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At three the regiments passed time, had done their work, and cleared the through the town gate. General Reid, with posts opposing them. Colonel Tupper, the Light Brigade, consisting of the Rifles, charging on his regiment, was shot through the Third, Sixth, and the Chapelgorris, the arm, but he hid the bleeding limb in took the right of the enemy's lines to his cloak, and led his regiment for two wards the river Urimea. The Irish Bri- hours longer. Almost exhausted by loss gade (Seventh, Ninth, and Tenth), under of blood he was still facing a heavy fire General Shaw, took the centre, moving when he was shot in the head. towards the St. Bartoleme Convent, while “Tell the regiment,” he said, as he was General Chichester's Brigade (First Regi- dying fast, " that I can no longer comment, and part of the Eighth, and about mand them, but that they are fit to be eight hundred Spaniards) pushed at the commanded by any one that will fight at enemy's left. The first Carlist outposts their side.”

some two hundred yards beyond Colonel Fortescue of the Rifles, “Mad the convent. The general's orders were Fortescue," as he was called, a brave and to advance as close as possible and then reckless officer, although he was wounded charge at once with the bayonet. At the early in the engagement, fought several convent the two brigades were to fan out, times hand to hand with the Carlists. With and diverge from the centre for the simul- his green sleeves turned up, he pushed taneous attack. Through the humid gloom through bushes, and over walls, now up to the Carlist's picket-fires could be seen his knees in a ditch, now dragging his men glaring; the English advanced silently, through a dyke, till his clothes were nearly waiting with held breath for the word that torn off him. The Seventh and Eighth was to let slip the dogs of war. All at once were repulsed in three charges, and lost a Carlist sentry shouted : “Qui vive!"

many men. At last a party of the Tenth Chapelgorri ! Carajo,” was the reply came to reinforce them. * Old Colonel Fitzof a Christino, the sound of a musket broke gerald leading them, riding whip in hand, the treacherous stillness, and the sentry fell leaped over a low stone wall. Volley after back dead.

volley battered down the men, and all the “Forward,” cried every commanding officers of the three regiments, excepting officer. Bang, bang, volley after volley, the old colonel, fell. He stood there almost went picket after picket of the Carlists. alone among the spluttering Carlists' bul. General Evans pushed on first of all; aides- lets, shouting: de-camp began to dash about for orders; “ Irishmen — Tenth, Ninth, Seventh ! a few men fell dead. As daylight began to Munster boys ! bog-trotters ! ragamuffins ! show each side their opponents, it became Come on with old Charley” (his pet name necessary here and there to halt, for the in his regiment). “I'll stand here by mydefences were formidable to so small a self till I'm shot, if ye don't come on. force, however brave. The hot-blooded Many soldiers fell dead as he spoke, and Chapelgorris, wild to get at the Carlists, some of the wounded were again struck; and not well disciplined, fired with or with but the moment he had uttered the last out order at the slightest opening. The words, an Irishman cried, “By me shoul! Seventh Irish, led by Shaw, doggedly an? ye'll not die by yourself, old Charley," brave, pressed forward through a hot fire, and he cleared the wall.

The whole regithe column melting away as it advanced, ment followed like deer, and, bayonets but still returning no shot till it stormed down, instantly charged. Many officers over stone walls into the Windmill battery, and men fell here (wounded); amongst the where the five hundred loopholes had each former Capt. C. Thompson of the Ninth," a fierce Carlist behind it. In and about gallant, thorough-going fellow.” these houses the Carlists, stubbornly meet- Now commenced the attacks over the ing the Seventh, bayonet to bayonet, fell slippery, steep hill-sides on the fort of in great numbers, and eventually gave way. Lugariz; but in several attempts the Le

“You are doing nobly, Irishmen," said gion was repulsed. In the very nick of General Evans, riding up.

time, the Phønix and Salamander bore The first line of fortifications had now full sail into the bay with the Fourth and given way, but the worst remained.

Five Eighth Regiments. Hurrah! off darted pieces of cannon roughly welcomed the the boats, down crowded the soldiers into assailants of the strongly intrenched re-them; and the moment they touched the doubt of Lugariz, and to seize it was no shore, off went the knapsacks on the sand joking matter. The Rifles, in the mean in the care of a guard.

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“Come on, you grenadiers," said old stern way, at once thundered out:

“ Halt! Colonel Godfrey, “and you little beggars The Seventh shall not have the honour of in the other companies there, come on, and going—they hesitate.” Then turning to the we'll soon let them see they haven't got it other detachment he said: “Mitchell and all to themselves.”

Hogg, move up with those companies of the General Evans soon came up, and shook Eighth, take that house from the enemy, hands with the old colonel, and told him he and let nothing prevent you.” was just in time.

Majors Mitchell and Hogg, two very “Scotchmen!” he cried, addressing the brave and beloved officers, with Captain new arrivals, you will not have much to Larkham and Lieutenant Fiske, instantly do, but I know you will be proud to share led their men against the house, which the glory with the Sixth Regiment. Your was blazing from a hundred loopholes, countrymen are carrying everything before and wreathed with sulphureous smoke. them.'

Mitchell and Hogg almost immediately By this time the Phoenix and the other fell severely wounded, but they lay among vessels bad anchored close to the shore, the dead waving their swords and cheerand were opening a tremendous cannonade, ing the men on. Soon after Larkham and with terrible effect, on the fort of Lugariz, Fiske also fell, and about one-half of the sixteen hundred yards distant. Round one non-commissioned officers and privates also more corner, and the Eighth and Fourth shed their blood before that fatal strongwould be under fire.

hold. Eventually some companies of the "Push on, never mind who falls,” cried Irish Brigade carried the place with great Godfrey. “ The whole-attention! with loss. In one unsuccessful attack many of cartridge, prime and load. Not one fire a the English wounded were left under the shot till he is ordered. Silence in the cruel fire of the Carlists, who were singcentre there-silence! Fix bayonets, carry ling out the wounded. Two men of the your arms at the short trail. Companies Sixth lay on a ditch bank, trying to roll will follow in succession from the right themselves into the ditch out of danger. Grenadiers, right face - march ! Right A soldier with two broken legs was shot wheel-double!”

directly. The second man was a sergeant, And round the corner they swung, and an officer offered any one a dollar through a storm of bullets, and with who would venture out of cover and bring rockets darting overhead, or knocking him in. holes in the Spanish lines. The heavy “I'll bring him here on my back,” cried cannon of the vessels soon smashed down a soldier.

firelock some of ye, a corner of the redoubt, and a thirteen- I'll soon let ye see me go for him.” inch shell bursting just inside the breach, The brave fellow had just got the and scattering the Spaniards, Lugariz was wounded man in his arms when he was shot taken at the rush. Adjutant Alley of the dead. Presently two more men ventured, Fourth, scaling another part of the fort one after the other, and were both killed. wall, was left alone, the men who followed Soon after, the spot from whence the shots being all killed or tumbled back. A pistol- came was attacked and carried, and the shot from a Carlist officer stretched Alley sergeant saved. dead just as the other regiments poured in Soon after this, Colonel Chichester and through the breach. A corporal named the Third Regiment took a resolutely deOakley rushed at the Carlist officer, who fended post, where the Carlist chief, Sewas just snatching up a loaded musket gastibelza and his staff had hoisted a red from a dead soldier, and first stabbed and flag, to signify “No quarter.” Evans himthen shot him. The Christino guerillas in self had been the first to mount the enemy's this action were often seen tearing wounded barricades sword in hand, and was often men with their teeth.

in the hottest of the fight. Colonel WoolJust as the second line of defence was ridge, Lord William Paget, and others of nearly carried, General Shaw bad, with the his staff, were wounded close to him while Seventh Regiment, to attack a fortified and he was leading an assault in person. Fourintrenched house. Two companies of the teen field-officers had already fallen, with Eighth backed up the somewhat fatigued upwards of twenty captains, forty subalmen of the Seventh, already much shattered terns, and five hundred and ninety-four by charges on strong posts held by the rank and file. enemy. At the first shower of bullets they The Carlists made their last stand at a hesitated. General Shaw, in his usual point that Colonel Godfrey attacked.

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“Come on, my brave fellows,” he cried, him .till they were driven away. On a “ don't let those front regiments get all the beautiful budding day of May, when the praise-double, grenadiers."

swell of the long green wave rolling in Hurrah, hurrah!" the whole regi- from the Bay of Biscay was dying away ment yelled, their pieces at the charge. A unbroken on the shore, the officers who man beginning a second hurrah fell with fell in this stubborn conflict were buried. a bullet in his head. The fellow behind On the morning of the 28th there was him, tumbled over by a ball that struck more fighting. The river Urimea had to the square brass plate of his side - belt, be crossed, but the bridge had been deleaped up again, and marched on sing- stroyed. General Chichester's Brigade ing. The Carlists, rallying, opened a (the Rifles, and the Tenth, Fourth, and rattling fire on the advancing regiments. Eighth Regiments), part of General Jar. As Captain Shields was cheering his com- reguay's Division (the Chapelgorris, and pany,

and crying, “Come on, my good two battalions of Spaniards), were ordered fellows, come on,” he was shot in his sword to ford through the strong current under

His brother Rober an ensign, cover of thirty pieces of cannon. This hot, dashed on, calling to the men to follow him simultaneous fire disordering the enemy, and let his brother lie. The captain, binding the English and Christinos dashed in and up his arm, took his sword in his left hand, cleared the position at the point of the and said, “Let my arm go to mischief. bayonet, and almost without firing a shot. In My company will be the first to take the half an hour our nimble sailors had thrown position, and I must be with them ;” but over the swift river, one hundred and fifty faintness soon came on, and he had to be yards wide, a strong and permanent poncarried off the field. Corporal Oakley, at toon bridge, which artillery, waggons, the moment the Carlists were recrossing a cavalry, and six men abreast, traversed to ditch, and beginning to rally, cried out, and fro for six months after.' Lord John “So much for Buckingham” (a cele- Hay captured an armed schooner and five brated line of Edmund Kean's in Richard pieces of artillery, and the town of Pasthe Third then current), and shot dead a sages was that day occupied by the Legion. Carlist officer who was leading back his men. The Carlists were, by this conquest

, cut off The orders were then given to go forward from all' connexion with the sea in this and storm a house. It was a farm on a hill- direction, and they would have found this side, and many stone walls and ditches had a very serious loss had not the French to be cleared in the face of the Carlist fire. authorities often permitted them to pass The two men of the Legion who first broke military stores and ammunition. in were instantly shot, and the house be- The Legion, with the Chapelgorris and came full of hot smoke, for the firing some of Jarreguay's regiments, now occuup and down stairs was incessant. The pied the east bank of the Urimea, from the Chapelgorris as usual cruelly bayoneted convent of Antigua, on the north-west, all the Carlist wounded, and shot women to the villages and heights of Alza, four or without mercy. The search was keen for five miles distant, on the south-east

. In wine and money. Cows and fowls were soon the rear of Alza lay the town and port

of despatched, and the chests and drawers Passages. The hills were covered with broken open, fugitives hiding under beds vineyards and corn-fields, the white cotor in barrels, were killed. The officers tages glittered amid fields of maize, wheat, had to threaten the plunderers with death and beans. Lord John Hay and General before they would desist. The bugles then Evans were now hoping to push on to the sounded å recal, all the regiments were frontier of France, and thus cut off the reformed, and a muster was made, to find Carlists from all

supplies from the province out the killed, wounded, and missing. As of Guipuscoa. To prevent this, and to reGeneral Evans rode past the regiments venge the recent defeat, the Carlist chief

, with clothes stained, wet, and torn, he was Casa Eguia, resolved to attack the Legion, loudly cheered. He took off his hat as he and, if possible, win back Passages. trotted along, and continued remarking, On the morning of the 6th of June, “You have done well all of you ; you have 1836, the Carlists made a feint on the made a noble beginning.” Parties of men picket near the Ametzegana hill, a little were then sent out to cover up the dead, to the left of the English centre, the real and to bring in the wounded. One poor attack being intended for the village and fellow was found with twenty-nine bayonet fort of Alza, from whence Passages could wounds in him, the Carlists having tortured have been commanded.

Three hours after sunrise the real attack says a spectator. “We, at some distance, commenced; the men, back in quarters, but on rather higher ground, had faced the were sleeping or smoking, after their rough Navarrese, and were for a time kept back, morning meal of wine and bread, when a while they also stood, checked by our fire. cry ran through the town of “Turn out, The ground was rough, woody, and interturn out.” The drums rattled, the bugles sected by numerous hedges, so that it was sounded everywhere-the “dressing call,” difficult to advance; but this enabled us the “turn out the whole,” the "fall in,” to keep our ground the better against the the “advance;" last of all, the ominous numbers opposing us.

The green sunny “double quick."

fields and the orchards of yesterday were The soldiers grumbling, wrangling for now a blaze of fire and smoke. We saw their coats and muskets, hurried to the the Chapelgorris driven back, and those in front, for smoke was rising in volumes in front of us, emboldened by that, made a the direction of Alza. There the attack strong onset to force us, but a heavy and commenced. The First Regiment held steady fire scattered them on the earth the church and some loopholed houses. as they came forward. The Chapelgorris The Carlists, stealing up through an or- rallied, and their opponents in turn rechard, shot two sentries, and cut to pieces treated, the wounded being left lying. As the picket, bayoneting the wounded, as the visitors came up with them the bayonets usual, without mercy. A sentinel, who were dashed into dead bodies by those forestood at the back of the church, had both most, while others more leisurely put carhis feet cut off by the first cannon-ball, tridges into the mouths of the wounded, and the same infernal shot, rebounding and blew them up, pinned the bodies of two from the corner of the building, cut one dying ones together by a bayonet, cut off of the Legion in two pieces, and carried off heads, holding them up in the air to the the arms of another. General Chiches- enemy, and perpetrated other atrocities too ter, with his usual courage and skill, horrible to be told. The retreat of the instantly lined the churchyard wall with Carlists was but short. They retaliated the the men of the First Regiment, and let full measure of slaughter and barbarity that fly his aides-de-camp for assistance. But they had suffered, for the Chapelgorris were the Carlist Navarrese regiments, the bravest again compelled to give way. A few of and best soldiers of their party, advancing these, being cut off in the corner of a field, through a dreadful fire, forced their way could not by any possibility escape, and through the fields, and, after a severe loss, they were seen to close with their assailants. wrested back the position from the First Shortly afterwards, on the ground being Regiment. One of the daring Navarrese retaken, their bodies were found, but officers, seeing General Chichester within mixed with an almost equal number of reach, dashed at him, followed by others, Carlist dead. A Carlist officer was lying and grappled with him as he rode. Chi- gasping, while an antagonist had seized chester instantly shot one of his assailants him by the cheek with his teeth; the dead, cut down, right and left, the two latter was dead, having been stabbed by men who had clutched his bridle, darted the officer, but still held fast; and this was from the rest, rallied the First Regiment, the cauşe of the Carlist's death, who, but and, aided by reinforcements, retaliated for this, would have made his escape, not terribly upon the Carlists.

being otherwise wounded. This officer was The enemy had also attempted a simul- immediately recognised by some of the taneous attack on the western extremity Chapelgorris as the once powerful chief of of the English lines, but soon retiring, a guerilla band, in which some of them General Evans ordered all his disposable had been subordinates. He had split the troops round to defend the Ametza, and band in two at one time for a bribe, which retake the village and heights. In this caused them now to be on adverse sides, fight the Chapelgorris rendered themselves and the one who had seized him in the especially conspicuous by their daring fero- manner described had been second in comcity and revengeful cruelty. The Carlists mand under him, had met him that day, and Christinos (the white and red caps) was disarmed, but had wrestled with him, were, in many cases, known personally to and thus played his part of the mutual reeach other, for they were nearly all Guipus- venge. There was an 'advance' sounding coan mountaineers, some of them relatives, by our bugles. Two companies of the Sixth a few even brothers.

Regiment, with great bravery, joined the “They met on the hill-side near Alza,” | Chapelgorris, and, driving the enemy



with considerable loss on both sides, took stripped priest. Shrieking an oath, he possession of part of the disputed ground. fired at the captive, and following the bullet Our own and the other regiments of with a savage bayonet thrust, he beat in the General Chichester's Brigade advanced poor man's skull with the butt-end of his also, and, after having gone forward for musket, leaped on the body, grinding his some distance against a heavy fire, there teeth, as he pounded down the head and

à general charge made, and the breast-bone of the miserable ecclesiastic Carlists, tremendously peppered by shot, who had dared to doubt the legal right of and bayoneted in their retreat, abandoned the little Queen Isabella Segunda. Such is their ground, and fell back on Alza. Per- the ferocity of party warfare, such are the severance on our side soon drove them from crimes for which the men of the brave that position in like manner.”

British Legion were held accountable by As the Carlists retreated they set fire to their enemies. the houses, in order to deprive the Legion Soon after this, Colonel Godfrey of the of shelter, and the English pressed for- Eighth, dismounting from his horse to lead ward in blinding darkness, the sound of his men through a low-boughed orchard, the bugles alone directing them. The re- the animal, by a slight retrograde movesult of this was that the Fourth Regiment, ment of the regiment, was left half-way mistaking the Eighth for the enemy, between a body of Carlists and Christinos

. fired upon them in flank, and all but Two Carlists advancing to seize it were occasioned a retreat. Soon after this the shot down. A party of six men of a light Carlists again came on, headed this time, company of the Legion at once volunteered not only by their officers, but by two priests to fetch the horse. The moment, however, in full dress, holding aloft crucifixes, to they left their cover, the Carlists fired a incite the men against the accursed Pro- volley, and four out of the six fell dead. testants. All at once the gloom before “Let the brute alone,” said Colonel them burst into lightning flashes, and Godfrey; "if he will stand there like a volley after volley was poured on the Car- fool, let him. I'll not have my brave young list front ranks. Many fell, others tumbled boys shot for nothing. into ditches, scrambled through gaps, or A Chapelgorri then offered to go, and leaped over walls.

began bargaining about the number of dol. “Forward-forward, men; fix bayonets," lars of the reward. Corporal Oakley (a cried the maddened Christino officers; the brave fellow before mentioned) at once bugles rang out the charge. “Viva !” said: shouted the frenzied Chapelgorris. A wild “No Chapelgorri shall go, and leave me hurrah was given by the Legion, and the behind, afraid. If a Chapelgorri can venEnglish bore forward like a red deluge. ture for payment, I know who will do it One of the luckless priests tore off his robe for honour." and shovel-hat, the other made for a hole The moment Oakley started, the soldiers in a bramble hedge, but stuck hopelessly began betting against each other wine, among the thorns. As the poor old man bread, beef, tobacco, dollars and pesetas“ kicked and sprawled in this dilemma, a he would or would not return with the huge Scotch grenadier pricked him behind prize. The bullets were already scattering with his bayonet, eager to strip him of his the dust around Oakley's feet. He got silver-buckled shoes, his silver cross, and hold of the horse, but the brute was fracivory crucifix, swearing at him all the tions, and began to rear. More bets. Oaktime, in a mixture of Scotch and broken ley fell, but only for a moment; the horse's Spanish oaths. Other men coming up, the rein had been cut through by a Carlist grenadier, without ceremony, slipped off bullet. The regiment cheered as Oakley his reverence's shoes and put them on his rose again, and the Carlists fired a fresh own feet.

The next man snatched the volley. This time a shot struck the horse, Carlist priest's silver spectacles and cruci- and luckily sent him scampering back tofix. Two others gutted his sash of all its wards his master, and Oakley, after having dollars and pesetas, but no one offered been exposed for nearly seven minutes to him actual violence. The Carlists, just a continual fire from fifty of the enemy, then rallying to

their priest returned back in safety. from the foul heretics, were firmly with- A universal cheer rang through the stood by the legionaries. At that mo- woods as the bugles now again sounded ment a red-capped Chapelgorri coming the advance. The scene at this crisis is up, cast his eye on the unfortunate half- picturesquely described by our chief autho


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