Narrative Of The Late Expedition To Syria (volume 2); Under The Command Of Admiral The Hon. Sir Robert Stopford. Comprising An Account Of The Capture  by W. Patison Hunter

Narrative Of The Late Expedition To Syria (volume 2); Under The Command Of Admiral The Hon. Sir…

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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. 1842. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. EXCURSIONS IN LEBANON--A VISIT TO THE EMIR CASSIM. The last chapter concluded rather abruptly with the story of the reconnaissance on the enemy at Zahle. I must add a few words of explanation as to the unfavourable light in which that account may seem to place the mountaineers, in respect to moral courage. There are two points which, when recited, go far to remove such impressions. The one, that the Emir Abdallah feared the responsibility of exposing his men to conflict in the absence of the Emir Beschir; and the other, that, in common with the bravest of their class, such men feel a want of nerve THE MOUNTAINEERS. 29 when away from their own hills. They had besides experienced many severe lessons of the discipline and superiority of organised cavalry in the plain--and Ibrahim's cavalry was the most effective portion of his army. The former reckless severities, also, practised by Ibrahim, when he maintained a large standing army in the country without foreign foe, had still left ill-defined traits of fear in their minds. And now, although Ibrahim had in reality fallen, his mere name was associated with the same exaggerated notions of power and evil design. But these mountaineers, when the rest of Syria was resistless under the iron rule of the Egyptian Pacha, had waged war against him; and though many thousand troops were at different times collected in the Boccah, in order only to make harassing incursions into their mountains--though their villages were frequently pillaged and burnt--their intercourse with the markets of the country 30 AN EXCURSION. interrupted--their chiefs bought over to side with their oppressor--under every disadvantage they still had defied, and defied successfully, the power of Ibrahim. On these grounds, therefore, I b...

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Title:Narrative Of The Late Expedition To Syria (volume 2); Under The Command Of Admiral The Hon. Sir…Format:PaperbackDimensions:52 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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