By Wood V.C. G.C.B. G.C.M.G. Field Marshal Sir Evelyn

Field Marshal wooden ranks as some of the most eminent infantrymen of the Victorian period of the British Empire. He served with contrast within the dust and distress of the Crimean battle, the Indian Mutiny, Wolseley's Ishanti warfare, the Zulu battle and in Egypt and the Sudan. His activities on attacking a gang of robbers rationale on murdering an area service provider earned him the Victoria move - his moment suggestion for the V.C.

His enduring affection for the cavalry during which he served early in his illustrious profession ended in him penning ancient works in regards to the arme blanche. This paintings focusses at the old triumphs of the cavalry deployed at the battlefield from 1794 to 1870, fairly throughout the Napoleonic Wars and the 1870 Franco-Prussian warfare. From the sphere of Marengo in 1800 to the famed "Death experience" of von Bredow in 1870, box Marshal wooden retells the occasions with authenticity and skill.

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Although enfeebled by age, his courage was as staunch as ever, for in the battle of Novi, 14th August, 1799, he is mentioned as personally leading on troops up to the cannon’s mouth like a battalion commander. But, as will be seen in the course of the narrative, his physical strength was not equal to the continuous exertions which his position demanded. In the month of April, 1800, Melas, having left General Ott with 25,000 men to invest Genoa, which Masséna was defending with 12,000 men, turned on Suchet, who was holding a strong position on the Var river.

He was a small, slightly-built man, delicate in appearance, with an intelligent but not prepossessing face. Neither wounds nor reverses ever cooled his courage. Haddick, the youngest of the Austrian generals, was only forty years of age; but being mortally wounded in the first assault on the Fontanone brook, near Alessandria, was unable to help his older comrades in the final struggle at the close of the day. Zach was fifty-four, O’Reilly sixty, Ott sixty-two, and Kaim and Melas were both seventy years of age.

The French square now fired one volley, and the Allies, being pounded by artillery from both flanks, hesitated. This hesitation was, however, but momentary, for presently, encouraged, and led on by their officers, the squadrons dashed into the square, Major Aylett being bayoneted through the body as he entered it, and three other officers having their horses wounded. Half the square now dispersed; the other half fired another volley, and remained firm until the Light Dragoons turned on them, when the whole mass broke up.

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