; the exploding every eye kindled; every man in shells also dealt death and mutistinctively grasped more tightly the lation; the grape and canister barrel of his musket, or the blade swept past in whistling showers; of his sword, or set his cap more and wicked little shrapnels were firmly on bis head, for the final flying through the air like black rush.
spots against the sky; while with "The tricolour is on the Mala a hearty and genuine English koff! By heavens, the French are hurrah!' that deepened into a in ! hurrah ! cried several officers. species of fierce roar, we swept to
‘Hurrah !' responded the storm- wards the ditch which so few of us ers of the Light and Second Divi- might live to recross. sions.
Thick fall our dead on every “There go the rockets ! cried hand, and the hoarse boom of the Phil Caradoc, pointing with his cannon is sounding deep amid the sword to where the tiny jets of roar of the concentrated musketry. sparkles were seen to curve in the Crawling and limping back to the wind against the dull leaden sky, trenches for succour and shelter, their explosion unheard amid the the groaning or shrieking wounded roar of musketry and of human are already pouring in hundreds to voices in and beyond the Mala- the rear, reeking with blood; and, koff.
within a minute, the whole slope 'Ladders, to the front ! eight of the Redan is covered with our men per ladder!' said Welsford, of red-coats—the dead or the helpless the 97th.
-thick as the leaves lie when 'It is our turn now, lads; for- forests are rended'! ward, forward !' added some one else- Raymond Mostyn, of the Rifles, I think.
CHAPTER LV. • There is a five-pound note offered to the first man inside the
INSIDE THE REDAN. Redan !' exclaimed little Owen Tu ONE enormous cannon-shot that dor, a drummer of ours, as he slung struck the earth and stones threw his drum and went scouring to the up a cloud of dust which totally
blinded the brave brigadier who one solitary English lady, watching led us; he was thus compelled to this terrible assault, breathless and grope his way to the rear, while pale, putting up prayers with her his place was taken by Lieutenant- white lips; and her emotions at colonel W. H. Bunbury of ours—a such a time may be imagined when tried soldier, who had served in the I mention that she was the wife of Kohat-Pass expedition five years an officer engaged in the assault, before this, and been Napier's aide- Colonel H- whose body was de-camp during the wars of India. soon after borne past her on a The Honourable Colonel Hand- stretcher. cock, who led three hundred men When my ladder was planted of the 97th and of the Perthshire firmly, I went up with the stormers, Volunteers, fell mortally wounded men of all regiments mixed pellby a ball in the head. Colonel mell, Buffs and Royal Welsh, goth Lysons of ours (who served in the and 97th. A gun, depressed and Canadian affair of St. Denis), though loaded with grape, belched a volwounded in the thigh and unable ume of flame and iron past me as to stand, remained on the ground, I sprang, sword in hand, into the and with brandished sword cheered embrasure, firing my revolver alon the stormers.
most at random; and the stormers, The actual portion of the latter their faces flushed with ardour and followed those who bore the scaling fierce excitement, cheering, stabladders, twenty of which were ap- bing with the bayonet, smashing portioned to the Buffs; and no with the butt-end, or firing wildly, time was to be lost now, as the swarmed in at every aperture, and Russians from the Malakoff, in bore the Russians back. But I, flamed by blood, defeat, and fury, being suddenly wedged among a were rushing down in hordes to number of killed and wounded aid in the defence of the Redan. men, between the cannon and the
In crossing the open ground be- side of the embrasure, could neither tween our trenches and the point advance nor retire, till dragged out of attack, some of the ladders were by the strong hand of poor Charley lost or left behind, in consequence Gwynne, who fell a minute after, of their bearers being shot down; shot dead; and for some seconds, yet we reached the edge of the while in that most exposed and ditch and planted several without terrible position, I saw a dreadful much difficulty, till the Russians, scene of slaughter before me; for after flocking to the traverses which there were dense gray masses of enfiladed them, opened a murder- the Russian infantry, their usually ous fusillade upon those who were stolid visages inflamed by hate, crossing or getting into the em- ferocity, by fiery vodka and relibrasures, when we planted them gious rancour, the front ranks on the other side; and then so kneeling as if to receive cavalry, many officers and men perished, and all the rear ranks, which were that Windham and three of the three or four deep, firing over each former were the only leaders of other's heads, exactly as we are parties who got in untouched. told the Scottish brigades of the
The scene in the ditch, where “Lion of the North' did at Leipzig, the dead and the dying, the bleed- to the annihilation of those of Count ing, the panting, and exhausted lay Tilly. over each other three or four deep, We were fairly in this terrible was beyond description; and at a Redan ; but the weakness of our place called the Picket House was force was soon painfully apparent, and in short, when the enemy made fellow-lift me up-gently, so—so a united rush at us, they drove us -thank you.' all into an angle of the work, and I passed an arm under him and ultimately over the parapet to the raised his head, removing at the outer slope, where men of the Light same time his heavy Fusileer cap. and Second Divisions were packed There was a gurgle in his throat, in a depse mass and firing into it, and the foam of agony came on his which they continued to do even handsome brown moustache. till their ammunition became ex- I am going fast,' said he, grasppended, when fresh supplies from ing my hand; ‘God bless you, the pouches of those in rear were Harry-see me buried alone.' handed to those in front.
'If I escape--but there is yet An hour and half of this dis- hope for you, Phil.' astrous strife elapsed, the Rus- But he shook his head and said, sians having cleared the Redan, while his eye kindled, to quote the trite description of 'If I was not exactly the first Russell, “but not yet being in pos- man in, I was not long behind session of its parapets, when they Windham. I risked my life freely,' made a second charge with bay he added in a voice so low that I onets under a heavy fire of mus- heard him with difficulty amid the ketry, and throwing great quan- din of the desultory fire, and the tities of large stones, grape, and mingled roar of other sounds in small round shot, drove those in and around the Malakoff; yet I front back upon the men in rear, should like to have gone home and who were thrown into the ditch. seen my dear old mother once The gabions in the parapet now again, in green Llangollen-and gave way, and rolled down with her-she, you know who I mean, those who were upon them; and Harry. But God has willed it all the men in rear, thinking all was otherwise, and I suppose it is for lost, retired into the fifth parallel.' the best. . . . . . Turn me on my
Many men were buried alive in side ... dear fellow—. ....I the ditch by the falling earth; am easier now.' Dora's admirer, poor little Tom As I did what he desired, his Clavell of the 19th, among others, warm blood poured upon my hand, perished thus horribly.
through the orifice in his poor, Just as we reached our shelter, faded, and patched regimentals, there to breathe, re-form, and await never so much as then like the supports, I saw poor Phil Caradoc old red coat that tells of England's reel wildly and fall, somewhat in a glory.' heap, at the foot of the gabions. •Have the Third or Fourth DiIn a moment I was by his side. vision come yet ? Where are the His sword-arm had been upraised Scots Royals ?' he asked eagerly, as he was endeavouring to rally and then, without waiting for a the men, and a ball had passed- reply, added very faintly, 'If spared as it eventually proved—through to see her-Winny Lloyd-tell her his lungs; though a surgeon, who that my last thoughts were of her was seated close by with all his -ay, as much as of my poor mother apparatus and instruments, assured .... and ... that though she will him that it was not so.
get a better fellow than I-''.. "I know better-something tells. That is impossible, Phil ! me that it is all over with me and "She can never get one who that I am bleeding internally,' said ...... who loves her more. The he with difficulty. Hardinge, old time is near now when I shall be