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English: Marshal MacMahon, French Commander at the Battle of Sedan

Identifier: grandestcenturyi00nort (find matches)
Title: Grandest century in the world's history; containing a full and graphic account of the marvelous achievements of one hundred years, including great battles and conquests; the rise and fall of nations; wonderful growth and progress of the United States ... etc., etc
Year: 1900 (1900s)
Authors: Northrop, Henry Davenport, 1836-1909
Subjects: Nineteenth century
Publisher: Philadelphia, Pa., National publishing co
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: Sloan Foundation

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gh Se-dan and join in Wim-piSfens proposed at-tempt to cut a wayout towards Carig-nan. .What he sawin the interior of thetown may be de-scribed almost in hisown words. The streets, theopen places, the gateswere blocked up bywagons, guns, andthe luggage and de-bris of a routed army.Bands of soldierswithout arms, with-out packs, were rush-ing about, throwingthemselves into thechurches or breakinginto private houses.Many unfortunatemen were trampledunder foot. The fewsoldiers who still pre-served a remnant ofenergy seemed to beexpending it in ac-cusations and curses.We have been be-trayed, they cried ;sold by traitors and cowards. Nothing could be done with suchmen, and Ducrot, desisting from his in-tention to join De Wimpffen, hastenedto seek out the Emperor. The air wasall on fire; shells fell on roofs, andstruck masses of masonry, which crushed downon the pavements. I cannot under-stand, said the Emperor, why theenemy continues his fire. I have or-dered the white flag to be hoisted. I
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MARSHAL MACMAHON—FRENCH COMMANDER AT THE BATTLE OF SEDAN. we have been hope to obtain an interview with theKing of Prussia, and may succeed inofettinsf advantageous terms for thearmy. While the Emperor and Ducrot werethus conversing, the German cannon-ad increased in deadly violence. Fires 418 OVERTHROW OF THE FRENCH EMPIRE. burst out; women, children and wound-ed were destroyed, and the air wasfilled with shrieks, curses and groans. It is absolutely necessary to stopthis firing, at last exclaimed the Em-peror, in a state of pallid perturbation. Here, write this: The flag of trucehaving been displayed, negotiations areabout to be opened with the enemy.The firing must cease all along theline. Now sign it! Oh, no, sire, replied Ducrot; Icannot sign. By what right could I doso ? General Wimpfien is in chief com-mand. Yes, rejoined the Emperor; but Iknow not where General Wimp-ffen is to be found. Someone mustsign ! Let his chief-of-staff do so, sug-gested Ducrot; or General Douay. Yes,

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