"Everyone knew how hard it was to deal with that violent and warlike crowd known under the name of the Dnieper Cossack army, whose external unruly disorderliness was merely a cloak for the disciplined orderliness that was best adapted for times of war. The horsemen rode without overstraining or overheating their horses; those on foot march soberly behind carts,and the whole army moved only by night, resting by day and choosing their camp wastelands, uninhabited places and woods...Spies and scouts were sent on ahead to spy out the land and bring news of the whereabouts of the enemy forces..."
"Very often they appeared suddenly in place where they were least expected - and everything took leave of life..."
"The villages went up in flames..."
"the cattle and horses that were not driven off with the army were slaughtered on the spot.."
"And it really looked as though the Cossacks were feasting rather than conducting a military operation..."
From Taras Bulba by Nikolai Gogol.