Gustavus Adolphus and the Thirty Years' War; An Historical Novel

9781235614613: Gustavus Adolphus and the Thirty Years' War; An Historical Novel
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872. Excerpt: ... curse as they have done; in a word, to live among them with your whole heart, and not alone with your cold, reflecting judgment, then follow me! I will lead you down in the vale; my hand is weak and my sketch humble, but your heart will guide you better than I; upon that I rely--and begin. THE BATTLE OF BREITENFELD. HROUGH the history of Germany and Sweden has resounded for centuries a name, at the recollection of which the Swede raises his head higher, and the freedom-loving German uncovers his in admiration. It is Leipzig, Breitenfeld, and the 7th of September, 1631. King Gustave Adolf stood with his Swedes and Finns on German soil to protect the holiest and life--lib-j erty and faith. Tilly, the terrible old corporalf had invaded Saxony, and the king pursued him. Twice already had they met; the tiger had challenged the lion to the contest, but the lion did not move. Now they stood for the third time in view of each other; the crushing blow must fall, and Germany trembled in the anticipation of its fate. Early in the morning the united Swedish and Saxon armies crossed the Loder and marched towards the village of Breitenfeld, where they placed themselves in battle order. It was some new military tactics invented by the king; the footsoldiers in brigades, the cavalry in small squadrons, between them the musketeers, and the whole in two lines, but the Saxons were by themselves. The king rode along the lines, inspected everything with his sharp glance, and spoke encouraging words. His eye rested with delight upon these brave men: there stood Gustaf Horn, with his troop of cavalry on the left wing; in the centre the valiant Teuffel, and in front of him Torstensson, with his light but formidable "leather cannon;" Banfer with his Livonians, and Hepb...

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