Sir John Moore’s Peninsular Campaign 1808–1809 by D.W. Davies

By D.W. Davies

This publication is an try and current the manager occasions within the final crusade of Sir John Moore. adequate of Sir John Moore's existence, and of existence in England, France, and Spain to give an explanation for these occasions has been integrated. in different cases, might be very important situations, debts of occasions as given right here range from what could be came upon in different places. In such circumstances the records upon which the current narrative is predicated were indicated. The checklist of these to whom i'm indebted is an extended one. the workers of the general public checklist workplace were unfailingly necessary, friendly, and ef­ ficient at the many events while i've got used the list workplace. The Librarian and employees of the nationwide Library of Scotland have been so much support­ ful while the author consulted the papers of Sir George Murray and the manuscripts of Thomas Graham, Lord Lynedoch, in that Library. an extremely relaxing celebration was once the time spent within the Scottish United companies Museum operating with the Sir David Baird papers. i'm a lot indebted to The Honourable the Marquess of Anglesey for permission to refer to the Paget papers within the Library at Plas-Newydd. The Libra­ rian and the Keeper of Manuscripts of the loo Rylands Library were such a lot sort and beneficiant in making to be had the papers of Sir Henry Clinton. As regularly, Mr.

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M. Blood ran from that time well into the next day. The Spanish were tied together in pairs and shot at the Puerta del Sol, in the Retiro, on the Prado, and in other places. All night long the stillness was broken by the volleys of the firing squads. Goya was then in Madrid and the painting "Dos de Mayo" is known to millions of people. News of the events in Madrid spread like wildfire to the provinces. Spain flamed into revolution. Provisional juntas took over the government in the provinces. The apprehensions of Napoleon had been justified.

There he was to decide if his corps was sufficiently strong to defeat Junot, or if, reinforced by Brent Spencer's corps from southern Spain, he could defeat the French, or if he should wait for reinforcements then preparing in England, and then strike at the enemy. 11 11 Castleereagh to Wellesley, 2I June I808. J. • (London, I837) IV, 17. THE REVOLT OF THE SPANISH 33 Although Government, since there was no opportunity in Spain, had decided on a campaign in Portugal, it was evident from the beginning it could only be an isolated operation, far from the main field of conflict.

Allowing that the urgency of the occasion might justify the risk of employing a small force rather than making any attempt, will you persist in running that hazard now that you have ample means to insure the great object of 21 T. Graham to Lord Mulgrave, IS July 1808. NLS. Lynedoch papers, Ms. 3605, f. 37. THE REVOLT OF THE SPANISH 37 first success? " 22 The night the transports anchored, an order was received for the convoy to go around to Portsmouth, and for General Moore to go to London. Moore arrived in town on Sunday, when, although no official calls might be made, a good deal of gossip might be exchanged.

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