Memoir of the Early Campaigns of the Duke of Wellington in Portugal and Spain

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Page 8 - English advuuccd-guard arrived there, it found in one of the convents the dead bodies of several monks, who had been killed by the French soldiers ; some of whom had dipped their hands in the blood of their unfortunate victims, and had daubed with it the walls of the convent.
Page 176 - ... suddenly an alarm that the enemy was approaching ; the report was soon magnified into his having entered ; and at one burst the whole of the remaining inhabitants ran shrieking from the town. The bridge, which is very long and narrow, was at once choked by the crowds which were pouring upon it; and the unhappy fugitives, who found their flight impeded, threw themselves into the river, and waded through it. The Mondego was fortunately not deep at this time, the dry season had kept it shallow ;...
Page 156 - Colonel Pavetti to put up for the night in the house of the Jues de Fora, and pretended that he would procure provisions for him. Instead, however, of employing himself in that way, he collected the inhabitants, fell upon the French, killed them all, except the colonel, whom he beat most severely, and his servant who stated himself to be a German.
Page 38 - The feeling of the army which had fought the battle of Vimiera, was at this time most hostile to the armistice which had been agreed upon. The expression of a private, in one of the regiments which had most gallantly asserted the superiority of the British arms, deserves to be recorded. Whilst marching in his column to Sobral, he appeared to be looking for something which he had lost; and upon being asked what he was in search of, replied, Ten days, which he believed he should never find again.
Page 229 - ... then came it to pass that the English won so many great battles, having no advantage to help him ? I may, with best commendation of modesty, refer him to the French historian, who, relating the victory of our men at Crevant, where they passed a bridge in face of the enemy, useth these words ' The English comes with a conquering bravery, as he that was accustomed to gain everywhere without any stay: he forceth our guard placed upon the bridge to keep the passage
Page 176 - Lord Wellington evacuated Coimbra on the approach of the enemy, upon the 1st of October ; the town had generally been quitted by the higher classes of inhabitants during the preceding days ; a considerable proportion, however, still remained, hoping that the enemy might yet be prevented from getting possession of it. But about ten o'clock on the morning of the first, there was suddenly an alarm that the enemy was approaching ; the report was soon magnified into his having entered ; and at one burst...
Page 93 - British soldier is capable of effecting, when under the direction of such an officer. The enemy did justice to the talent of Sir A. Wellesley, and to the unrivalled bravery of his troops ; Marshal Victor admitted to an English officer who was taken prisoner, that much as he had heard of the gallantry of English soldiers, still he could not have believed that any men could have been led to attacks so desperate as some that he had witnessed in the battle of Talavera.
Page 59 - British troops had been engaged in the: Peninsula. It would be a melancholy task to canvass it throughout. The last action was worthy of the men who have since delivered Spain from its merciless invaders ; but the movements which preceded it were far from being generally approved. Great difficulties were, indeed, opposed to Sir J. Moore: but it would appear, that, in his own mind, they were too highly rated. He discharged his duty to his country, however, with his utmost zeal He died fighting to...
Page 155 - Portuguese peasantry to the French. Colonel Pavetti, the chief of the gens d'armerie of France, in Spain, had gone to A Imeida with Marshal Massena, when he left his head-quarters at the fort of La Conception, to induce the garrison...
Page 42 - Anjjja ; upon being required to give them up, he answered, that they had been given to him. This having been found to be incorrect, he denied all knowledge of the transaction, and impeached a relation of his who was on board the ship with him, but who immediately proceeded to one of the transports, where he hoped to remain concealed. A threat of preventing the General from sailing, till the pictures were disgorged, soon brought this gentleman back to the frigate, and Captain Percy directed him to...

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