Richard Hussey Vivian, First Baron Vivian; A Memoir

Richard Hussey Vivian, First Baron Vivian; A Memoir

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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. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ... brigade left at Urcurray in the rear, whilst Soult, reinforcing D'Erlon, attacked Hill and Beresford in front. It was to prevent this that Hope and Alten pressed the enemy on the left. The Allies were now divided by the Nive; and Soult determined to attack their left on the 10th. In order to do so, he abandoned the heights in Hills front. Wellington directed Hill to occupy these, and at the same time moved the 3rd, 4th, and 7th divisions to the left to oppose Soult, who was then repulsed. On the 11th there was a thick fog, but Soult sent his cavalry over the Nive at Mousseroles, to check the incursions of Hill's horsemen. On the 13th, Soult marched against Hill, and drove the Allied posts from Hasparren. Colonel Napier, in giving an account of this day's proceedings in his history, says: "Colonel Vivian, who commanded there, immediately ordered Major Brotherton to charge with the 14th Dragoons across the bridge; but it was an ill-judged order, and the improbability of succeeding so manifest, that when Brotherton, noted throughout the army for his daring, galloped forward, only two men and one subaltern--Lieutenant Southwell--passed, the narrow bridge with him, and they were all taken. Vivian then, seeing his error, charged with his whole brigade to rescue them, yet in vain; he was forced to fall back upon Urcurray, where Morillo's Spaniards had relieved the British infantry brigade on the 11th. This threatening movement induced General Hill to put the British brigade in march again from Urcurray on the 13th, but he recalled it at sunset, having then discovered Soult's columns passing the Nive by the boat bridge above Bayonne. In the night of the 13th the rain swelled the Nive, and carried away the Allies' means of communication. It was soon...show more

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  • Paperback | 110 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236512189
  • 9781236512185