Excerpt from The Battle of Plattsburgh: An Address, Delivered Before the Plattsburgh Lyceum, Feb. 18, 1835
At this point, one of the finest specimens 0fdisci~ pline ever exhibited, was shown by the. British troops on the occasion of the opening Capt. Leon ardsbattery upon the... m. The company to which i was attached, formed a part of the left ¿ank of our little army, and was on the rise of ground west of the road leading from Mr. Halsey's corner to Isaac C. Platt's, and about midway between the artiller} and the head ofthe British, column; and t scene was open to our views Halsey's corner,) was a battery of two 0 per: fectly masked by a party of the infantry, that the enemy probably was not aware of it,'until it Opened upon him. There a dense column of men, with a front equal to the width of the road, and extending nearly half a mile in length, pressing on with a buoy ancy and determination of spirit, betokening an ex~ pectation that they would be permitted to walk into our forks without much opposition. How sad the disappointment to the victorious veterans of so ma ny bloody fields of Europe! 80 perfect was the motion of the troops in marching, that they seemed a great mass of living matter moved by some in mi. Ble machinery: Yet Ican now almost fancy could hear them cracking their jokes, and each claiming for himself the honor of being the first to make a lodgement in the Yankee forts; when and dealy, with the niese of thunder, the sound of a can.
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