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"This is the story of the great Peninsular War, by one who fought through it him-self, and in no history has a more chivalrous and manly account been given of one's enemy. Indeed, Napier seems to me ... Read full review
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action affairs already appeared Appendix arms army arrived artillery attack authority battle Bessieres Blake body BOOK British Burgos capital Castaņos cause cavalry centre CHAP columns command commenced communication conduct convention corps covered danger detachment directed division duke Ebro emperor enemy England English event five followed force formed four France French French army front guard guns head heights hope hundred immediately infantry insurrection Junot junta king latter Lisbon Madrid means miles military Moore movement Napoleon occupied officers operations orders passed person Portugal Portuguese position prepared proceeded provinces rear received reinforcements remained reserve resistance retired retreat returned river road sent side sir Arthur sir Hew sir Hew Dalrymple sir John situation soldiers Spain Spaniards Spanish success taken thousand thousand men tion took town troops Tudela whole Zaragoza
Page 501 - ... of his actions. He maintained the right with a vehemence bordering upon fierceness, and every important transaction in which he was engaged increased his reputation for talent, and confirmed his character as a stern enemy to vice, a steadfast friend to merit, a just and faithful servant of his country. The honest loved him, the dishonest feared him; for while he lived he did not shun, but scorned and spurned the base, and, with characteristic propriety, they spurned at him when he was dead.
Page 501 - Opposing sound military views to the foolish projects so insolently thrust upon him by the ambassador, he conducted his long and arduous retreat with sagacity, intelligence, and fortitude ; no insult disturbed, no falsehood deceived him, no remonstrance shook his determination; fortune frowned without subduing his constancy ; death struck, but the spirit of the man remained unbroken when his shattered body scarcely...
Page xx - France shall have disembarked it in the harbours specified, or in any other of the ports of France to which stress of weather may force them, every facility shall be given them to return to England without delay ; and security against capture until their arrival in a friendly port. ART.
Page 38 - ... This universal, and nearly simultaneous effort of the Spanish people was beheld by the rest of Europe with astonishment and admiration ; astonishment at the energy thus suddenly put forth by a nation hitherto deemed unnerved and debased ; admiration at the devoted courage of an act, which, seen at a distance and its odious parts unknown, appeared with all the ideal beauty of Numantian patriotism. In England the enthusiasm was unbounded ; dazzled at first with the splendour of such an agreeable,...
Page xx - XV. From the date of the ratification of the present convention, all arrears of contributions, requisitions, or claims whatever, of the French government, against...
Page 497 - ... broken, and bared of flesh, and the muscles of the breast torn into long strips, which were interlaced by their recoil from the dragging of the shot. As the soldiers placed him in a blanket his sword got entangled, and the hilt entered the wound. Captain Hardinge, a staff officer, who was near, attempted to take it off, but the dying man stopped him, saying, " It is as " well as it is. I had rather it should go out of the field with "me.
Page 38 - Dilatory and improvident, the individual as well as the mass, all possess an absurd confidence that every thing is practicable which their heated imaginations suggest; once excited, they can see no difficulty in the execution of a project, and the obstacles they encounter are attributed to treachery ; hence the sudden murder of so many virtuous men at the commencement of this commotion.
Page xix - ... may judge it unnecessary to embark. In like manner, all individuals of the army shall be at liberty to dispose of their private property of every description, with full security hereafter for the purchasers.