The Public Characters of Europe (by F. Gibbon)

The Public Characters of Europe (by F. Gibbon)

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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. 1816* edition. Excerpt: ...armies. The British cavalry observed the plain in the rear of its left. The Sierra de Busaco is a high, ridge extending from the Mondego in a northerly direction: at the highest point of the ridge, about two miles from its termination, is the convent and garden of Busaco. The Sierra de Busaco is connected by a mountainous tract of country with the Sierra de Caramula; and nearly in a line with the Sierra de Busaco is another ridge of the same description, called the Sierra de Murcella. All the roads to Coimbra, from the eastward, lead over one or other of these Sierras: they are very difficult for the passage of an army, the approach to the top of each of the ridges on both sides being mountainous. Marshal Massena, who was ignorant, perhaps, of the strength of the allies, and probably did not expect to find them there, made a bold attempt to carry their position. On the morning of the 27th of September, at dawn of day, the enemy made two desperate attacks upon the right and centre of the allied army. The French column on the right moved up the hill, receiving the fire of the light troops with great intrepidity, and had gained the summit, when it was charged, whilst deploying into line, by Colonel Mackinnon's brigade, the 45th and 88th regi-ments, and the 9th Portuguese, directed by Major-General Picton, supported on the eight by part of General Leith's corps, and on the left by Major-General Lightburne's brigade, and the Guards, which had moved to the right on the first indication of the enemy's intention. The.-enemy, foiled in this attack, made another more to the right, where he was again Tepulsed at the point of the bayonet. This second attack was supported by some heavy artillery; but an ammunition tumbril having blown up, the French ceased...show more

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  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 395g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236523210
  • 9781236523211