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THE BATTLE OF MONASTERO. f The Capitate publishes the following account of the 8 ltattle of Monastero, in which the Greeks of Epirus I sustained a severe reverse. The writer is himself a ( combatant in the ranks of the insurgents: ? Corfu, March 16. The attack began on Thursday at Licursi and at j Pjaspa, where our extreme left was posted under Cap- tain Stefan. We occupied the villages of Licursi, Monastero, and Vivari, on the sea, and the villages I of Tchuka, Xaralibey, and Dibri, on the mainland, I that is all the mountain chain which forms the circumference of the swampy valley called the Vale of Tchuka. At Licursi our men numbered 600, and were assailed in front and on the right by the enemy's regulars and irregulars, while on the left we were vigorously cannonaded by the frigate Mahmudje. Towards three in the afternoon, Captain Stefan, finding his ranks thinning, sent to Licursi for reinforcements. Captain Pennazxi thereupon despatched Lieutenant Oonturbia to him with 200 men, who, crossing the marshes between Tchuka and Karalibey, joined Stefan about ten at night. At the same time orders were given to all our advanced posts, except that stationed at Dibri, to fall back on Karalibey, so as, in case of emergency, to have a good force of fighting men to operate where the danger was greatest. And that was a well-advised move, for on the Friday the enemy attacked Licursi anew, and so peppered it with shells that it was seen reduced to ashes, and so further lessened our means of defence. Captain Pennazzi, however, on ascertaining this, hastened to the support of his left wing, blowing up the fortifications of Karalibey, and marching swiftly upon Licurei. For about an hour the ar- rival of these auxiliaries, some 500 men strong, inspired our troops with hope but matters rapidly assumed a less favourable aspect. Attacked on every aide, forced to fight in the open, we had to direct our retreat towards Monastero, a very strong position, and still in the hands of our troops. Step by step we began this desperate march of some five or six miles, leaving pools of blood at short intervals in our track. It was here that Stefan fell, and Oon- turbia, whose valour was simply heroic, and whose con- duct all through was above praise. We thought they had fallen for ever, but yesterday we hart news of them, that though wounded, they were still in life, and uncaptured, having been able to join the corps stationed at Dibri. Our men, with Pennazzi and Captain Lazzareto at their head, gained Monastero at dusk, and took refuge in its chief building, a real fortress of the middle ages, but unfortunately unpro- vided with artillery. On Saturday we were fairly surrounded, and the Turkish ironclads anchored at the foot of the mountain fired on us with their Krupp guns. For two hours we held out against a hurricane of shot and shell, till seeing all salvation impossible, and knowing what we had to expect if we made ourselves prisoners, we burned our flags, slaughtered the few horses we had with us, and hurled ourselves on the Turks with the bayonet, so as to force a passage through their ranks, and, if possible, gain v lit? sea, in the hope of being picked up by the English,frigate Rapid, which was cruising near the scene of combat. About fifty of us fell in this desperate sortie, while the rest were able to reach the coast and conceal themselves among the rocks. Among them was Pennazzi, who received a bullet in his thigh, but who was helped along by his troops. So ended the battle, only for want of combatants on our side, but the sufferings, privations, and agonies of the few survivors were far from being terminated. Concealed in the caves in the indentations of the shore, without food or water, with 'nothing, in short, not daring to venture out for the Bashi-Bazouks who were on the prowl all around, within hearing ever and anon of the shrieks of the wounded who were being massacred, and of the far-off tumult in the village which the Turks had burned, and where they were butchering all, young and old, of both sexes, we kept our lurking places till the midnight of Sunday. Half dead with cold and fatigue we kindled a fire in the bepe that it would signal to the Corfiotes, and in particular to the village of San Stefano, nearly opposite the position we occupied, some five miles away. Our hopes were not in vain. Two barques manned by Corfiotes, commanded by Stefano Gon- dequroand Giorgio Paraclte, were able, undercover of night, to elude the Turkish squadron, and to receive on koard some ninety of us, when they steered across to Corfu. It is impossible to describeour reception. Enthusiasm contended with compassion on the faces of the whole Population at thespectacleof our poorfamished remnant of the volunteers of liberty. Out of 2000 insurgents about 200 have been saved by the gallant Condequro and Parades, as well as by others emboldened by their example. About a hundred were made pri- Boners, seventy along with Stefan and Conturbia, as I have said, joined the corps at Dibri, which is now out of danger, having been able to abandon that position and gain the Thessalian frontier. The rest were mas- sacred against all national right, against every rule of war, and that as a recompense for the more than humane manner in which Pennazzi had treated the prisoners he made at Karalibey.

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