The battle opened with a prolonged cannonade from the Spanish lines.
The affair was only a cannonade, but the French stood firm and the advance of the Allies was stayed.
During the afternoon there was a desultory cannonade, but neither side advanced.
The shattered walls of the Kashmir gateway, and the bastions of the northern face of the city, still bear the marks of the cannonade of September 1857.
Thir, the commander of the Albanians, then repaired to the citadel, gained admittance through an embrasure, and, having obtained possession of it, began to cannonade the pasha over the roofs of the intervening houses, and then descended with guns to the Ezbekia and laid close siege to the palace.