Memoirs and correspondence of Field-Marshal Viscount Combermere, G. C. B., etc., from his family papers Volume 1

9781150029059: Memoirs and correspondence of Field-Marshal Viscount Combermere, G. C. B., etc., from his family papers 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. 1866 edition. Excerpt: ...distinct bodies. The one is under the command of Count Penne Villemur, and belongs to the army of General Castanos, who allows this body to act for the present in connexion with our cavalry. "The other body of Spanish cavalry, commanded by Brigadier-General Lago, belongs to the army of General Blake, who has not placed it in connexion with us. "You will observe, therefore, that even the first-mentioned body is not placed in a formal manner under the orders of the senior general officer of the British cavalry, although there is no doubt that Count Penne Villemur will act on all occasions of importance in the same manner as if that were the case, and that in regard to the cavalry of General Blake's army, as mutual communication and co-operation is (strictly speaking) all that can be required, Brigadier-General Lago will no doubt see the propriety of carrying this understanding as far as TO SIR STAPLETON COTTON. 201 possible, but he will not expect to receive any direct order from the General commanding the British cavalry. " I think you will understand this from Lord Wellington's memorandum of the 29th of May, and my letter of the 2nd instant, addressed to Sir William Erskine, but I have thought it as well to state the matter, as I have done above, to guard against any misunderstanding arising. " In regard to the latter portion, it will be better (as I have mentioned in a former letter) that you should station one at Talavera la Heal. " You mention a letter party being at Solano, which has to go all the way to the camp before Badajos, but you will perceive that I understood Corte de Pelias to be the intermediate station between Almendralejo and the camp before Badajos in that line. " As my letters frequently remain some time at the post-office, I...

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