A Memoir Of Charles Mordaunt, Earl Of Peterborough And Monmouth Volume 1

Paperback | February 9, 2012

byGeorge Warburton

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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.1853 Excerpt: ... DANGER OF HIS POSITION. 255 visions, stores of all kinds, were deficient, and there were none within reach. When his need was greatest, the joyful intelligence was brought to him that sixteen brass 24 pounder-guns with a quantity of ammunition and stores had just been shipped on board a Genoese vessel, to arm the force of Las Torres for the siege of Valencia. This was an opportunity after his own heart; to turn the guns meant for his destruction into his defence was his instant determination. The design was, however, most difficult of execution; it might perhaps have appeared impossible to any one else. From the hills near the town Las Torres threatened Peterborough with nearly 7000 men. 4000 Castilians were hastening to their support by the way of Fuente de la Higuera; while at Madrid, within an easy distance, lay the overwhelming forces of the main army under Marshal Tesse. At first the Court of Philip designed to throw the Marshal with his whole weight upon Valencia, and crush at once the feeble British force, but in an evil hour for them they afterwards directed him instead upon the disastrous expedition against Barcelona. Peterborough's first step was to send a detachment with all secresy and dispatch to intercept the convoy of guns and stores which had just now been landed. This required no little address in the face of an enemy vastly superior in all arms, but especially in cavalry. His skill and good fortune did not forsake him, and in a short time his detachment returned bringing with them Bvery gun, and all the supplies which were intended for Las Torres. The next achievement was even more dangerous and difficult. Well aware that he could not hope to resist the combined strength of the Castilians and Las Torres, should they succeed in forming a ju...

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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.1853 Excerpt: ... DANGER OF HIS POSITION. 255 visions, stores of all kinds, were deficient, and there were none within reach. When his need was gr...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:46 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217665713

ISBN - 13:9780217665711

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