"I fear that I should prove a very poor judge, madame,"

being made available by simply reversing them at some points, or at

others wholly reconstructing them to suit the circumstances of the

ground: The troops, without reserves, were then placed behind our

cover dismounted, boxes of ammunition distributed along the line, and

the order passed along that the place must be held. All this was

done in the darkness, and while we were working away at our cover the

enemy could be distinctly heard from our skirmish-line giving

commands and making preparations to attack.

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