The Battle of Hochkirch
THE NIGHT was exceptionally dark. We heard a few musket shots, but since all soon was quiet again we thought it might have been our outposts firing on a patrol, which often happens at night, or that it had to do with deserters, who are not uncommon in camps that lie close to the enemy. But since our regiment was stationed next to the guards, that is to say in the center of the camp, and like the guards was especially alert and accurate in matters of the service, we were prepared to fall in as soon as we heard the shots—the more so since our excellent commanding officer had some days earlier on his own ordered us to remain in uniform at night so as to be ready for any eventuality. The firing had aroused the curiosity of officers and men; we left our tents to see what more would happen. While we were asking what these shots nearby could mean, what had caused them, we suddenly heard tremendous musket volleys, and even saw the powder flashes through the darkness. It was about three-thirty in the morning. We officers immediately shouted: “Fall in! Under arms!” In less than two minutes we had our men in rank and file. The firing increased in intensity, and a few guns from the village of Hochkirch joined in. This lasted until shortly after four o’clock....
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