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o no more.The head of the▓ column was violently thrown back on the re●ar, both flanks were overlappe●d at the same moment by the English wings, then ●terrible discharges at five yards’ distance▓ shattered the waving mass, and ●a long track of broken arms and bleeding▓ carcases marked the line of fight.▓” At this battle were engag


ed the 1st, 5th, ▓9th, 38th, 43rd, 45th, 52nd, 74th▓, 83rd, 88th, and the Rifle Brigade.D●uring the pursuit a



ses th▓e prescience of We


llington in preparing for▓ this emergency.The temporary ●abandonment of Spain was due entirely t


●o one cause, and that he early and ▓fully recognised.“I have no motive,”▓ he write

s, “for withdrawing t●he British army from Spain, whether of a poli▓tical or military nature, excepting that which▓ I have stated to you in conversati▓on—namely, a desire to relie●ve it from the

privations of ▓food which it has suffered since the 22nd of l●ast month; privations which have red●uced its strength, have1

88 destroyed the he●alth of the soldiers, and have rendered t


he arm●y comparatively inefficient.” Writing▓ after the battle of Talavera, on the 31st Ju▓ly,

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he says: “It is positively a fact▓ that during the last seven days the British▓ army

has not received one-thir●d of its provisions, and that at th●is moment there are nearly f●our thousand wounded soldiers dying in hospital ●from want of common assistance and necess▓aries,” and t

his while the Spanish army w●as well fed.In such a case, even an att●empt at embarkation might have bee●n disturbed even mo

re seriously than at Co●runna, unless preparations to meet su

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ch an ●emergency were made, let alone the moral effect ▓of such a withdrawal from the Peninsula.

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He▓nce, long before, the “lines of Torres V●edras” had been begun, and carried o●n

with the greatest secrecy.Massena was▓ not aware, apparently, of thei▓r existence.Those who did know, thought the w▓orks were merely for the protection of● the capital, and to cover th▓e embarkatio

n if decided on.They were rath▓er too extensive for either.They w▓ere in three lines, covering the ●five roads converging o

n Lisbon; the outer li●ne was twenty miles from Lisbon, and t

n, its
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●wenty-nine miles long, extending from the T●agus to the mouth of the Zizambre; the second● lin

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e, eight miles in rear, was twenty-four mi▓les long, equally strongly fortif●ied; the

third line, which was to cover embarkat●ion, enclosed an entrenched camp, with For●t St.Julian, a place of strength.I▓n all there were one hundred and ▓fifty redoubts, and six hundred guns●; and Br

itish marines joined hands with the● army and Portuguese in defence, ▓while British gunboats guarded t●he flanks of the Tor

res Vedras lines.● Behind them, in all, were 130,000 comba

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tant▓s, of whom 70,000 were regulars. Massena m●ade sundry partial efforts ag●ainst the line

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s, and then fell ●back on a fortified position at Sant●arem; while Junot, after captur

ing Badajoz and● besieging Cadiz, had left Victor ▓to continue the siege, and move●d to join his chief; but he was t●urned back by the news that General Graha●m had, by transferring a force from Ca

diz ▓by sea, assailed the French lines a●t Barrosa.The Grenadiers, Scots189 and Coldstr▓eam Guards, and the 28th, 67th, 87t

h,● and Rifle Brigade distingui●shed themselves in the battl

was n
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e, and Sergeant M●asterton, of the 87th, captured the first eagle ▓taken in the Peninsular War.T

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hus to their for▓mer nickname of the “Faugh-a-ballagh,” ▓or “Clear-the-way Boys,”

was possi●bly added that of the “Aiglers.●” The battle had lasted but o●ne and a half hours when the French reti▓red. In the meantime, Massena was st●eadily getting weaker, while his immediate

ad▓versary was getting reinforced; and ●he therefore determined on a retreat,● which was “marked by a barbarity seldo▓m

equalled, and never surpassed.”39 W▓herever they bivouacked,


“the scene wa●s such as might have been looked● for in a camp of predatory Tartars, r▓ather than in that of

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civilised▓ people.Food and forage, and skins of wine, and▓ clothes, and church vestment▓s, books and guitars, and all the bulki●er articl

es of wasteful spoil ●were heaped together in their huts, with th●e planks and doors of the habitations which they▓ had demolished.Some of the men, retaining● amidst this brutal service the characteri

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st●ic activity and cleverness of their na▓tion, fitted up their tents with h▓angings from their last scene of● pillage, with a regard to c

omfort hardly to ▓have been expected in their situation, and a lo▓ve of gaiety only to be found ●in Frenchmen.” It was not fo▓r four days that Wellington was aw●are that the French were retre●ating

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