History of Julius Caesar eBook

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Caesar had no ships, for Pompey had cleared the seas of every thing which could aid him in his intended passage.  By great efforts, however, he succeeded at length in getting together a sufficient number of galleys to convey over a part of his army, provided he took the men alone, and left all his military stores and baggage behind.  He gathered his army together, therefore, and made them an address, representing that they were now drawing toward the end of all their dangers and toils.  They were about to meet their great enemy for a final conflict.  It was not necessary to take their servants, their baggage, and their stores across the sea, for they were sure of victory, and victory would furnish them with ample supplies from those whom they were about to conquer.

[Sidenote:  Caesar crosses the Adriatic.]

The soldiers eagerly imbibed the spirit of confidence and courage which Caesar himself expressed.  A large detachment embarked and put to sea, and, after being tossed all night upon the cold and stormy waters, they approached the shore at some distance to the northward of the place where Pompey’s fleets had expected them.  It was at a point where the mountains came down near to the sea, rendering the coast rugged and dangerous with shelving rocks and frowning promontories.  Here Caesar succeeded in effecting a landing of the first division of his troops, and then sent back the fleet for the remainder.

[Sidenote:  He subdues several towns.] [Sidenote:  Caesar’s advance.] [Sidenote:  Distress of the armies.]

The news of his passage spread rapidly to all Pompey’s stations along the coast, and the ships began to gather, and the armies to march toward the point where Caesar had effected his landing.  The conflict and struggle commenced.  One of Pompey’s admirals intercepted the fleet of galleys on their return, and seized and burned a large number of them, with all who were on board.  This, of course, only renewed the determined desperation of the remainder.  Caesar advanced along the coast with the troops which he had landed, driving Pompey’s troops before him, and subduing town after town as he advanced.  The country was filled with terror and dismay.  The portion of the army which Caesar had left behind could not now cross, partly on account of the stormy condition of the seas, the diminished number of the ships, and the redoubled vigilance with which Pompey’s forces now guarded the shores, but mainly because Caesar was now no longer with them to inspire them with his reckless, though calm and quiet daring.  They remained, therefore, in anxiety and distress, on the Italian shore.  As Caesar, on the other hand, advanced along the Macedonian shore, and drove Pompey back into the interior, he cut off the communication between Pompey’s ships and the land, so that the fleet was soon reduced to great distress for want of provisions and water.  The men kept themselves from perishing with thirst by collecting the dew which

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