A Reply to Various Opponents: Particularly to "Strictures on Colonel Napier's History of the War in the Peninsula" ; Together with Observations Illustrating Sir John Moore's Campaigns

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T. & W. Boone, 1832 - Peninsular War, 1807-1814 - 57 pages
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Page 35 - ... which and Alariz we made some prisoners. I have previously communicated to all the juntas and generals in Gallicia, the probability that the remnant of this army, amounting only to about 8000 or 10,000 men, without any cannon or ammunition, and in every respect in the most wretched condition, flying from our troops, would retire into that country, in order that they might be prepared in the best manner to receive them ; and I entertain no doubt that the consequences of the capture of Lugo, and...
Page 50 - The royal road from Coruna to this place and Astorga is remarkably good, although mountainous, and with the sea open to us we should be able to receive, with facility , such reinforcements and supplies as the British government might deem it proper to send. The country abounds in cattle . bread, indeed, would be required, but flour might be obtained » from England, and in the meantime Gallicia would have an opportunity of arming under our protection, and our presence in Spain would furnish a rallying...
Page 34 - Shakspeare that stood over the fireplace, grazed out of the window at a right angle, and wounded the postman, who was just coming to the door with a double letter from Northamptonshire. Sir Ben. My (uncle's account is more circumstantial, I confess ; but I believe mine is the true one, for all that.
Page 4 - Castanos' defeat, much as I think it would have been risking it, yet it was my intention to have marched on 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...
Page 43 - Spain, and we must be at hand to aid and take advantage of whatever happens. — The wishes of our country, and our. duty demand this of us, with whatever risk it may be attended. — I mean to proceed bridle in hand, for if the bubble bursts, and Madrid falls, we shall have a run for it.
Page 28 - Now the following is an extract from a memoir upon the defence of Portugal, addressed to admiral Berkeley by lord Wellington, 26th October, 1809. " From what I have above stated, you will observe that in the event of an attack being made within the months of June and November, when the Tagus is fordable, the operations of the' army would be carried on in a part of the country which would be cut off from Peniche,
Page 1 - NAPIER'S JUSTIFICATION OF HIS THIRD VOLUME, forming a Sequel to his Reply to various Opponents, and containing some new and curious facts relative to the BATTLE OF ALBUERA.
Page 43 - Madrid still holds out, and I have some reason to believe that some efforts are making to collect a force at Toledo, and a still larger one on the other side of the Sierra Morena. As long as there is a chance we must not abandon this country.
Page 44 - Annals," again, maintain», and with great shew of reason, that, had the information of the General, with regard to the country traversed by his army, been more accurate and extensive, he would have known that there was no road leading to Betanzos and Corunna, by which the enemy could, at any season, have advanced with rapidity sufficient to have endangered his communications.
Page 52 - It is morally impossible that they can stand before a line of French infantry. A portion, of at least one-third, of the Spanish muskets will not explode : and a French soldier will load and fire his piece with precision three times before a Spaniard can fire twice.

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