Great Men and Famous Women, Vol II
Images from Great Men and Famous Women, an American book from 1894 featuring pen and pencil sketches of famous people together with notes on them by well-known writers.
The book was published and printed in the USA before 1922 and hence is in the public domain.
Napoleon and the Sphinx
[Napoleon] was bent on the conquest of Egypt. He appears to have had something visionary in his temperament, and to have dreamed of founding a mighty empire from the stand-point of the East, the glow and glamour of which seem always to have had a certain fascination for him. He therefore employed the resources of the Army of England to prepare for an expedition to Egypt, and the Directory yielded to his wishes, partly no doubt, through the [...] [more...]
It was at this time [in 1792] that the formidable invasion under the Duke of Brunswick, consisting of 138,000 men, of whom 66,000 were under the King of Prussia in person, and 50,000 were Austrians under Prince Hohenlohe and Marshal Clairfait, marched to France, and menaced Dumouriez, who occupied the defiles of Varennes, with very inferior forces. [...] [more...]
Sheridan’s Ride by T. Buchanan Read
“Sheridan’s next operations, however, were the most important, as they have become the most renowned, in his career. Passing through Strasburg [USA], he posted his troops on the further bank of Cedar Creek, while he himself, on October 16th , went to Washington in response to a request from Secretary Stanton, for consultation. Before the sun [...] [more...]
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