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Letters and Memoirs: Relating to the War of American Independence, and the ...
Friederike Charlotte Riedesel
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Page 120 - The incessant cannonade during the ceremony ; the steady attitude and unaltered voice with which the chaplain officiated, though, frequently covered with dust which the shot threw up on all sides of him ; the mute, but expressive mixture of sensibility and indignation upon every countenance ; these objects will remain to the last of life upon the mind of every man who was present.
Page 119 - Ackland, whose husband was wounded and a prisoner, and at another looking after my children, whom I had put to bed. As for myself, I could not go to sleep. as I had General Fraser and all the other gentlemen in my room, and was constantly afraid that my children would wake up and cry, and thus disturb the poor dying man, who often sent to beg my pardon for making me so much trouble.
Page 133 - I saw that all around me were so likewise; but that which rejoiced me more than everything else was, that my husband was out of all danger. As soon as we had finished dinner, he invited me to take up my residence at his house, which was situated in Albany, and told me that General Burgoyne would, also, be there. I sent and asked my husband what I should do. He sent me word to accept the invitation; and as it was two days...
Page 133 - ~' tents, a noble looking man came toward me, took the children out of the wagon, embraced and kissed them, and then with tears in his eyes helped me also to alight. " You tremble," said he to me, " fear nothing." " No," replied I,, " for you are so kind, and have been so tender toward my children, that it has inspired me with courage.
Page 117 - Our dining table, which was already spread, was taken away, and in its place they fixed up a bed for the general. I sat in a corner of the room, trembling and quaking. The noises grew continually louder. The thought that they might bring in my husband in the same manner was to me dreadful, and tormented me incessantly. The general said to the surgeon, ' Do not conceal any thing from me. Must I die ?' The ball had gone through his bowels precisely as in the case of Major Harnage.
Page 120 - To the canvas, and to the faithful page of a more important historian, gallant friend ! I consign thy memory. There may thy talents, thy manly virtues, their progress and their period, find due distinction ; and long may they survive, long after the frail record of my pen shall be forgotten...
Page 133 - I feared to come into the enemy's camp, as the thing was so entirely new to me. When I approached the tents, a noble looking man came toward me, took the children out of the wagon, embraced and kissed them, and then with tears in his eyes helped me also to alight. 'You tremble,' said he to me; 'fear nothing.
Page 138 - Seven families, who were connected with each other, partly by the ties of relationship, and partly by affection, had here farms, gardens, and magnificent houses, and not far off plantations of fruit. The owners of these were in the habit of daily meeting each other in the afternoons, now at the house of one, and now at another, and making themselves merry with music and the dance, living in prosperity, united and happy, until, alas ! this ruinous war severed them, and left all their houses desolate,...
Page 123 - answered he, ' I am amazed at you ! completely wet through, have you still the courage to wish to go further in this weather ! Would that you were our commanding general ! He halts because he is tired, and intends to spend the night here and give us a supper.
Page 111 - WHEN the army again moved, on the nth of September, 1777, it was at first intended to leave me behind; but upon my urgent entreaties, and as other ladies were to follow the army, I received, finally, the same permission. We made only small day's marches, and were very often sick; yet always contented at being allowed to follow. I had still the satisfaction of daily seeing my husband. A great part of my baggage I had sent back, and had kept only a small summer wardrobe. In the beginning all went well....