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The day used to be some distance spent while our troops, wearied as a lot with the pursuit as with battling, have been commanded to halt, and to lie down in brigades and divisions alongside the heights which the enemy had deserted. With us all was once now completely quiet; however the roar of musketry, and the thunder of the cannon, nonetheless sounded on our correct. because the darkness set in, too, the flashes turned each second progressively more conspicuous, and produced, as a result of the nice unevenness of the floor, a remarkably appealing impression. Repeated attacks being nonetheless made upon the Hermitage rock, the total facet of that conical hill appeared in a blaze, when each valley and eminence round it sparkled every now and then just like the hills and valleys of a tropical weather, while the fire-flies are out in thousands. Nor have been different and improved lighting short of. Our troops, within the hurry of the conflict, had set fireplace to the huts of the French infantrymen, which now burst forth, and forged a robust glare over the complete quantity of the sphere. probably it was once an excellent scene, and tended a lot to maintain the measure of pleasure which had pervaded our minds through the day. Our loss, I suggest the lack of the corps to which i used to be connected, chanced to be trifling. No specific significant other, or intimate acquaintance of mine at the least, had fallen, for that reason there has been not anything to ruin the sensation of natural pride, which the meanest person in a military reports while that military has triumphed; nor do I consider many happier moments of my lifestyles, than whilst I stretched myself this night beside a hearth, close to my good friend grey, to speak over the occurrences of the day. The Quarter-master bobbing up quickly after with a provide of provisions and rum, further, certainly, no longer a bit to my delight, for the inventory which I had supplied within the morning used to be in the past disposed of between those that were much less provident; and my meal was once through a snooze, comparable to kings may envy, although the heavens have been my cover, and the fairway turf was once my mattress. bankruptcy VII approximately an hour after dawn, at the following morning, the tents and luggage, which have been left at the Spanish aspect of the river, got here up; and we have been once again enabled to take care of ourselves opposed to the inclemency of the elements. And it used to be good that their arrival was once now not longer deferred, for we had hardly ever time to pitch the previous, while a heavy hurricane of wind and rain begun, which, lasting with little intermission in the course of complete days, rendered our state of affairs the opposite of agreeable. the placement which we occupied, was once, in addition, highly uncovered, our camp stretching alongside the ridge of a bleak hill, absolutely naked of each description of wooden; certainly, the one gas now inside of our achieve, consisted of furze, the fairway and prickly components of which we chopped and gave as forage to our horses, when the stems and smaller branches provided us with very detached fabric for our fires. The left column of the military had now not lengthy proven itself in France, while crowds of sutlers, and different camp-followers, started to pour in.