By Bruce Catton
While first released in 1953, Bruce Catton, our preferable Civil warfare historian used to be provided either the Pulitzer Prize and the nationwide e-book Award for excellence in nonfiction.
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What proceeded was an equally matched battle at sea where neither side was able to grasp an advantage. As the two forces clashed, Cleopatra made a sudden about turn and commanded her forces to retreat and return to Egypt. Confused and panicked, Antony followed his lover and doomed the remainder of his fleet. It was a year after this devastating defeat when Octavian’s forces finally crushed Antony’s in Alexandria. After receiving news that Cleopatra was dead, Antony fell upon his own sword. Cleopatra was very much alive, though, and she tried to appeal to Octavian, but her seductress’ powers finally failed her.
The vast majority of his military operations were for personal gain and he changed alliances frequently for his own desires. For instance, in 1821 he supported the drive for Mexican independence but turned against its leader, Agustín de Iturbide, just a few years later. The same happened again to President Vincente Guerrero, who Santa Anna helped rise to power but then also plotted his downfall. Perhaps the general’s inest moment was when he fought against a resurgent Spain, who tried to retake Mexico in 1829.
De Moray’s soldiers would go down the flanks. For now, though, it was a game of patience – Wallace would not order his men to charge until an ideal number of the English had crossed. While all this went on Surrey was – incredibly – sound asleep in his tent. By the time he finally awoke, hundreds of troops had made their way across. In farcical scenes, Wallace watched bemused as Surrey ordered the troops back over the bridge to the south of the river once more. It showed a dismissive attitude to the Scots – it meant Surrey cared little about the embarrassing, disorganised appearance this would display to the opposition.