A Narrative of the Principal Events of the Campaigns of 1809, 1810, & 1811, in Spain and Portugal. in a Ser. of Letters
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. 1812 edition. Excerpt: ...the wishes and opinion of all around him, and to every principle of prudence or of military tactics, General Ariesaga, in an unhappy moment, blindly resolved to quit the mountains, and descending into the plains to commit himself with new formed levies against the veteran troops of France. The whole South of Spain, by the dispersion of Ariesiigas' army after the unfortunate battle of Ocana, lay open to the incursions of the enemy, and it became no longer necessary or desirable in a military point of view, to retain the British army on the borders of Estramadura. At 8 on the morning of the Sth instant, the guards marched from Ba dajos with a brigade of heavy six-pounders, under the command of Captain Lawson, followed on successive days by the King's German legion and General Cameron's brigade. The preceding day was the festival of the Virgin, which is always kept with much religious pomp and ceremony by the Spaniards. High mass was celebrated in the cathedral, which is of Moorish.architecture, the interior hung entirely with crimson velvet and gold. The ceremony, at all times solemn and impressive, was interrupted by the sudden fainting of one of the officiating canons, a venerable priest, 85 years of age. On being carried into the open air, he recovered.--Several salutes in honor of the saint were fired from the ramparts, and in the evening the principal inhabitants assembled in their best attire on the Almada. At the distance of a league from Badajos; on the road to Elvas, the brigade forded a small river, the Caya, which in its course to the Guadiana, forms the boundary of the two kingdoms, and re-entered Portugal after an absence of five months. A little after mid-day the guards reached Elvas, which at-the time was the principal dep6t of the...
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