Orders had been received to retake Bazeilles at every cost, and drive the Bavarians into the Meuse.
No attempt was made to retake the town, for there could be no profit in gaining what could not be held.
"The Zouaves are to retake the village, with the bayonet," he said.
A little later the place where the retake was to be made was reached.
An enemy might at any moment appear, ...