Letters from Portugal and Spain: Comprising an Account of the Operations of the Armies Under Their Excellencies Sir Arthur Wellesley and Sir John Moore, from the Landing of the Troops in Mondego Bay to the Battle at Corunna
Richard Phillips, 1809 - 464 ページ
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able action appears arms army arrived artillery attack bridge brigade Brigadier-General British brought called Captain carry Castanos Castlereagh cavalry circumstances Colonel command communication conduct considerable contains convent corps Corunna covered determined directed division embarkation enemy England English entered expected followed force formed France French French army give Government head heights hill honour hope horses hundred immediately inhabitants land late leave letter Lieutenant-General light Lisbon Lord Madrid Major-General means miles military morning mountains move necessary night officers operations orders passed poor Portugal Portuguese position possession present proceed rank reached received regiment remain respect retreat river road sent side Signed Sir Arthur Sir Hew Dalrymple Sir John Moore situation soon Spain Spaniards Spanish Tagus taken thousand tion town troops village Wellesley whole wish wounded
22 ページ - O woman ! in our hours of ease, Uncertain, coy, and hard to please, And variable as the shade By the light, quivering aspen made ; When pain and anguish wring the brow, A ministering angel thou...
348 ページ - During the season of repose, liis time was devoted to the care and instruction of the 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.
290 ページ - ... he begs the officers and soldiers of the Army to attend diligently to discharge their parts, and to leave to him and to the General Officers the decision of measures which belong to them alone.
50 ページ - 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.
107 ページ - Bays ; but having sent an officer to reconnoitre it, by his report I was determined to prefer this place. I gave notice to the Admiral of my intention, and begged that the transports might be brought to Corunna. Had I found them here on my arrival, on the llth instant, the embarkation would easily have been effected, for I h.ad gained several marches on the French.
107 ページ - I am sorry to say, that the army, whose conduct I had such reason to extol on its march through Portugal, and on its arrival in Spain, has totally changed its character since it began to retreat. I can say nothing in its favour, but that when there was a prospect of fighting the enemy, the men were then orderly, and seemed pleased and determined to do their duty.
112 ページ - British troops was never more conspicuous, and 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 MajorGeneral...
106 ページ - I was sensible, however, that the apathy and indifference of the Spaniards would never have been believed; that had the British been withdrawn, the loss of the cause would have been imputed to their retreat; and it was necessary to risk this army to convince the people of England, aa well as the rest of Europe, that the Spaniards had neither the power nor the inclination to make any efforts for themselves.
110 ページ - 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.