The Life of Duke of Wellington Volume 1

The Life of Duke of Wellington Volume 1

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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. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ... Shortly after Soult withdrew, it became evident that the business of the day was coming on. The tirailleurs, In great numbers, elosed in upon our defences, but not without opposition on our part; for our Light Bobs, of which the 71st was wholly composed, kept up a spirited exchange of shots with them whenever they could do so with advantage, and no little gallantry and tact were displayed on either side. "The grand attack was made in the afternoon, shortly after Marshal Soult's reconnaissance. The skirmishers, in great foree, advanced nearly np to the walls, and obliged us to withdraw our men from the ditches to more sheltered situations. About the same time, from sixteen to twenty pieces of artillery and howitzers were brought forward by the enemy, and posted on some rising ground a little in advance of the spot where Soult made his reconnaissance, and commenced battering the walls of the castle and town. Every shot told, except such as passed over altogether and fell in the river, and a number of the houses in the town were set on firo by their shells, or partially demolished by their shot. Our reply was only by muskctry; and though the practice was sufficiently brisk, it was not very effective. Our chief dependence, own words, "to try the issue of a general action," on ground of his own selection. A presentiment possessed the British that the Arapiles were not destined to witness their defeat, and, in one sense, this belief was justified. Whether Marshal Soult was oppressed by a superstitious dread of the ground on which his predecessor had been discomfited, or that he felt it hazardous at that moment to cany the war anew into Portugal (although he ardently wished to do so ultimately, and recommended the project to King Joseph, more

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  • Paperback | 162 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 299g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236498372
  • 9781236498373