Journal of a regimental officer during the recent campaign in Portugal and Spain under Lord Viscount Wellington (Google eBook)

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Printed for J. Johnson, 1810 - Peninsular War, 1807-1814 - 137 pages
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Page 98 - The reserve was placed in a third line, behind Sebastiani's corps. From the moment this general attack commenced, the firing of musketry was heard on all sides, like the roll of a drum, with scarcely a moment's interruption during the remainder of the day, and the deeper sound of a heavy cannonade rising above it like thunder. The operations of the French were deranged by a blunder of...
Page 56 - The squadron consisted of scarcely forty file; of the fifty-two men, who composed the troop in front, ten were killed, eleven severely wounded, besides others slightly, and six taken ; three of the four officers were wounded. The French relied on the strength of their position ; but when they perceived...
Page 56 - On the left there were numbers of the French posted in a line, their pieces resting on the wall, ready to give the assailants a running fire as they passed by them, close to the muzzles of the musket, and barely out of the reach of a sabre stroke. In a few seconds the ground was covered with men and horses. The squadron consisted of scarcely...
Page 55 - French, drawn up in close column, with bayonets ready to receive them in front. On each flank of the road was a stone wall, with trees growing on the outside, and other walls projecting in various directions, so as ' to give every advantage to the enemy. On the left there were numbers of the French posted in a line, their pieces resting on the wall, ready to give the assailants a running fire as they passed by them, close to the muzzles of the musket, and barely out of the reach of a sabre stroke.
Page 56 - This could not but be effectual, as our left men by threes were nearly close to the muzzles of the muskets, and barely out of the reach of a coup de sabre. In a few seconds, the ground was covered with men and horses : notwithstanding these obstacles, we penetrated the battalion opposed to us ; the men of which, relying on their bayonets, did not give way till we were nearly close upon it, when they fled in great confusion. For some time this contest was kept up, hand to hand ; and, for the time...
Page 55 - After this, going almost at full speed, enveloped in a cloud of dust, for nearly two miles, we cleared our infantry, and that of the French appeared. A strong body was drawn up in close column with bayonets ready to receive us in front. On each flank of the road was a stone wall, bordered outwardly by trees, with other walls projecting in various directions, so as to give every advantage to the operations of the infantry, and to screen those by whom we were annoyed.
Page 57 - I had to scramble my way on foot, amidst the killed and wounded among whom the enemy, from the side walls, were continually firing and thus effected my escape from this agreeable situation. On the approach of our infantry, the French brigade was compelled to retire.
Page 114 - The hip bone, which a rifle-ball had gone through and shattered, and the muscles of my back, where it was then lodged, were bumped with the greatest violence against the hard sides of the carriage...
Page 139 - Edition of A NARRATIVE of the CAMPAIGN of the BRITISH ARMY in SPAIN and PORTUGAL under the Command of his Excellency LieutenantGeneral SIR JOHN MOORE, KB, &c.
Page 49 - ... formed in line ; the French had a pine wood in their rear. The attempt at surprising them entirely failed, but the superiority of the British cavalry was- once more proved. The enemy were beaten out of the field, and two regiments of Portugueze infantry drove them gallantly through the pine wood ; after this they had to pass a deep and difficult ravine, which they were so long in getting through, that our artillery arrived in time to play upon their rear-guard. They lost their cannon, and the...

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