Memoirs and Correspondence of Field-Marshal Viscount Combermere, G. C. B, Etc, from His Family Papers

 
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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. 1866 Excerpt: ...retire by the road between Dois Casas river COLONEL ELLEY'S JOURNAL. 195 and the Turon river, unless expressly ordered at the time to follow some other line of retreat. "Believe me, ever faithfully yours, "Geo. Murray, "Qr.-Mr.-Genl."Lieut.-Gen. Sir Stapletou Cotton, Bart., &o." On the 3rd, 4th, and 5th of May took place the battle of Fuentes d'Onor. Sir Stapleton was not called upon to play an important part in the affair, owing to the numerical inferiority of our cavalry to that of the French. Still that arm was partially engaged. The insertion here, therefore, of an extract from the private journal of Colonel Elley, AdjutantGeneral of Cavalry, may not be considered out of place:--"Friday, 3rd May.--This morning was ushered in by an early movement of the enemy, commencing evidently by a ruse. Drumming was heard unceasingly on our left, to imply the movement of a considerable force towards Alameida and Barkilla; whereas the great force of the enemy remained in the vicinity of Especa. About eight or nine A.m. a prodigious force of cavalry appeared at the corner of the wood, leading from Especa by the road from thence, to Fontes d'Onoro, which obliged us to fall back gradually to the left of the rivulet which divides the plain, running from S. to N. The enemy's cavalry remained on the opposite bank, and upon our rear guard opened 196 COLONEL ELLEY'S JOURNAL. a cannonade which lost us a horse, killed by reason of the reserve to our skirmishers being improperly placed. The cavalry and light division retired to the high ground between Fontes d'Onoro and Villa Formosa, leaving picquets only on the plain on the right bank of the Dos Casas. About noon the enemy advanced, our picquets retired, and were pressed at the head of the de...

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