Memoir of Baron Larrey

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H. Renshaw, 1861 - 256 ページ
 

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54 ページ - ... thick parchment for splints. His wounded were then upwards of ten thousand in number, and almost all the town in conflagration. At Eylau, these poor fellows were well-nigh meeting with a second calamity, which would without doubt have destroyed the whole of them. " While I was operating," says he, " or directing operations, I heard on all sides of me the most pressing appeals to me from the sufferers. To the doleful moans of these intrepid soldiers succeeded, after the operation, a prodigious...
35 ページ - An engagement with the English had just occurred, and among the wounded was General Silly, whose knee was ground by a bullet. Larrey, perceiving that fatal results might ensue unless the limb was amputated at once, proposed amputation. The general consented to the operation, which was performed under the enemy's fire in the space of three minutes. But lo ! the English cavalry were approaching. What was then to become of the French surgeon and his dear patient ? "I had scarce time...
97 ページ - General Dumas, do you not know me ?" " No. Who are you ?" "I am the rearguard of the grand army — Marshal Ney. I have fired the last musketshot on the bridge of Kowno ; I have thrown into the Niemen the last of our arms; and I have walked hither, as you see me, across the forests.
218 ページ - ... mistook his position, and fancied he was to judge of the importance and value of the reports ; hence on receiving Grant's important letter he sent it back, saying that so far from convincing him that the Emperor was advancing for battle, it assured him of the contrary. Grant instantly conveyed his letter direct to the Duke, but it only reached him on the field of Waterloo...
xiv ページ - ... almost as they fell. Larrey had early perceived the enormous advantage a wounded man got by having his fracture set or his bleeding stopped as rapidly as possible, and by then getting a roof over his head before night set in. General Beauharnais, in a despatch to the Convention, made special mention of "Surgeon-Major Larrey and his comrades with flying ambulances, whose indefatigable care in the healing of the wounded has diminished those afflicting results to humanity which have generally been...
36 ページ - I had scarce time," said Larrey, " to place the wounded officer on my shoulders and to carry him rapidly away towards our army, which was in full retreat. I spied a series of ditches, some of them planted with caper bushes, across which I passed, while the cavalry were obliged to go by a more circuitous route in that intersected country. Thus I had the happiness to reach the rearguard of our army before this corps of dragoons. At length I arrived with this honourably wounded officer at Alexandria,...
55 ページ - ... of the enemy to outflank our left, precisely at the point where the ambulances were stationed, was calculated to spread trouble among these distressed men. Already some who were able to march had taken flight; others were making vain efforts to follow them, and escape this unexpected attack. We, however, were their prop and support; we were determined to die rather than to seek ignominious safety. I expressed forcibly to all the wounded who remained the resolution which I had taken not to abandon...
217 ページ - Dombery was placed at Conde (I think) as an intermediate authority. That General mistook his position, and fancied he was to judge of the importance and value of the reports. Hence, on receiving Grant's important letter, he sent it back saying, that so far from convincing him that the Emperor was advancing for battle it assured him of the contrary. Grant instantly conveyed the letter direct to the Duke, but it only reached him on the field of Waterloo!
147 ページ - Russians arrived in enormous force, and began to fire upon " the division of General Partoureaux, the soldiers of which division immediately wished to cross the bridge all at once. The conveyances clashed with each other. Some of the unfortunate men were crushed, while others, losing all spirit, threw themselves into the stream ; some opened a cruel way for themselves by massacring all who obstructed their passage. Shrieks of women, cries of despair, roar of cannon, noise of explosions, and a variety...
246 ページ - I bequeath to the Surgeon-in-Chief of the French Army, Larrey, 100,000 francs. He is the most virtuous man I have ever known.

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