A Narrative of the Campaign of the British Army in Spain: Commanded by His Excellency Sir John Moore

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J. Johnson, 1809 - 327 страници
 

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Страница 207 - The troops, though not unacquainted with the irreparable loss they had sustained, were not dismayed, but by the most determined bravery not only repelled every attempt of the enemy to gain ground, but actually forced him to retire, although he had brought up fresh troops in support of those originally engaged.
Страница 210 - British troops was never more conspicuous, and must have exceeded what even your own experience of that invaluable quality, so inherent in them, may have taught you to expect. When every one that had an opportunity seemed to vie in improving it, it is difficult for me, in making this report, to select particular instances for your approbation. The corps chiefly engaged were the brigades under Major-generals Lord William Bentinck, Manningham, and Leith ; and the brigade of guards under Major-general...
Страница 192 - The French artillery plunged from the heights, and the two hostile lines of infantry mutually advanced beneath a shower of balls.— They were still separated from each other by stone walls, and hedges, which intersected the ground ; but as they closed, it was perceived that the French line extended beyond the right flank of the British, and a body of the enemy were observed moving up the valley, to turn it.
Страница 201 - I have made my will, and have remembered my servants; Colborne has my will and all my papers.
Страница 280 - December: I have therefore determined to send to England, Brigadier-general Charles Stewart, as the officer best qualified to give you every information you can want, both with respect to our actual situation, and the events which have led to it. Your lordship knows, that had I followed my own opinion, as a military man, I should have retired with the army from Salamanca. The Spanish armies were then beaten, there...
Страница 114 - I am unwilling to enlarge upon a subject in which my feelings must be stifled, or expressed at the risk of offence, which, with such an interest at stake, I should feel unwilling to excite, but this much I must say, that if the British army had been sent abroad for the express purpose of doing the utmost possible mischief to the Spanish cause, with the single exception of not firing a shot against their troops, they would, according to the measures now announced as about to be pursued, have completely...
Страница 193 - ... balls. — They were still separated from each other by stone walls, and hedges, which intersected the ground; but as they closed, it was perceived that the French line extended beyond the right flank of the British, and a body of the enemy were observed moving up the valley, to turn it. An order was instantly given, and the half of the 4th regiment, which formed this flank, fell back, refusing their right, and making an obtuse angle with the other half. In this position they commenced a heavy...
Страница 275 - The diversion made by our march on Sahagun, though at great risk to ourselves, has been complete ; it remains to be seen what advantage the Spaniards in the south will be able to take of it; but the march of the French on Badajoz was stopped when its advanced guard had reached Talaveira de la Reine, and every thing disposable is now turned in this direction.
Страница 208 - ... already been made by his order, and were in fact far advanced at the commencement of the action. The troops quitted their position about ten at night, with a degree of order that did them 'credit. The whole of the artillery that remained 'unembarked, having been withdrawn, the troops followed in the order prescribed, and marched to 'their respective points of embarkation in the town and neighbourhood of Corunna.
Страница 204 - During the season of repose, his time was devoted to the care and instruction of the Officer and Soldier ; in war, he courted service in every quarter of the globe. Regardless of personal considerations, he esteemed that to which his Country called him, the post of honour ; and by his undaunted spirit, and unconquerable perseverance, he pointed the way to victory. " His Country, the object of his latest solicitude, will rear a monument to his lamented memory ; and the Commander-in-chief feels he...

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