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which he supported the attack, and established his troops in that important post.
“ Lieutenant-General Leith's arrangements for the false attack upon the Pardeleras, and that under Major-General Walker, were likewise most judicions, avd he availed himself of the circumstances of the moment, to push forward and support the attack under Major-General Walker, in a manner highly creditable to him. The gallantry and conduct of Major-General Walker, who was also wounded, and that of the officers and troops under his command, were highly conspicuous.
“ The arrangements made by Major-General Colville, for the attack by the 4th division, were very judicious, and he led them to the attack in the most gallant manner.
“ In consequence of the absence, on account of sickness, of Major-General Vandeleur and Colonel Beckwith, LieutenantColonel Barnard commanded the light division in the assault, and distinguished himself, not less by the manner in which he made the arrangements for that operation, than by his personal gallantry in its execution.
“I have also to mention Major-General Hervey, of the Portuguese service, commanding a brigade in the 4th division, and Brigadier-General Champlemonde, commanding the Portuguese brigade, in the 3d division, as highly distinguished; Brigadier-General Hervey was wounded in the storm.
“ Your Lordship will see, in the list of killed and wounded, a list of the commanding officers of regiments. In LieutenantColonel Charles M‘Leod, of the 43d regiment, who was killed in the breach, his Majesty has sustained the loss of an officer who was an ornament to his profession, and was capable of rendering the most important services to his country. I must likewise mention Lieutenant-Colonel Gibbs, of the 57th regiment, who was wounded, and Major Peter O'Hare, of the 95th, unfortunately killed in the breach ; Lieutenant-Colonel Elder of the 3d, and Major Alegeo of the 1st caçadores ; Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Alexander Harcourt, of the 40th, likewise wounded, was highly distinguished; and Lieutenant-Colonel Blakeney, of the Royal Fusileers, Knight of the 27th, Erskine of the 48th, and Captain John Thomas Leaky, who commanded the 23d regi
ment, Lieutenant-Colonel Henry William Ellis liaving been wounded during the previous operations of the siege.
“ In the 5th division I must mention Major Hill, of the 8th caçadores, who directed the false attack upon the fort Pardele
It was impossible for any men to behave better than these did. I must likewise mention Lieutenant-Colonel Brook, of the 4th regiment, the Honorable Lieutenant-Colonel Carlton, of the 44th, and Lieutenant-Colonel George Grey, of the 30th, who was unfortunately killed. The 2d battalion of the 38th, under Lieutenant-Colonel John Nugent, and the 15th Portuguese regiment, under Colonel de Regoa, likewise performed their part in a very exemplary manner.
“ The officers and troops in the 3d division have distinguished themselves as usual in these operations. Lieutenant-General Picton has reported to me particularly the conduct of Lieutenant-Colonel William Williams, of the 60th ; Lieutenant-Colonel Ridge, of the 5th, who was unfortunately killed in the assault of the castle ; Lieutenant-Colonel Forbes, of the 45th regiment; Lieutenant-Colonel John Forster Fitzgerald, of the 60th; Lieutenant-Colonels Honorable Robert Le Poer Trench and Russell Manners, of the 74th regiment; Major, Henry William Carr of the 83d, and the Honorable Major Pakenham, Assistant Adjutant-General to the 3d division.
“He has likewise particularly reported the good conduct of Colonel James Campbell, of the 94th, commanding the Honorable Major-General Colville's brigade, during his absence in coinmand of the 4th division, whose conduct I have so frequently had occasion to report to your Lordship. The officers and men of the corps of engineers and artillery were equally distinguished during the operations of the siege, and in its close. Lieutenant-Colonel Fletcher continued to direct the works (notwithstanding that he was wounded in the sortie made by the enemy on the 19th of March), which were carried on by Major Squire and Major Burgoyne, under his directions. The former established the detachments under Major Wilson in the ravelin of St. Roque, on the night of the storm; the latter attended the attack of the 3d division on the castle. I have likewise to re port the good conduct of Major John Thomas Jones, Captain William Nicholas, and Captain John Alexander Williams, of the Royal Engineers.
“Major Dickson conducted the details of the artillery service during this siege, as well as upon former occasions, under the general superiutendance of Lieutenant-Colonel Framingham, who, since the absence of Major-General Borthwick, has commanded the artillery, with this army. I cannot sufficiently applaud the officers and soldiers of the British and Portuguese artillery during this siege, particularly Lieutenant-Colonel Robe, who opened the breaching batteries ; Majors John May and Harcourt Holcombe, Captain Robert Gardiner, and Lieutenant Bouchler, of the Royal Artillery ; Captain De Rettberg, of the King's German Artillery, and Major Tulloh of the Portuguese.
“ Adverting to the extent of the details of the ordnance department during the siege, to the difficulty of the weather, &c. with which Major Dickson had to contend, I must mention him most particularly to your Lordship.
“ The officers of the Adjutant and Quarter-Master-General's departments rendered me every assistance on this occasion, as well as those of my personal Staff; and I have to add, that I have received reports from the General Officers commanding divisions, of the assistance they received from the officers of those departments attached to them, the greater number of whom and of their personal Staff, are wounded.
“ In a former dispatch I reported to your Lordship the difficulties with which I had to contend, in consequence of the failure of the civil authorities of the province of Alentejo to perform their duty, and supply the Army with means of transport; these difficulties have continued to exist; but I must also do General Victoria, the Governor of Elvas, the justice to report, that he, and the troops under his command, have made every exertion, and have done every thing in their power to contribute to our success.
“ Marshal Soult left Seville on the 1st instant, with all the troops which he could collect in Andalusia ; and he was in communication with the troops which had retired from Estremadura, under General Drouet, on the 3d, and he arrived at Llerena on the 4th. I had intended to collect the Army in proportion as Marshal Soult should advance ; and I requested Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas Graham to retire gradually, while LieutenantGeneral Sir Rowland Hill should do the same from Don Benito, and the upper parts of the Guadiana.
“ I do not think it certain that Marshal Soult has made any decided movement from Llerena since the 4th, although he has patroled forward with small detachments of cavalry, and the advanced guard of his infantry have been at Usagre.
“None of the Army of Portugal have moved to join him,
“ According to the last reports which I have received to the 4th instant on the frontiers of Castile, it appears that Marshal Marmont had established a body of troops between the Agueda and the Coa, and he had reconnoitred Almeida on the 3d. Brigadier-General Trant's division of militia had arrived on the Coa, and Brigadier-General Wilson's division was following with the cavalry, and Lieutenant-General the Conde d’Amarante was on his march, with a part of the corps under his command, towards the Douro.
“ I have the honor to enclose returns of the killed and wounded from the 1st of March, and in the assault of Badajoz, and a return of the ordnance, small arms, and ammunition found in the place; I will send returns of the provisions in the place by the next dispatch.
“This dispatch will be delivered to your Lordship by my Aid-de-Camp, Captain Canning, whom I beg leave to recommend to your protection. He has likewise the colors of the garrison, and the colors of the Hesse d’Armstadt's regiment, to be laid at the feet of His Royal Highness the Prince Regent. The French battalions in the garrison had no eagles. (Signed)
BATTLE OF SALAMANCA.
“ My Lord,
Flores d'Avila, July 24, 18.12. “My Aid-de-camp, Captain Lord Clinton, will present to your Lordship this account of a victory which the allied troops under my command gained, in a general action, fought bear R. M. Cal.
Salamanca, on the evening of the 22d' instant, which I have been under the necessity of delaying to send till now, having been engaged ever since the action in the pursuit of the enemy's fying troops.
“ In my letter of the 21st I informed your Lordship that both armies were near the Tormes, and the enemy crossed that river with the greatest part of his troops, in the afternoon, by the fords between Alba de Tormes and Huerta, and moved by their left towards the roads leading to Ciudad Rodrigo.
« The allied army, with the exception of the third division, and General D'Urban's cavalry, likewise crossed the Tormes in the evening, by the bridge of Salainanca, and the fords in the neighbourhood ; and I placed the troops in a position, of which the right was upon one of the two heights called Dos Arapiles, and the left on the Tormes, below the ford of Santa Martha.
“ The third division, and Brigadier-General D'Urban's cavalry, were left at Cabrerizes, on the right of the Tormes, as the enemy had still a large corps on the heights above Babilafuente, on the same side of the river; and I considered it not improbable that finding our 'army prepared for them in the morning, on the left of the Tormes, they would alter their plan, and maneuvre by the other bank.
“ In the course of the night of the 21st I received intelligence, of the truth of which I could not doubt, that General Chauvel had arrived at Pollos on the 20th, with the cavalry and horse artillery of the army of the north, to join Marshal Marmont; and I was quite certain that these troops would join him on the 22d or 23d at the latest.
“ During the night of the 21st the enemy had taken possession of the village of Calvarasa de Ariba, and of the height near it called Neustra Senora de la Pena, our cavalry being in possession of Calvarasa de Abaxo; and shortly after day-light detachments from both armies attempted to obtain possessiou of the more distant from our right of the two hills called Dos Arapiles.
“ The enemy, however, succeeded, their detachment being the strongest, and having been concealed in the woods, nearer the hills than we were; by which success they strengthened