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After The Battle

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Parent Issue
Day
7
Month
October
Year
1870
Copyright
Public Domain
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The grea'est eveut of our time lita oc curred undur tbc eyes of thoso who savf the battle of Sedan. I think tlie British public must have had enough of battleBeld liorrors and hospital scène. Thore will be plenty of letters de9cribing Krawken-tragern, burial parties, wounded men, heaps of dead, tho hidcous reverse of the medal on the other aide of whicb are the bright cmblazonments of glory and victory. I vrill not dweil on the topic, but askyour readers to be Content with tho assurance that no human oye over rested on suoh revolting object as weró presouted by the batüe tielda around Sedan. Let therS fancy masaos of colnred ragslued togethcr with blood and braiiig, aud pinned into strange shapea by fragment of bones. Let them conoieve men '8 bodies without hoáds, log without bodies, heaps of human entrails attnched to red and blue clcth, and disemboweled corpse3 in uniform, bodiea lying about in all attitudes, with akulla shuttered, faces blown off, hipa smaiihed, bonos, flash and gay clothing all pouuded togcther as if brayed in a raortar, ex'.ending for milei, not very tliick in ono place, but rucurring perpetually for wiary hours, and then they cannot, with tho most vivid imnginatiun, come up to tho sickening realky of tliat bul chef y . No nightinare could be so frightful. Several times I caine on ppots wheré tbcro v.ere two horaes lying duad together in horness, killed by tha gamo fragment. Several times I aaW four, üvu, and six men, four, five and six horses, all killed by tlie explosión of oue prcijoctila, ancl in ona place thero lay no leas tlian cight French soldiere who must have been ptruck down by the burstiog ofashell over a company, for (bey lay al! round in a circle, witn their feul invvard, eaeh shattered in the head or chest by a pieoo of sliell, end no otber dead being vsithina hundred yards of them. A eurious, and to me unaccountable phenomenon, was the blaekness oí most of th- facos af tho deai Deoompoition h d not set in, for they were killed ouly the dny before. Another circunjstaiitc which struik me, was the expression of agoi,y on many facos. Üca'.li by tlie bayonet ia agoniiing:, and thosc who die by steel, open-eyed and opoi'-inoutlied, have' ari espresSion of pain ou tho ti atures, wiïh protruding tongue. A musket ball, which is at orice vital, doeis dot teem to caosa uiuch pain, and ihe features are composed and ijüit, soraetitnes with a sweet umile on the !';s Hut th pfevaiÜDg cspression on this field, of the faces which were uot mutilati'd, was one of terror and of agoiïy ui utterublo. Thi-re must have bisen a hel! of torturo riiging witbio that semi-circle, in which tho earth was torn asutider fiom uil sides with a real tempest of iron, hissing, and soreeching, and bursting into heavy masses at the bands of an uhset'ii caeaiy. I cannot imagine anytbing so trying to the bravest man as to meet deuth blmost ingloriously in suob a Bonse as that - tiothing eo maddening co söldi'ers rs to ba annihilated without. a chance of 7engeancc, nothiug so awful to the fugitivo as to seo his comrades blown to fragmenta all round him. It is we!! that wivoH and molhers, and foud tiitei-3 were iparèd the siglit of thoir bcloved onis, and it is well that in Francc it is cnly mothers and sisters who will bove to deplore thé t-lain. Whether tlic Pru'sinoa buried thnir dad early - the night of tha baltle i'Siflf - or nut I cannot teil, but their losses were almost notbing if tlicy were to be es'.iir.atei by the uumber oif bodiee oa the field.

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