A History of the Campaigns of the British Forces in Spain and Portugal: Undertaken to Relieve Those Countries from the French Usurpation, Volume 3

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T. Goddard, 1812 - Great Britain

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Page 477 - ... arduous retreat, with, consummate firmness, he has terminated a career of distinguished honour by a death that has given the enemy additional reason to respect the name of a British soldier.
Page 366 - situation in which they may be placed. It is by the display of such " qualities alone, that the army can expect to deserve the name of " Soldiers ; that they can be able to withstand the forces opposed to " them, or to fulfil the expectations of their Country.
Page 345 - I wish it to be apparent to the whole world, as it is to every individual of the army, that we have done every thing in our power in support of the Spanish cause, and that we do not abandon it until long after the Spaniards had abandoned us.
Page 476 - The greater part of the fleet having gone to sea yesterday evening, the whole being under weigh, and the corps in the embarkation necessarily much mixed on board, it is impossible at present to lay before you a return of our casualties.
Page 440 - Moore, at an early period obtained, with general approbation, that conspicuous station in which he gloriously terminated his useful and honourable life. In a military character, obtained amidst the dangers of climate, the privations incident to service, and the sufferings of repeated wounds, it is difficult to select any one point as a preferable subject for praise ; it exhibits, however, one feature so particularly characteristic of the man, and so important to the best interests of the service,...
Page 472 - ... 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 The whole of the artillery that remained unembarked, having been withdrawn, the troops followed in the order prescribed, and marched to their respective points of embarkation in the town and neighbourhood of Corunna.
Page 165 - Portugal. In the latter case, I fall back upon my resources, upon Lisbon ; cover a country where there is a British interest ; act as a diversion in favour of Spain, if the French detach a force against me ; and am ready to return to the assistance of the Spaniards, should circumstances again render it eligible.
Page 475 - British troops was never more conspicuous, arid 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, and Manningham and Leith ; and the brigade of guards under major-general...
Page 385 - There is no means of carriage : the people run away, the villages are deserted ; and I have been obliged to destroy great part of the ammunition and military stores. For the same reason I am obliged to leave the sick. In short, my sole object is to save the Army. We must all make forced marches to the coast, from the scarcity of provisions, and to be before the Enemy ; who, by roads upon our flanks, may otherwise intercept us...
Page 366 - When it is proper to fight a battle he will do it ; and he will " choose the time and place he thinks most fit : in the...

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