Welsh Newspapers

Search 15 million Welsh newspaper articles

Hide Articles List

8 articles on this Page

--.c.__:_--.-----JC" JL..;a,…







EXTRACT FROM 0'H\R\; NOVEL. The town of Boston is beautifully situated it is seated ori a peninsula, divided from Charleston by a river, and commanded on the eastern side by the strong eminence of Buker's Hill. On the night above mentioned the Americans had ta ken possession of those heights, and labounojr \yiih astonishing silence threw up before the morning- damned a'line of works extending half a mile across the summit of the ridge. Whan discover- ed, a heavy fire was opened on the w-rking parties, from the guns of the nun-of-war; by noon they completed their lines. To dislodge them from this strong position was now as difficult as it was necessary. and a body of troops were ordered on that service. Twenty flank companies, supported by the oth, £ Sth, 43d, and 02d regiments, a battalion of Marines, and a light brigade of artillery were formed at the foot of this formidable eminence. General Howe with the grenadiers, advanced against the lines, while General Pigot, with the Light. Inlantry, was directed to carry a redoubt which flanked the left of the enemy. The British troops advance up the hill with fearless intrepidity, but on ap- proaching the entrenchments thl Republican tire opened with such faral precision, that the best sol- diers in Knrope were checked, wavered, & broken. The execution of the rifle was terrible, and the artillery worked with rapidity, poured upon the gallant assailants a deadly torrent of grape and hot. GenerallIowe, whose approved iiravery was most conspicuous at the trying mo- ment, rushed into the hottest of Ihe fire. Officers and men fell in iieaps around him. Surrounded by the dying and the dead, he preserved his wonted composure, rallying the remains of the grenadiers who had led the attack, pointed with his sword to the breast work, and cheered them to a fresh essa v. O'Hara'scompany had twice advanced, and their leader, armed with the musket and bayonet of a fallen soldier, was seen conspicuously at their head. They had been a second time beaten back leaving half their number on the glacis" of the entrenchment. At this critical moment, when the day was all but lost, General Clinton arrived from Boston. Tiie British once more formed and again pressed forward 10 the trenches" a (i O'Hara and the grenadiers a third time headed the storming paty with all the desperate valour of his country. He entered the ditch, followed by his men, and British and American engaged band in hand. (ieliei-itl Warren, who commanded the American right, Iplo throughout this arduous conflict displayed the greatest bravery he rallied his raw soldiery, and, rushing to the front, endea- voured, sword in hand, to expel the intruders. Warren and O'Hara met the young American discharged a pitol at the Captain of grenadiers, while O'Hara, springing forward, plunged his bavonet into the breast of his gallant adversary. Dismayed by his fall, the Republicans gave way, and the entire of the right division were soon across the ditch. On the left the redoubt, which strengthened that part of the works*, had fallen General Pigot in the repeated attempts which lie had made to possess it, but seizing- Oll the diver- sion made in his favour by the success of the Bri- tish right, he by a and vi- gorous effort, in turning the flank of the American defences. The Royalists instantly occupied the hardly-contested hpights, and their brave oppo- nents, after an heroic resistance, retreated over the hill with all the steadiness of a veteran army. The feelings of O'Hara, as lie gazed oil the sur- rounding objects, were indescribable. The trenches, on the banks of which he stood, were filled with dea I and wounded Republicans peo- pie of similar manners, speaking the same langu- age, and closely related by descent, could not, in this scene of destruction, be regarded without a lively sympathy. Those of the Anwricans who had fallen at any distance were scarcely to be dis- covered from the earth in which they rested. No- thing on these self-taught, soldiers was intended to strike the eye. Their blue, and dark rifles were without ornament. All was plain, but was effective. Far different appeared the British grenadiers, arrayed in uniforms profusely decorat- ed, burdened with showy and useless accoutre- ments, with polished arms, belts, and breast plales; all too wpll calelllated 10 bestow a me- lancholy distinction on the wearer, and make him a more marked object for the rifleman. O'Hara sickened as he looked down the hill. It was, hdeed, It melancholy sight. Heaps of cop- ses lay as if regularlv strewn in front of the breast work. and indicated with what unflinching courage the British had advanced to the assault. The gay habiliments or tll(- fallen officers gave to the field ofdealh a gloomier contrast. Capsand feathers, muskets and drums, as they had dropped from the relaxing grasp of their possessors, were loosely scattered about, while, as if to crown the horror of the whole, the lig-ht which glanced upon the scene of slaughter was reddened by the flames of Charleston. :=.


[No title]