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

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Richard Phillips, 1809 - 348 pages

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Page 22 - 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!
Page 110 - Upon the left, the enemy at first contented himself with an attack upon our picquets, which, however, in general maintained their ground. Finding, however, his efforts unavailing on the right and centre, he seemed determined to render the attack upon the left more serious: and had succeeded in obtaining possession of the' village through which the great road to Madrid passes, and which was situated in front of that part of the line. From this post, however, he was soon expelled with...
Page 290 - ... 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.
Page 50 - 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.
Page 113 - Slade during the action, for a zealous offer of his personal services, although the cavalry were embarked. 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 107 - I therefore expected to be attacked on the morning of the 8th. It was my wish to come to that issue ; I had perfect confidence in the valour of the troops, and it was only by crippling the enemy that we could hope either to retreat or embark unmolested.
Page 35 - ... observe, that although we had such a superiority of numbers employed in the operations of this day, the troops actually engaged in the heat of the action were, from unavoidable circumstances, only the 5th, 9th, 29th...
Page 290 - Salamanca which he did not foresee, and was not prepared for; and as far as he is a judge, they have answered the purposes for which they were intended. 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...
Page 43 - Majesty's troops have been conspicuous upon this occasion, as you, who witnessed the greatest part of the action, must have observed ; but it is a justice to the following corps to draw your notice to them in a particular manner : viz...
Page 110 - 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 had brought up fresh troops in support of those originally engaged.

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