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Page 215 - ... square-cornered coach, the nine mules attached to it being urged to the utmost ; implying that its inmate was as anxious to escape as the meanest in the army. ' Sir Arthur, surrounded by his staff, slept, wrapped in his cloak, on the open ground, in rear of the second line, about the centre of the British army. A hasty doze was occasionally taken, as more continued rest was disturbed by alarm of different kinds, — while the reflections of others kept them waking. The bustle of the day had prevented...
Page 197 - The mounting on horseback to proceed to the review, showed how ill fitted was Cuesta for the activity of war. He was lifted on his horse by two grenadiers, while one of his aides-de-camp was ready on the other side to conduct his right leg over the horse's croup, and place it in the stirrup ! Remarks were whispered at this moment, that if his mental energy and activity did not compensate for his bodily infirmity, Sir Arthur would find him but an incapable coadjutor.
Page 178 - Their sufferings met commiseration frorp the British alone, who had not suffered from the guilty acts for which they were now receiving retribution.. . .The rocky torrent of the Cavado presented next morning an extraordinary spectacle. Men and horses, sumpter animals and baggage, had been precipitated into the river, and literally choked the course of the stream. Here, with these fatal accompaniments of death and dismay, was disgorged the last of the plunder of Oporto.
Page 178 - Oporto. _A11 kinds of valuable goods were left on the road, while above three hundred horses, sunk in the water, and mules laden with property, fell into the hands of the grenadier and light companies of the guards. These active-fingered gentry soon found that fishing for boxes and bodies out of the stream produced pieces of plate, and purses and belts full of gold and silver ; and, amidst scenes of death and destruction, arose shouts of the most noisy merriment.
Page 251 - So pressing were our wants, that one of our commissaries took from them by force one hundred bullocks and one hundred mule loads of bread.
Page 228 - ... French returned our fire with eights and twelves. As the weather was dreadfully hot, and it was impossible to know how long we should occupy this ground, orders were given to bury the men who had fallen the night before and in the morning attack, lying around the hill interspersed with the living. The entrenching tools were thus employed, and it was curious to see the soldiers burying their fallen comrades, with the cannon shot falling around, and in the midst of them, leaving it probable that...
Page 204 - ... champetre, in placing the carriage cushions on the grass. To these the Spanish commander-in-chief was supported by two grenadiers, who let him drop on them, as his knees were too feeble to attempt reclining without the chance, nay, certainty, of a fall.
Page 215 - A large portion of his troops posted in front left their ground, and rushed through the town, and in the midst of the crowd of fugitives was seen a certain square-cornered coach, the nine mules attached to it being urged to the utmost ; implying that its inmate was as anxious to escape as the meanest in the army. • Sir Arthur, surrounded by his staff, slept, wrapped in his cloak, on the open ground, in rear of the second line, about the centre of the British army. A hasty doze was occasionally...
Page 169 - ... post, and the three companies, on gaining the summit, threw themselves into it, as it at once covered the place of disembarkation and was for themselves a good means of defence- Our artillery was posted on the high bank, on the other side, completely commanding the Prado and the Vallongo road.
Page 170 - Buff's had crossed, and soon saw symptoms of bustle and confusion in the town, and the French regiments forming on their parades. This was an anxious moment, and just as the whole of the Buffs had landed, a battalion was observed moving down a road towards them. This was the 17th, brought down - by Foy, and which was quickly supported by the 70th. The first made an attack on the Buffs, who stood their ground, giving a tremendous fire, while our artillery from the opposite side killed and wounded...
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