The Life, Military and Civil, of the Duke of Wellington

The Life, Military and Civil, of the Duke of Wellington

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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. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ... with the loss of all his artillery, the greater part of his baggage, and some of his troops. The castle of Zaragoza, invested by Mina, held out until the 2nd of August. The Loss of this place, with the stores and artillery it contained, gave the coup de grace to the combined movement of the two great armies against Lord Wellington. On the 1 st of July the head-quarters of the Allied army were again established near Pampeluna, which it was Lord Wellington's intention to have besieged had he possessed the necessary means and appliances. On that day the strong castle of Pancorbo, between Burgos and Miranda, had surrendered to the Spanish army, the garrison consisting of 700 picked soldiers. The French also evacuated Castro and Gueteria, taking off their garrisons in boats. Thus, in every quarter of the Ebro, the fortified posts were surrendered to the Allies. On the 6th of July, Marshal Sachet broke up from Valencia, and on the 7th, the last division of Joseph's army was driven beyond the Pyrenees. Sir Eowland Hill had followed them the whole way to Pampeluna, and attacked them whenever they halted; whilst Jjord Dalhousie, with the 7th division, had menaced their right. By these vigorous operations, Lord Wellington had become master of the passes of San Estevan, Donna Maria Mayo, and Koncesvalles. In forty-five days from the opening of this campaign, he had led the Allied army from the frontiers of Portugal to the French border; marching 500 miles without, a check. He had defeated the combined forces of the enemy in a general action, taking all their artillery, and had driven them from one strong post to another, till, shorn of his enormous booty, the usurper king was hunted from the soil of Spain. That hour must have been a proud one more

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  • Paperback | 202 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 372g
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  • English
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  • 1236644697
  • 9781236644695