for his military writings as well as for his exploits in the field. The meeting of these two great generals produced no decisive results.
[Illustration: Turenne at the battle of the Dunes.]
Turenne returned to Paris in the winter, and was received with the most flattering marks of favor. On the approach of spring he was sent back to take command of the French army in Alsace, which, amounting to no more than ten thousand men, was pressed by a powerful confederation of the troops of the Empire, and those of Brandenburg, once again in the field. Turenne set himself to beat the allies in detail, before they could form a junction. He passed the Rhine, marched forty French leagues in four days, and came up with the Imperialists, under the Duke of Lorraine, at Sintzheim. They occupied a strong position, their wings resting on mountains; their centre protected by a river and a fortified town. Turenne hesitated: it seemed rash to attack; but a victory was needful before the combination of the two armies
This book is volume 2 of 8 about famous people. This book was first published in 1894 and is in the public domain. The printed edition has 319 pages and many pictures in it. This Amazon verion has no pictures; it is possible to find an e-book version with the pictures on the web. The version with the pictures takes up a lot of the memory-space on your Kindle (2,4 MB), the versions without pictures need less than 500 kB. On average each life history is app. 10 pages in the printed version.
I enjoyed reading this book: it told me a bit more than I knew about some of the very famous people whose stories are told here, but it also told the stories of some people I knew nothing about. This book is an easy and nice read; it is interesting for people who are interested in history, or also for people who are not really interested in history but like to read short stories about real people.
This volume tells the life histories of:
CHARLES XII. OF SWEDEN, ROBERT, LORD CLIVE, STEPHEN DECATUR, GEORGE DEWEY, PRINCE EUGENE OF SAVOY, DAVID GLASCOE FARRAGUT, FREDERICK THE GREAT,GIUSEPPE GARIBALDI, ULYSSES SIMPSON GRANT, SAM HOUSTON, THOMAS JONATHAN JACKSON, PAUL JONES, FRANÇOIS KELLERMANN, MARSHAL OF FRANCE, JAMES LAWRENCE, EDMUND LEE, FRANCIS MARION, JOHN, DUKE OF MARLBOROUGH, FIELD-MARSHAL COUNT VON MOLTKE, NAPOLEON BONAPARTE, LORD HORATIO NELSON, MICHEL NEY, MARSHAL OF FRANCE, OLIVER HAZARD PERRY, DAVID DIXON PORTER, ISRAEL PUTNAM, WINFIELD SCOTT, PHILIP HENRY SHERIDAN, WILLIAM TECUMSEH SHERMAN, TECUMSEH, MARSHAL TURENNE, ANTHONY WAYNE, ARTHUR, DUKE OF WELLINGTON, GENERAL JAMES WOLFE.