The Battle of Waterloo involved armies of many thousands of men and resulted in the utter defeat of Napolean
The battle had raged all day, when the French army began to fall back from the British-held ridge. The Duke of Wellington
, commander of the British army, was sitting on his horse
talking to Lord Uxbridge
, his cavalry general
, about the course of the battle. Both were under fire at the time.
Suddenly, a cannonball
flew past, striking Lord Uxbridge in the knee
. There was silence for a moment as both men recovered from the shock. Then Lord Uxbridge calmly announced: "By God
, sir, I've lost my leg."
Looking down at the shattered leg, Wellington replied: "By God, sir, so you have."