The Dispatches of Field Marshal the Duke of Wellington, K. G. During His Various Campaigns in India, Denmark, Portugal, Spain, the Low Countries, and France: Peninsula, 1809-1813
J. Murray, 1838
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Page 44 - I have the honor to enclose the copy of a letter which I have received from...
Page 388 - It would be particularly agreeable to me, if some mark of the favor of His Royal Highness the Prince Regent were conferred upon General Hill ; his services have been always meritorious, and very distinguished in this country, and he is beloved by the whole army. ' At the passage of the Douro, he commanded the detachment which first crossed the river, after General Paget was wounded, which maintained itself against all the efforts of Soult's corps ; and he commanded a division, distinguished himself,...
Page 551 - Vandeleur, and the troops of the light division on the left, were likewise very forward on that side ; and in less than half an hour from the time the attack commenced, our troops were in possession of, and formed on the ramparts of the place, each body contiguous to the other. The enemy then submitted, having sustained a considerable loss in the contest.
Page 600 - Lestrade, and I shall be very much obliged to you if you will let me hear of any fresh, developments of so singular a chain of events.
Page 217 - ... will have the same claim with others of being promoted, more particularly if fortune should favor you by giving you an opportunity of distinguishing yourself. ' Believe me., &c. ' Major Grey:
Page 589 - WELLINGTON. To the Earl of Liverpool, Secretary of State. ' MY LORD, ' Freneda, 19th February, 1812.
Page 307 - Castillejos ; and from this column they detached a division of infantry and 14 squadrons of cavalry to follow our retreat by Albergueria, and another body of the same strength followed us by Forcalhos. The former attacked the piquets of the cavalry at Aldea da Ponte, and drove them in ; and they pushed on nearly as far as Alfayates. I then made General Pakenham attack them with his brigade of the 4th division, supported by Lieut.
Page 246 - ... of the Spaniards in the loss of battles and strong places have increased our difficulties, but still I am not without hopes. We have already, in some degree, altered the nature of the war and of the French military system. They are now in a great measure on the defensive, and are carrying on a war of magazines. They will soon, if they have not already, come upon the resources of France ; and, as soon as that is the case, you may depend upon it the war will not last long.
Page 39 - ... him with me, for he seemed so infirm as to want assistance. I consequently left my cabinet-maker, and took lodgings with this stationer; he and his wife are quiet people, and I hope poor Michael has been happier since he came to me; he has, however, been for some days confined to his bed, and I have been so busy, that I have not been able to stir from home.
Page 550 - In the mean time, the batteries in the first parallel continued their fire ; and yesterday evening their fire had not only considerably injured the defences of the place, but had made breaches in the fausse braye wall, and in the body of the place, which were considered practicable ; while the battery on the slope of...