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Página 139 - The troops, though not unacquainted with the irreparable loss they had sustained, were not dismayed, but by the most determined bravery not only repelled every attempt of the enemy to gain ground, but actually forced him to retire, although he had brought up fresh troops in support of those originally engaged.
Página 236 - Commander-inChief down to the regimental subaltern, occasionally enjoyed the field-sports of hunting, shooting, and fishing. The men, too, had their pastimes, when not employed on duty. In a word, seldom has an army, occupying ground in the face of its enemy, enjoyed so many hours of relaxation, or contrived to unite so completely the pleasures of country life with the serious business of war. It is probably needless to add, that so great a show of security in their leader had the best possible effect...
Página 304 - The flashes from our guns, answered as they were, promptly, from the artillery in the place - the roar of their' thunder reverberating among the remote mountains of the Sierra de Francisca - these, with the rattle of the balls against the masonry, and the occasional crash, as portions of the wall gave way, proved, altogether, a scene which, to be rightly understood, must be experienced.
Página 211 - ... in breaking it. The hussars rode bravely up to the bayonets, but were repulsed by a volley closely thrown in, which killed or wounded upwards of a dozen men. The remainder wheeled off, and pursuing the French cavalry, made way for a squadron of the 16th. These galloped forward, but also took to the left, and leaving the infantry uninjured, joined in pursuit of the cavalry. When the last charge was made, the French square was without fire, every man having discharged his piece, and none having...
Página 287 - ... several other evolutions with equal precision, the guards piled their arms and prepared to bivouac. Next came another division of infantry in rear of the guards, and then a fresh column of cavalry, till it was computed that the enemy had collected on this single point a force of not less than 25,000 men. Nor did the muster cease to go on as long as daylight lasted. To the very latest moment we could observe men, horses, guns, carriages, tumbrils, and ammunition-waggons flocking into the encampment,...
Página 226 - Milheada road must in the end be attended with success. Strange to say, however, Marshal Massena, an officer whose reputation came second to that of no marshal in the French service, made no effort of the kind ; on the contrary, he led his columns through the passes above described, and up the face of heights approximating very nearly to the perpendicular, and thus devoted them to destruction, from the hands of men posted, as has been already mentioned, on their summits.
Página 217 - English soldiers' aim, and two-thirds of the passage was won ere a shot had brought down an enemy ; yet a few paces onwards the line of death was traced, and the whole of the leading French section fell as one man ! Still the gallant column pressed forward, but no foot could pass that terrible line...
Página 282 - Tamames roads, and were accompanied by a countless number of waggons, cars, and loaded mules. Their progress was slow and apparently cautious ; but towards evening the convoy began to enter the place, under cover of about fifteen squadrons of cavalry, which passed the Agueda, and a large column of infantry, which halted upon the plain. Still no symptoms were manifested of a design to cross the river in force, or to attempt anything further than the object which was thus attained ; for the advanced...
Página 210 - Plaza ; the two of his company who were married men took their wives behind them ; they sallied out, and their leader, in the spirit of Scanderbeg, instead of contenting himself with merely effecting his own retreat, charged a post of cavalry, routed them, and carried away eight prisoners with their horses. The two women were armed with pistols ; and one of them, by name Maria Fraile, saved her husband by shooting a dragoon who was about to attack him on one side...
Página 227 - ... were placed, and at the base of which it became necessary to pause. In imposing appearance as to numerical strength, there has been rarely seen anything comparable to that of the enemy's army from Busaco ; it was not alone an army encamped before us, but a multitude : cavalry, infantry, artillery, cars of the country, horses, tribes of mules with their attendants, sutlers, followers of every description, crowded the moving scene upon which Lord Wellington and his army looked down.

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