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The New World, Quarto Edition, v. II, no. 24, Whole Number 54, Saturday, June 12, 1841.
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The New World, Quarto Edition, v. II, no. 24, Whole Number 54, Saturday, June 12, 1841.
Benjamin, Park, 1809-1864.
Lever, Charles, 1806-1872.
14 February 2017
New York : J. Winchester
Dime Novels and Popular Literature
Charles O'Malley, the Irish dragoon / by Harry Lorrequer.
K .) V PARK BENJAMIN, OJUARTO EDITION. ‘ V 5 Vowiue ll....,‘Numar:n. 24. ‘“.Y,' fttat .’2ltit'trircttt QEhilistt.= "CH’ARiLES.,O’M,ALLlE,Y, " THE IRISH DRAGOON.' I t ' ,’ VOLUIEII. , BY HARRY Lottttlqvrin. . r CIIAPTER xtx....'i'hs Linsr. WHEN we reached Lescas, we found that an officer‘ of Lord Wellington's staff had just arrived from the lines, and was occupied in making known the general order from head quarters; which set forth, with customary brevity, that the , French armies, under the command of Massena, had retired from their position, and were. in full retreat; the second . and third corps, which had been stationed at Villa Francs, ' having marched during the night of the fifteenth in the di- rection of Mnual. The ollicers in command of divisions were ordered to repair instantly to Peru Negro, to consult upon a forward movement, Admiral Berkley being written e to, to provide launches to pass over Gensr Hill's, Many other corps which might be selected, to the left bank ofthe To us. All was now excitement, heightened by the unex- pected nature ofau occurrence which not even speculation had calculated upon. It was but a fewdays before, and the news had reached Torres Vet-lras,that a powerfulreenforce- ment was in march to join Massena’s army, and their ail- vanced guard had actually reached Santarem. The con - i dent expectation was, therpfore, that an attack upon the lines was meditated. ‘ Now, however, this prospect existed no longer; for scarcely had the heavy mists at the lowering day disappeared, when the vast plain, so lately peopled by the thickencd ranks and dark masses of a great nrmy, was seen in its whole extent deserted and untenanted. e ‘The smouldering fires of the ,icketsalune marked where th'e’tro-Jps were posted, but not a man of that immense force was to be seen. General Fane, who had been deapalched with abrigade of Portuguese cavalry and some artillery, hung upon the rear of the retiring army; arid from him we learned that the enemy were continutiiv thcir retreat north; ward, having occupied Snntarem wit a strong force to cover the movement. Crawford was ordered to the front with the light division, the whole arrriy.followrng in the same direction, except Hill‘s corps, which, crossing the ri- ,ver at Velada, was intended to arass the enemy's flank. and assist our future operations. t . ‘ ‘ ’Such. in brief, was the state of affairs when I reached ‘ Villa Franco toward noon, and received orders to join my regiment, then forming part of sir Stapletongottoi-i'a brigade. - It must be felt, to be thoroughly appreciated, the enthu- ' t siastic pleasure with which one greets Iii ol corps after some months of separation-the bounding ecstasy with which the eye rests on the old familiar facts, dear by every iassocinlion ofaffection and brotherhood; the anxious look - for this one and for that-the thrill of drllgltl sent through the heart as the well-remembered march swells upon the ‘ ear; the very" notes of that rbugh voice. which we had ' heard amid the crash of battle pad the rolling of artillery, ' - ‘such The - youthful ]0lli[y, as foremost in the v ‘speaks softly to our senses, like a father’s welcome: from the well tattered dig that waves above us. 111 theyroud steed of the war-worn trumpeter, each has a niche in our n, i ‘ . t . a%fc:voer there who a corps calculated to increase and fos- ur these sentiments, the Fourteenth Ltghtxllmgoons was ‘ warm affection. the truly heart-felt regard, which existed among my brother oflicers. "'34: our mess n . happy home. Our veteran colonel. ETVW“ 2”)’ “I cum- patgning, was like a father to us; WW5 ‘he 5'“""’,'3m0H3!. tempering the warm blood of ittIP““"“3 Y0'“l1 Willi lhtll’ ‘ hard-won experience, threw a charm of P93“ I“ "BE- quillity over all our intercourse that made us hapgy when together, and taught us to feel that, Wlltlh" ““" '"‘'“''d the watch-I-ire, or charging amid the sli“lid"""5 0‘ ‘h‘ "is emy, we were surrounded by those; d9""”’d ‘mm and “"1 to aid us. ' Gallant fourteenth! ver first in ever)’ ‘SW 59113“? Pf an to meet the foe-how appy am I I9 recall the memory of your bright looks and V hold hearts! ofyour manly dating on . .-of your merry voices, as I have heard them in the lsalltln 3;’ in the bivouacl Alas, and alas! that I shmildf 1;-lg: -' [ugh recollections alone! how few-how V"! < “isms Fl“ ‘Z“i‘:"‘ fi‘“;“ Wis‘;-:;"::ti:: Zi"f’:E bo career av ear ya ovet e 0.55 I ,,nemy..wliose brokenrxoacle 11‘ have ll;lChIt8I:);l:e?‘l::::v:l;: , e ur pineso t e . above Somle ; ll]efi>Sl.Il'llIllig sands of India cove':h;!il‘l'IgEYP5l;c“:d ‘ as o A amancii are ow our a , ‘hE“lvI'er‘ePcBt>lmes O'Malley!" sltsulrdyclitl a well-known , voice asl rode down the little slope, at the foot of which I grain of officers were standing beside theirhoiser. d i ' 1- Welcome, thou man of tzalwayl" cried Ham? 9"- H delighted to have you once trtore among us. HOW fan‘ ' . fottndedly well the fellow is looking I" t t g , .s f. - t . , . . if -' i.“ No pent-upilitita rontratta our powers; or i-‘Tc 127-: (Kid N-S T R E E r, 1 NEW-YORK, SATURDAY. JUNE 12. taii. “Lisbon beef seems better prog than commissariatbis. cuit ! ” said another. - “A’ weel, Charlie 1" said my friend the Scotch doctor; “ how ’s a‘ wi’ ye, man’! Ye seem to thrive on your mus hops! Ilow cam’ ye by that braw beastie ye ‘re mounted on 1 H . ‘:11 present, doctor; the gift of: very warm friend.". “Ihope you invited him to the m.ess,4O‘Malley! For, by Jove, our stables stand in need of his kind offices! There he goes! Look at him 1 ‘VVl‘ial a slashing’pace for a heavy fellow!” This observation was made with i’i‘fEIPlt'lct! to a well known ofiicrr of the Commander-in-Chie ‘s stafT, whose weight-some eight-and-twenty stone-never was any 'mpediment to his bold riding. . ‘ I “ Egad, O‘Malley, you ’ll soon be as pretty a light weight as our friend yonder. Ali! there ’s a storm going on there! Here comes the colonel I " - - “ Well, O’Malley, are you come back to us! Happy to see you, boy !-hope we shall not lose you again in a hurry! -We can ‘t spare the scape-gracesl There ‘a plenty of skirinishing going on !-Crawford always asks for the scapegrsces or the pic eta!” I . ' Ibshocik rriyhgailant ci;lonel's hand, ]while I acknowledged, as est In)" t is am igiious com iment. . ’ “I say,'l:ds,,” resumed the colonel; “squad your man and form on the road! Lord Wellington ’s conung down this way to have I look at you! O'Malley, Ihave General Crawford‘s orders to offer you your old appointment on his start; without you prefer remaining Will!‘ the regiment!" b " I ct? ltevlerkheEufliEieritlyI%'ttlteful,:il', to the general; at in iiot- I in -t at is, e ieve - u' You at rather be rtmttng your own fellows. out with it boy! Ilike you all the better! but come we mustn't lei the general know rim; so that I shall tsrgat to tell you all about it. Eht is n’t that bestl But gain your troop now; lhear the staifcnming this way." ‘ ‘As he,spoke, a crowd of horsemen were seen advancing toward us at a sharp trot; their waving plums: and gor- geous aigiiilettes denoting their rank as generals of di sion. In the midst, as they came nearer, I could distinguish one whom, once seen, there was no forgetting; his pliin blue frock and gray trowsers nuslrapped beneath his boots, not a little unlike the trim accuracy of the costume around im. As he rode to the head of the lending squadron, the statffell buck and he stand alone, before us: for a second there was a dead silence, but the next instant-by what impulse tell who can-one remendous ‘cheer burst from the entire regiment. It was like the act o one man; so sud- d ntaneous. > VVhile every check glowed and eshliysgysiiiparkled with enthusiasm, he alone seemed cool and unexpired, as gently raising his hand, he motioned th t ' ce. . I - , flnI<‘o‘ii:i:eIr]tth, you are to be where you always desire to be-in the advanced guard of the army. Ihave nothing to say on the subject of your conduct in the field, I know you ,- but, if in pursuit of the enemy, I hear of any ntlECO-Ddllcl toward the people of the country. or 3")’ "ansgression oi the general orders regarding pillagtii b)‘ C''‘.1 '11 punish you as severely as the worst corps in the service, and you is . . n":v(v)li’,“t'ear and ages, listen to that; and there to to be no plunder after all,” said MERCY Flfnu ‘ml R" "‘ "‘5““‘ "I8 most 1 could do was not to burst into I lit oflaughter. The word “ Forward " was given at the moment, and we moved past its clasedcolumn, wlilile ltllllzl pen::ah;i;igmenye wliicldi seem: to rea our very t oug Emu one en fthe li to the other. ‘ . I ‘ ‘ D “ I sayfchsrley,“ said the captain ofrn)’ ‘“"'-‘P In BWlIis- per, " I say, that conlounded chrfeI;‘fN9 53" B01 '1? mallea- J ’it dhtkdoting-" sM‘l"BI;eJfil:!<i, Isiixerlfealtrriiire disposed (hall “I "peat it," tr N',,, no, mi bnrdwe ‘ll give him the honors, nine times nine; but wait till evening. Look at olddlflerivale ilk", I’ll swear it! '5 saying somethinl my will '0 him. th ld fellow's happy look ‘. " YDRKO ietgvas; the bronzed hard cast features of theret- eran soldier were softened into an exP"5%“’" 9f Flmoil boyish delight, as he sat bare-headed, bowing to his very saddle, while Lord Wellington was speaking‘ , ' As I looked, my lltlll’I‘llI1'0bl-79d painfully against my side, my breath came quick. ,“"d.I "““'‘"e ‘E’, NYWU. “ What would I not give to be in his place novel , CHAPTER )IX....The Retraat oflha Frnttch. V It is not my intention, were I even adequate to tile task. to truce with anything like accumtt’ "'3 '."“"“ “r “'9 W“ at this period. In fact, to those who. ltkG mYF9lfr WCW performing a mere subultera character, the daily move. ments of our own troops, not in Erie! of the collllltull change: of the enemy. WU? P“‘r“‘lV ““l‘"‘’‘"‘- ‘,'‘d ‘“ ;.;,,Z;,,;-, 'IewFP.Per Wu more ardenlly longed for in the Peninsula. than by the most eager crowd of I London cof- fee room; nay, the results of the very N18“ "N31! We were out-selvrs coiicerned in, ""7" ‘hm “"9?! '5‘ ""Ch'd us throughthe press of our.oWl.If!0'-m“’Y- 1‘ " "FY 9"0“El‘ to understand this. The ofiicer in command of I l‘8lm='"v and, how much more, the captain of ‘I ltoolti 0! the I'll”-li t . one whole niiltoiiribeb 7 ‘J.. WIN'CIlESTER,iPtJ.l3LlSIlE'R. . Qfoittitmit is Ottt’5l'-’ L ' . .. - .‘ on nan ANNUM.- - . Wiioait Nttiniirzii 5%.. tern tinder him, knows nothing beyond the sphere of his own inimediate duty; by the success or failure of his own party his knowledge is bouu<led,but how far he or his may ‘ influence the fortune of the do or ofvihat is taking place elsewhere, he is totally ignorant ; and an old fourteenth man ,- did not badly explain his ideas onthe matter, who described Busaco as “ a great noise and a great smoke, booming ar- tillery and rattling small arms, infernal confuaion,aud to all‘ seeming incessant blundering, orders and counter-orders,‘ ending with a crushingtcltatge, when; not being hurt him- self nor having hurt anybody,ho felt much pleased to learn that they had gained a victory." It is then suflicient for all the purposes of my narrativr-.,whi=n I mention that Mas- aena continued his retreat I1 Satitarerri nnd Thomar, fol- lowed by the allied army, w o, hpwever desirous of press- ing upon the rear of their enemy, were still obliged to main- tziin their communication with the lines, and also to watch ‘ the movement of the large armies, which, under Nry and boult, threatened at any unguarded moment to attack them in an . s V - The position which Massena occupied at Santarem, lilt- urally one of great strength, and further improved by in- irenchments, dz-lied any attack on’lhe part of Lord Wel- ington, until the arrival of the long expected reinfi>rce- ' manta from England. These had sailed iii the early part of January, but, delayed hy adverse winds, only reached Lisbon on the ucond of March, and so correctly ,was the I-‘rt-rich marshal apprised of the circumstance, and so accu- ‘ rnlrly did he anticipite the probable Rrull, that on the fourth he broke up his encampment, and recornmenced his retrognde movement, with an army now reouced to forty thousand fighting men, and with lIt'o thousand sick; de- atroying all his baggage and guns that could not be horned. lly a demonstration of advancing upon the Zezsre, by which he held the allies in check, he succeded in passing his wounded to the rear, while Ney, appearing with a large force suddenly at Leiiia, seemed bi nt upon attacking the , lines: by these stratagrms two days’ march were gained, ' and the Freritclt retreated upon Torres Novas and Theater,’ destroying the bridges behind them as they passe . The day was breaking on the l2th of March, when the British first came in sight of the retiring enemy. We were then ordered to the front, and, broken upintosmall parties, threw out as skirmisliers. The French ChB25!iIl'F, usually not indisposed to accept this species of encounter, showed i now less of inclination than usual, and either retreated be- fore us, or hovered in masses to check our advance; in this way the morning was passed, when towards nooa we per- ceived that the enemy were rawn up in battle array, oc. cupying the height above the village ol Redinhn. ' ‘ tle straggling village in siltlaltd in a hollow traversed by a narrow causeway, which opens by a long and dangerous defile u on abridge; on eith;r side ofvrhich a dense wood alliirde a shelter for light troops, while upon the com- manding ernioeitce above, a battery of heavy guns was seen in position. . , ' in front of the village a brigade of artillery and a division of infantry were drawn up ro skilfully as to give [hf ap- ' pcarance of a considerable force; so that when Lord Wel- " lingion came up, he spent some time in examining the enc- iny’s position.‘ Erskine‘: brigade was immediately ordered s up, nnd the fifty-second and nittcly-fututli, and a company i of the forty-third were led against the wooded slopes upon the Fredch right. Picton simultaneously attacked the left. and in less than an hour both were successful, and-Ney‘l ponilmn was laid bare; hisskirmtshefs, however, continued to hold their ground in front, and La Furriers, a colonel of t hussars, daelung boldly forwnrd at this very moment, ear- ‘ ricd offfourtrrn prisoners from the vcry front of our lin . Deceived by the confidence of the enemy, Lord Welling- ton now prepared for an attack in force. The infiiniry We” therefore formed into line, and, at the signal of three shou fired from the centre, began their foremost movement. ’ Bending up a gentle curve. the whole plain gliniened with the glancing bayonets, and tho troops marched mBJ"“l‘!llY onward; while the light artillery and the cnviirr Wind-as forward from the left and centre rushed eIgPllY '"“’”‘l ‘h’ foe. One deafening discharge from Ihel-‘reach guns opened < at the moment, with a general volley of small arms The smoke for an instant obscured every ihiniti “d “'l“‘“ ‘l“‘ cleared away, no enemy was to e seen. - . , The British pl'fEEd madly on, like heated blood-hounds; ,. ' but, when they descended the slvvpfi '11‘ "i”“3' ”fR"ii“h" was in Humrs, and the French in‘ full retreat beyon ,I!; I single howttzerseemed our only ‘“7Pl’7> ""1 "9." “"9 "9 ‘. flame and dense smoke of the buf",“‘3 vm.‘g?. 1 map 1: dragooris rushed rsrwuihlud, charging ourinfa.nt.- ry, carried it off. he strug;lr, though but for a moment, ' citst them deari twenty 01' "'9" 9‘"“l"d" Hr dead upon y were resolute and determined, and the officer who led them on. ligbllng hand to hand with a sol- dier of the forty-second, cheered them as they retired. His gallant bearing, and his coat covered with decnriition.u,be- spniie in on. of note.‘-nd well ll. nuglllt he who thul perilled liialife to maintain the courage of his soldiers at (he commencement of a retreat, was no ntlierthnn Ne! mmglf, la pliu brave du bfllill.‘ ,'l‘he Bfitiab pressed hotly