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pate the sanguinary scenes which would follow the slaughter of to-morrow.
Mahony had watched for his return, and collected the materials for a bog-deal fire, with every necessary refreshment.
Of all the Catholic insurgents, the tenantry of O'Hara alone remained. No persuasion could induce them to retire with their enraged neighbours, and faithful to the last, they determined to live or die with their beloved leader. If any circumstance could have gratified their once happy master, it was the unchanging devotion of his followers; but a gloomy foreboding of the result of the morning's conflict deepened his mental distress, as he reflected that to personal attachment, in some measure, their impending calamities might be attributed. Mahony observed the progress of these bitter meditations, and with kind solicitude enforced the necessity of repose, and O'Hara yielded to his advice, and stretched himself beside the blazing wood-fire.
Morning dawned upon the rival forces. The royalists arose refreshed from fatigue, and con
fident of victory. But, alas ! what a gloomy contrast did the rebels on the hill exhibit! The chasms in the long lines of yesterday, made by the desertion of their Popish confederates, were filled up by reducing their lengthened array. In point of force, they were still numerically superior; but, alas! discipline, refreshment, and daylight, had reduced their chances of success to desperation. Poor Munro, with all the frippery of command, dressed in a splendid green uniform, mounted on a showy charger, and followed by Aides-de-Camp and Orderlies, bustled about the ground, and fancying, unfortunately, that he had some knowledge of tactics, prepared to meet a practised leader and an experienced army in a fair-fought field. Alas! the only chance had been already given away; and, after witnessing the slaughter of his followers, his own fate was reserved for the scaffold.
The day shone brilliantly out, as the royal army leisurely prepared for the encounter. No remains of yesterday's exertions were now apparent. The bright arms of the infantry glanced gallantly in the sunbeams, as each bat
talion formed itself with beautiful regularity. The rebels endeavoured to annoy them by firing a few rounds from their ill-appointed cannon, but the service of the guns was too indifferent to produce effect, and having coolly completed their dispositions, they waited for the signal to advance.
Munro perceived too late, how miserably he had calculated, when he determined to await the attack which he should have anticipated the preceding night. Any disposition he attempted to make was rendered useless by the irregularity of the rebels. Irresolute and wavering, he applied in this emergency to O'Hara, and according to his suggestions, made some arrangements for his defence.
At the foot of the hill, the ground was broken and uneven, and a churchyard, with other enclosures, afforded a favourable position. To maintain this important post, Henry devoted himself-he occupied it with the pike-men drawn up in close column, covered by the fire of the musketeers. This had been scarcely effected, when the bugle of the royalists sounded the advance, and their light battalion directed
its attack on the enclosures which had been just lined by the detachment of Castle Carra. Obedient to their leader's orders, the rebel fire was reserved until their assailants were close to the stone walls, which formed a breast-work, from behind which the musketeers threw in an effective volley, and under cover of the smoke, the pike-men rushed forward to the charge. The assault was impetuous and irresistible. Their long pikes drove in the bayonets of the infantry, and they charged the artillery, which were for a moment in their possession. This was the critical moment of the day, and had O'Hara been supported, there was a chance of victory; but it was not the case, and the royalists rallied immediately, and outflanked the rebels, who were obliged to fall back upon the enclosures which were occupied by their friends.
We shall confine ourselves to simply stating, that the struggle here was long and desperate. The republicans offered an obstinate resistance to the spirited efforts of the king's troops, and more than once the contest balanced, but being turned on its flank, confusion spread through
the rebel line upon the hill, and the royalists having pressed forward, their cavalry availed itself of favourable ground to charge and complete its destruction.
Every exertion made by the leaders to restore order was vain, and, indeed, was but partially attempted, and a scene of indiscriminate slaughter succeeded. The wretched rabble were cut down by hundreds, for until the ardour of pursuit abated, the royalists troubled themselves little with making prisoners. The Castle Carra rebels, however, still continued an obstinate defence. They repulsed the troops in two attempts they made to dislodge them, and in turn charged them a second time back to the muzzles of their guns. Their long pikes gave them great advantage over the shorter weapons of their antagonists, and they withstood the close fire of the soldiery with the steadiness of a disciplined body. The total dispersion of the rebel centre quickly decided their fate, for the cavalry getting on their rear rendered useless the desperate attempt they made to disengage themselves from their surrounding enemies. The Highlanders had now cleared the enclo