Annals of the Peninsular campaigns, by the author of Cyril Thornton

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Page 52 - ... by promises of good treatment to remain, they were plundered, and .many of their houses destroyed on the night the enemy withdrew from their position; and they have since burnt every town and village through which they have passed.
Page 45 - Although the operations of this day were, by unavoidable accidents, not performed in the manner in which I intended they should be, I consider the action that was fought by the Light division, by Colonel Beckwith's brigade principally, with the whole of the 2nd corps, to be one of the most glorious that British troops were ever engaged in.
Page 272 - ... of his company or troop, if it is intended that an army, a British Army in particular, shall be brought into the field of battle in a state of efficiency to meet the enemy on the day of trial.
Page 363 - They were driven back, some of them even across the river, in the most gallant style, by the Spanish troops, whose conduct was equal to that of any troops that I have ever seen engaged ; and the attack having been frequently repeated, was, upon every occasion, defeated with the same gallantry and determination.
Page 372 - ... 5. To revenge this conduct on the peaceable inhabitants of France would be unmanly and unworthy of the nations to whom the Commander of the Forces now addresses himself...
Page 371 - The officers and soldiers of the army must recollect that their nations are at war with France solely because the ruler of the French nation will not allow them to be at peace, and is desirous of forcing them to submit to his yoke...
Page 353 - The column in filing out of the right of the trenches was, as before, exposed to a heavy fire of shells and grape-shot, and a mine was exploded in the left angle of the counterscarp of the horn-work, which did great damage, but did not check the ardor of the troops in advancing to the attack.
Page 245 - Rodrigo ; his line was thus necessarily weakened, and Wellington instantly seized the opportunity to make his attack. The consequence was the total rout of the French, with the loss of fourteen thousand men, killed, wounded, and prisoners. The number of killed and wounded, on the part of the victors, scarcely exceeded five thousand. 10. Naturally expecting that the intelligence of this glorious victory would stimulate the Spaniards to more vigorous exertions ; and relying on the promise of the British...
Page 303 - God of truth, the Father of Jesus Christ, who has made and fashioned me, condescend, through thy benign grace, that the success of the battle of this day may be for me and my army ; for thou knowest, that in truth I have been solely emboldened to undertake it in the support of justice and reason, to reinstate this king upon his throne, who has...
Page 271 - Officers of the army has induced many to consider that the period during which an army is on service is one of relaxation from all rule, instead of being, as it is, the period during which of all others every rule for the regulation and control of the conduct of the soldier, for the inspection and care of his arms, ammunition, accoutrements, necessaries and field equipments, and his horse and horse appointments; for the receipt and issue and care of his provisions; and the regulation of all that...

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