History of the War in the Peninsula, and in the South of France; From the Year 1807 to the Year 1814 Volume 6

History of the War in the Peninsula, and in the South of France; From the Year 1807 to the Year 1814 Volume 6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ... also to lord Castlereagh, to whom I had imparted it in one of my late letters.' 3. Colonel Sorrel corrects me for saying sir D. Baird retreated to Villa Franca without orders; and that stores were destroyed at Astorga. I admit the first to be an error. Nevertheless, a retrograde movement without orders from sir J. Moore was commenced. Craufurd's brigade had passed Astorga before the retreat was countermanded; and I can assure colonel Sorrel, I did myself walk ankle-deep in spirits poured into the streets. 4. It is hinted I should not have censured sir D. Baird for sending an important despatch by a private dragoon, who got drunk and lost it. 'It is doubtful also, ' colonel Sorrel complains, 'whether the expression, 'blameable irregularity is applied to the inattention of the general, or the drunkenness of the dragoon. ' He intimates also that to say sir J. Moore personally directed the movements of sir D. Baird's division in the battle, is derogatory of the latter's reputation. I cannot admit this. A general-in-chief must be somewhere; where he is he must direct. But touching the matter of the dragoon, I imputed 'blameable irregularity1 to the general; and justify it by the following statement of sir J. Moore's aide-de-camp who carried the despatch. 'On the night that the rear of the army passed through Villa Franca, and halted at a small village about two leagues and a half from that town, sir J. Moore sent captain George Napier, one of his aides-de-camp, about two o'clock in the morning, with despatches for sir D. Baird, enclosing orders to lieutenant-generals Hope and Fraser, the nature of which orders was to prevent lieut.-general Fraser's division proceeding on the road towards Vigo, and to make them halt at Lugo, as sir J. Moore had, owing..show more

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  • Paperback | 174 pages
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  • English
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  • 1236581334
  • 9781236581334