The Dispatches of Field Marshal the Duke of Wellington, K.G.: Peninsula, 1809-1813


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Side 350 - I have the honor to enclose the copy of a letter which I have received from Marshal Sir William Beresford, containing the terms of...
Side 303 - I have to regret the loss of a most able officer. After the crest of the height was carried, one division of the enemy's infantry made a stand against the 4th division, which, after a severe contest, was obliged to give way, in consequence of the enemy having thrown some troops on the left, of the 4th division, after the failure of brigadiergeneral Pack's attack upon the Arapiles, and the honourable lieutenant-general Cole having been wounded.
Side 56 - 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.
Side 512 - It is impossible to represent in adequate terms my sense of the conduct of the guards and German legion upon this occasion; and I am quite satisfied, that if it had been possible to maintain the posts which they had gained with so much gallantry, these troops would have maintained them. Some of the men stormed even the third line, and one was killed in one of the embrasures of that line ; and I had the satisfaction of seeing, that if I could breach the wall of the castle, we should carry the place.
Side 44 - Regiment, to be laid at the feet of His Royal Highness the Prince Regent. The French battalions in the garrison had no eagles.
Side 304 - Serna ; they were immediately attacked by the two brigades of dragoons ; and the cavalry fled, leaving the infantry to their fate. I have never witnessed a more gallant charge than was made on the enemy's infantry by the heavy brigade of the King's German Legion under Major-General Bock, which was completely successful, and the whole body of infantry, consisting of three battalions of the enemy's 1st division were made prisoners.
Side 301 - ... two Arapiles which we possessed, and from thence to attack and break our line ; or, at all events, to render difficult any movement of ours to our right. The extension of his line to his left, however, and its advance upon our right, notwithstanding that his troops still occupied very strong ground, and his position was well defended by cannon, gave me an opportunity of attacking him, for which I had long been anxious.
Side 305 - ... every moment. The number of dead on the field is very large. • " I am informed that Marshal Marmont is badly wounded, and has lost one of his arms ; and that four general officers have been killed, and several wounded. " Such an advantage could not have been acquired without material loss on our side, but it certainly has not been of a magnitude to distress the army, or to cripple its operations.
Side 585 - ... miles twice in each week, if the weather should permit, and the roads in the neighbourhood of the cantonments of the division should be dry. But I repeat that the great object of the attention of the General and Field Officers must be to get the Captains and Subalterns of the regiments to understand and perform the duties required from them, as the only mode by which the discipline and efficiency of the army can be restored and maintained during the next campaign.
Side 354 - M'Donald's troop of horse artillery. The light infantry battalion were not engaged. ' The army moved forward yesterday morning, and its left took possession of the city of Madrid, the King having retired with the army of the Centre by the roads of Toledo and Aranjuez, leaving a garrison in the Retiro. ' It is impossible to describe the joy manifested by the inhabitants of Madrid upon our arrival...

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