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 - Peninsular War, 1807-1814 - 324 pages
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Page 230 - 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 is paying the best tribute to his fame, by thus holding him forth as an example to the...
Page 233 - 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 bad brought up fresh troops in support of those originally engaged.
Page 236 - The army, which had entered Spain amidst the fairest prospects, had no sooner completed its junction, than owing to the multiplied disasters that dispersed the native armies around us, it was left to its own resources.
Page 81 - 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.
Page 215 - 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 flanking fire,...
Page 3 - John was directed to send forward the cavalry by land ; but it was left to his discretion whether to march the infantry by land also, or...
Page 97 - Madrid, and to have shared the fortunes of the Spanish nation. If I could not have sustained myself there, I thought, by placing myself behind the Tagus, I might give the broken armies, and the people of Spain, if they had patriotism left, an opportunity to assemble round me, and to march to the relief of the capital. That this was my intention, is known to the officers with me, who are in my confidence ; it is known also to lord Castlereagh, to whom I had imparted it in one of my late letters.
Page 70 - Tagus, where orders shall be waiting you. Write immediately to England, and give notice of what we are doing, and beg that transports may be sent to Lisbon ; they will be wanted, for when the French have Spain, Portugal cannot be defended.
Page 187 - Thus, baggage, ammunition, stores, and even money, were frequently obliged to be destroyed, to prevent them falling into the hands of the enemy ; and the weak, the sick, and the wounded, were necessarily left behind...
Page 87 - of troops, the enemy's army, which has pre' sented itself, is not to be feared. . But the ' Junta, still apprehending an increase of ' the enemy's force to unite with that at ' hand, hope that your Excellency, if no force ' is immediately opposed to you, will be able ' to fall back to unite with our army, or take ' the direction to fall on the rear of the ' enemy. And the Junta cannot doubt that ' the rapidity of your Excellency's move' ments will be such as the interests of both

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