Friday, July 1, 2011

It's Napoleon's fault there is no INFF this week.

So, I Need Friends Friday didn't happen this week. Two reasons:
  1. I was finishing up final edits for Seeking Persephone, which I turned in like 5 minutes ago.
  2. I was finishing up an amazing project for TwHistory on the Battle of Waterloo. (Go look up TwHistory, it's a really fantastic approach to bringing historical events to life through new media)
I've spent a couple months immersed in letters, journals, memoirs, field reports, etc. from the famous Battle of Waterloo (and the battles in the 2 days leading up to it). This week was the final push to get it done.

So, in lieu of an interview, here's an excerpt from the memoir of Captain John Kincaid of the rifle brigade recounting his experience at Waterloo, in which his division, alone, suffered thousands of casualties in the ten-hour long battle.

I shall never forget the scene which the field of battle presented about seven in the evening. I felt weary and worn out, less from fatigue than anxiety. Our division, which had stood upwards of 5,000 men at the commencement of the battle, had gradually dwindled down into a solitary line of skirmishers. The 27th regiment were lying literally dead, in square, a few yards behind us. My horse had received another shot through the leg, and one through the flap of the saddle, which lodged in his body, sending him a step beyond the pension list. The smoke still hung so thick about us that we could see nothing. I walked a little way to each flank to endeavour to get a glimpse of what was going on; but nothing met my eye except the mangled remains of men and horses, and I was obliged to return to my post as wise as I went.
I had never yet heard of a battle in which everybody was killed; but this seemed likely to be an exception, as all were going by turns . . .


Source: Kincaid, John. Adventures in the Rifle Brigade. London: Henry Frowde, Hodder, and Stoughton, 1900.

2 comments:

Canda said...

The smoke and mangled remains--Ooh, great (though grisly) images!

Donna K. Weaver said...

Wow.

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