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

By D.W. Davies

This booklet is an try and current the manager occasions within the final crusade of Sir John Moore. sufficient of Sir John Moore's existence, and of lifestyles in England, France, and Spain to give an explanation for these occasions has been integrated. in numerous circumstances, probably vital cases, debts of occasions as given the following vary from what should be discovered somewhere else. In such situations the records upon which the current narrative is predicated were indicated. The checklist of these to whom i'm indebted is a protracted one. the employees of the general public checklist place of work were unfailingly important, friendly, and ef­ ficient at the many events whilst i've got used the list workplace. The Librarian and employees of the nationwide Library of Scotland have been such a lot support­ ful whilst the author consulted the papers of Sir George Murray and the manuscripts of Thomas Graham, Lord Lynedoch, in that Library. a particularly relaxing social gathering used to be 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 toilet Rylands Library were so much variety and beneficiant in making on hand the papers of Sir Henry Clinton. As continually, Mr.

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When in May revolution spread through the country, the citizens of Seville established a revolutionary junta of government, and General Castanos, upon hearing the news, declared his allegiance to the junta. On the day he did so, Dalrymple at Gibraltar fired a salute to the Spanish army, and acting on his own initiative converted his informal treaty with Castanos into a formal treaty with the Supreme Junta of Government at Seville. As far as he was able, Dalrymple supplied arms and ammunition to the Spanish patriots from the stores at Gibraltar, and he raised a loan of 20,000 pounds among the merchants of Gibraltar for the revolutionary government at Seville.

But the revolts in the provinces of Estremadura, Leon, and Andalusia had opened up a third possibility. The supply lines to Junot's army at Lisbon had been cut. That army was highly vulnerable and on IS June, Castlereagh informed Sir Arthur Wellesley that his force originally intended for South America, then for south Spain, was destined for Portugal. On 31 June, Wellesley received definite instructions - characteristically vague. Unless in the meantime the Galicians suddenly changed their minds, in which case he was to aid them, he was to proceed with his force to the mouth of the Tagus.

L. F. Schaumann, On the Road with Wellington, The Diary 0/ a War Commissary in the Peninsular Campaigns . edited and translated by Anthony M. Ludovici ... (London, Ig24) p. 40. This work was published in America by Alfred A. Knopf, Ig25, with a slight variation in the title. As far as the writer can determine the text and pagination in the British and American editions are identical. , p. 17. 7 Beresford to Cooke, 30 Sept. 1808, from Usbon. Correspondence, Despatches and other papers of Viscount Castlereagh, Second Marquess of Londonderry ...

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