Narrative of the Expedition which Sailed from England in 1817, to Join the South American Patriots: Comprising Every Particular Connected with Its Formation, History, and Fate; with Observations and Authentic Information Elucidating the Real Character of the Contest, Mode of Warfare, State of the Armies, &c
J. Murray, 1818 - 144 páginas
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Página 53 - ... they found most readily procurable. In clothing they were still more destitute and deficient, in most instances merely consisting of fragments of coarse cloth wrapt round their bodies, and pieces of the raw buffalo hide laced over their feet as a substitute for shoes, which when hardened by the sun's heat, they again render pliant by immersion in the first stream at which they chance to arrive.
Página 55 - The exterminating principle upon which the war is carried on between the contending parties, render their campaigns bloody and destructive; desolation marks the progress of those hostile bands, to whose inveterate enmities the innocent and unoffending inhabitants are equally the victims, with those actually opposed to them in military strife. In action the Independents display much bravery and determination, and frequently prove successful, notwithstanding their want of discipline, deficiency of...
Página 55 - Avhich immediately succeed those sanguinary struggles are such as must cast an indelible stain upon the Spanish American Revolution. • The engagement is scarcely ended, when an indiscriminate massacre of the prisoners takes place ; nor is the slaughter only confined to the captives, the field also undergoes an inspection, when the helpless wounded are in like manner put to the sword.
Página 53 - ... when hardened by the sun's heat, they again render pliant by immersion in the first stream at which they chance to arrive. A blanket, with a hole cut in the middle, let over the head, and tightened round the body by a buffalo thong, has been frequently the dress of the officers ; and one of them who witnessed the fact, assured me, that suchwas actually the uniform of a British colonel (R ) who was at that time in the Independent service.