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Usage examples for abattis

  1. They charged full in front, up the steep hillside, through several lines of abattis and in this way received the hottest of the enemy's fire. – School History of North Carolina by John W. Moore
  2. Robbing other portions of his line, he massed two divisions, and early in the morning dashed on the abattis of the Federals. – Lee's Last Campaign by John C. Gorman
  3. But there were no symptoms of unusual excitement, no sign of working parties, of reinforcements for the advanced posts, of the construction of earthworks or abattis – Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War by G. F. R. Henderson
  4. The rebels, confident of success, pressed on with vigor and succeeded in breaking our line at a point near Fort Steadman; reaching our abattis they poured a terrific volley in our lines, breaking through on the left; they captured the fort by charging from the rear. – Campaign of the Fourteenth Regiment New Jersey Volunteers by J. Newton Terrill
  5. We soon found, though, he continued, that they were furious with disappointment, for spears began to fly till our lads searched the nearest cover with some bullets, when the enemy retired a little farther, and then the boys got in the spears and made an abattis with them. – Middy and Ensign by G. Manville Fenn
  6. Our left is covered by the wood of Barre, where a strong redoubt has been constructed; and the whole of the position is fortified with breastworks and abattis as far as Fontenoy. – Bonnie Prince Charlie A Tale of Fontenoy and Culloden by G. A. Henty
  7. The Zouaves, flushed with success, attempted to carry the Round Tower with a rush, and swept up to the abattis surrounding it. – Jack Archer by G. A. Henty
  8. Hooker had desired to contract his lines somewhat after Friday's check; but the feeling that farther retreat would still more dishearten the men, already wondering at this unexplained withdrawal, and the assurance of the generals on the right that they could hold it against any force the enemy could bring against their front, decided him in favor of leaving the line as it was, and of strengthening it by breastworks and abattis – The Campaign of Chancellorsville by Theodore A. Dodge
  9. They consisted of forts crowning a succession of rounded hills, and connected by earthen ramparts, loopholed houses, ditches, and an abattis of felled trees. – With Moore At Corunna by G. A. Henty
  10. The Federal force occupying a very high hill which had been fortified by abattis and entrenchments, any attempt to storm it would have inflicted terrible loss upon the attacking party. – Reminiscences of a Rebel by Wayland Fuller Dunaway
  11. Several times the Russians advanced to within twenty yards of the defences, but each time, shattered by the fire of grape- shot and by the storm of bullets from the abattis they recoiled. – Jack Archer by G. A. Henty
  12. The echoes had not died away when a tremendous fire of musketry was opened by the Poles hidden behind the abattis – Jack Archer by G. A. Henty
  13. Over the abattis and palisades they leaped, and with such vehemence and rapidity assaulted and entered the works, that their loss was inconsiderable. – The Minute Boys of York Town by James Otis
  14. In his front was a river, the passage of which, exceedingly difficult in itself, was rendered much more so by a detachment of troops stationed behind abattis – The History of the First West India Regiment by A. B. Ellis
  15. Mobray sprang through a break in the abattis but had not run ten feet when he turned and shouted back something which the thundering of the artillery prevented Brereton from entirely hearing, but the words he distinguished were sufficient to make him catch at the barrels for support, for they were:- Janice Meredith ... – Janice Meredith by Paul Leicester Ford
  16. The town, more than a mile in circumference, was surrounded by a strong stockade, double ditches, and outward abattis and the inhabitants, who could muster 3000 fighting men, were, from their predatory and warlike habits, the dread of the surrounding country. – The History of the First West India Regiment by A. B. Ellis
  17. New Brighton, with its green terraces, its Chinese- pagoda villas, spread out upon one side, upon the other that solid wall of docks, the barricade that breaks the constant charges of the sea, with the masts of ships from every land for an abattis – An American Girl Abroad by Adeline Trafton