Memoirs of Don Manuel de Godoy; Prince of the Peace, Duke del Alcudia, Count D'Everamonte, &C Volume 1
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. 1836 edition. Excerpt: ...carried the three entrenched camps which defended the approaches to Perpignan: the enemy's artillery, ammunition, and provisions fell into our power. Our troops had accomplished a march of five leagues, in order to reach the ground where they fought for sixteen hours without intermission: having no horses to drag the cannon abandoned by the French, our soldiers cheerfully performed the task, and brought them to the Boulou, a distance of five post-leagues. Ricardos ordered them to halt at this place, and prepare their evening's meal. The intrepidity of our soldiers in this first general engagement spread so much terror at Perpignan, that the batteries of the town fired upon the French troops which were hurrying to seek shelter within its walls. Nearly a thousand national volunteers refused to continue their service during this campaign, and were ignominiously expelled the army by General Deflers. The civil authorities of Perpignan withdrew to Narbonne, carrying away with them the public records: many inhabitants quitted the town, and sought an asylum in the interior of the country. Fresh successes opened to our army the plains of Roussillon as far as the Tet. Seeing the danger which impended over its capital, Deflers attempted to divide our forces by drawing them towards Cerdagne. The fortune of war was, at this point, alternately favourable and adverse to the French and to us; but our progress was not retarded by the advantages obtained by our enemies. All that remained to them in Roussillon were the entrenched camps in front of Perpignan and the position of Peyres Tortes. We stood in need of the latter to enable us to reach Rives-altes, and to rest our left wing upon Estagel. We soon dislodged the French from Aries and Cabestany, but with heavy...
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