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Page 191 - Enemy had barricadoed it with hides, so as to render it nearly impracticable. The night was extremely dark. The head of the column missed the breach, and when it was approached it was so shut up, that it was mistaken for the untouched wall. In this situation the Troops remained under a heavy fire for a quarter of an hour, when the breach was discerned by Captain Renny of the 40th Light Infantry, who pointed it out, and gloriously fell as he mounted it.
Page 52 - It is to be hoped that the example of what has occurred in this country will teach the people of this and of other nations, what value they ought to place on such promises and assurances, and that there is no security for life, or for any thing which renders life valuable, excepting in decided resistance to the enemy.
Page 334 - Castila after the battle of Albuera, I undertook the siege of Badajoz, entertaining a belief that the means of which I had the command would reduce the place before the end of the second week in June ; at which time I expected that the reinforcements for the Enemy's Southern army detached from Castile would join Marshal Soult.
Page 468 - ... testimony to his services and abilities, in a letter to Lady Myers, written from Elvas, May 20, 1811 : " It will be some satisfaction to you to know that your son fell in the action, in which, if possible the British troops surpassed all their former deeds, and, at the head of the fusileer brigade, to which a great part of the final success of the day was to be attributed. As an officer he had already been highly distinguished, and, if Providence had prolonged his life, he promised to become...
Page 53 - I had been prevented from moving till a late hour in the morning by the fog ; and it was dark by the time we gained possession of the last position of the enemy's advanced guard. ' In the night the enemy destroyed the bridge on the Ceira, and retreated, leaving a small rear guard on the river.
Page 247 - It is impossible by any description to do justice to the distinguished gallantry of the troops, but every individual most nobly did his duty, and which will be well proved by the great loss we have suffered, though repulsing the enemy ; and it was observed that our dead, particularly the 57th regiment, were lying, as they had fought, in ranks, and every wound was in the front.
Page 236 - ... fresh attempt to raise the blockade of Almeida, or is one of decided retreat ; but I have every reason to hope that they will not succeed in the first, and that they will be obliged to have recourse to the last. Their superiority in cavalry is very great, owing to the weak state of our horses, from recent fatigue and scarcity of forage, and the reduction of numbers in the Portuguese brigade of cavalry with this part of the army, in exchange for a British brigade sent into...
Page 160 - ... height, from whence they could protect the howitzer which the 43d had taken ; and they drove back the enemy. ' The enemy were making arrangements to attack them again in this post, and had moved a column on their left, when the light infantry of...
Page 244 - I shall, proceed to relate to your lordship the circumstances. In a former report I have informed your lordship of the advance of marshal Soult from Seville, and I had in consequence judged it wise entirely to raise the siege of Badajoz, and prepare to meet him with our united forces, rather than by looking to two objects at once, to risk the loss of both. Marshal Soult, it appears, had been long straining every nerve to collect a force which he thought fully sufficient to his object for the relief...