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Twenty-Five years in the Rifle Brigade.

Author: Quartermaster William Surtees; Pickle Partners Publishing; John Surtees
Publisher: San Francisco : Wagram Press, 2011.
Series: Napoleonic library, 30.
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This ebook is purpose built and is proof-read and re-type set from the original to provide an outstanding experience of reflowing text for an ebook reader. A thoughtful account from the ranks of the Rifle Brigade, by a former enlisted man who raised himself to the rank of quarter-master and served throughout the Peninsular War and the expedition to America which met with a disastrous end at New Orleans. Surtees'  Read more...
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Surtees, Quartermaster William.
Twenty-Five years in the Rifle Brigade.
San Francisco : Wagram Press, ©2011
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Quartermaster William Surtees; Pickle Partners Publishing; John Surtees
ISBN: 9781908692580 1908692588
OCLC Number: 973836265
Notes: Volunteering-Farther Promotion-Embarks for Portugal, with two Companies of the Second Battalion-Debark at Cadiz-Advance to the Ida-The French occupy all the adjacent Towns, except Cadiz and the Isla-Cannonading-Spanish Army-Detachment of the Allied Army sThe Enemy repulsed with great Loss, but, from the apathy and misconduct of General La Pena, and the Spaniards under his command, the French are allowed to retain their Works in the vicinity of Cadiz. CHAPTER VII.
CHAPTER IX.
Description: 1 online resource (254 pages).
Contents: Title page; Preparatory Notice; CHAPTER I.; Birth and Parentage-Enters the Militia-Volunteers into the Line-Join the Army destined for Holland-The Troops embark at Deal --
Land at the Helder-Laxity of discipline-March for Schagen-Detachment under Sir Ralph Abercromby sent to surprise Hoorne-Hoorne surrenders.; CHAPTER II.; The Russian Allies carry Bergen-Allow themselves to be surprised, and the whole Army forced to retire to their former position-Skirmishing in the vicinity of Old Patten-The Russians endeavour to force their way back to Bergen-The Russian and British ForceReturn to England. CHAPTER III. Arrive in England-The Pompadours embark for 1reland-Arrive at Kinsale-Privations in 1reland in 1800-Peace concluded-Our Author resolves to return home, but ultimately volunteers into the Rifle Corps or 95th-Embarks for England, and joins his Regiment at SIs promoted.; CHAPTER IV.; Made Pay-sergeant-Moral Reflections-Wreck of a Dutch East 1ndiaman-Reduced Officers-War with France in 1803-Encampment at Thorncliffe under the command of General Sir John Moore -Encampment broke up, November, 1804-Embark for Germany, October, 1805-VicissThe Rifle Corps, or 94th, land at Yarmouth. CHAPTER IV. Our Author made Quartermaster-Sergeant of the 2d battalion, which he joins at Feversham, Kent-Expedition to Denmark-Embark at Deal-Land at Vedbeck, Zealand-Partial Engagements-Siege of Copenhagen-A Division under Sir Arthur Wellesley advance to Kioge-CopeLand at Deal.; CHAPTER V.; Our Author marries-The Battalion to which he belongs ordered to join the Expedition fitting out for Corunna- Movements of the Army in Spain Return to England.; CHAPTER VI. The 2d Battalion of the Pompadours ordered to proceed to Portugal- Our Author visits England --
Returns to Portugal, and joins his regiment at Rodrigo-The Army move toward, Badajos --
Siege Badajos-Badajos surrenders-Insubordination among the troops -Quelled by the prompt measures of Lord Wellington. CHAPTER VIII.; The army leave Badajos on the 11th of April, and move into quarters near the river Agueda, where they remain till the 11th of June-Advance towards Salamanca, which, with the exception of three forts, the enemy had evacuated-The forts invested-The main bodMovements of the army.
Series Title: Napoleonic library, 30.
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This ebook is purpose built and is proof-read and re-type set from the original to provide an outstanding experience of reflowing text for an ebook reader. A thoughtful account from the ranks of the Rifle Brigade, by a former enlisted man who raised himself to the rank of quarter-master and served throughout the Peninsular War and the expedition to America which met with a disastrous end at New Orleans. Surtees' account of his service with the famed 95th rifles is littered with vivid descriptions of the battles and actions that he was engaged including, the battles of Barossa (perhaps the best first-hand account of the battle in which the British captured the eagle of the 8th de Ligne), Vittoria, Orthez and Toulouse. He was also present at the siege of Badajoz and terrible retreat under Sir John Moore. He also casts a thoughtful eye on the lot of the average ranker in the army, and the severe discipline that they served under; having seen the sack of Badajoz and court-martials he recorded that; "An English army is perhaps, generally speaking, under stricter discipline than any other in the world; but in proportion as they are held tight while they are in hand, if circumstances occur to give them liberty, I know of no army more difficult to restrain when once broke loose." A fine memoir of a hard-campaigning soldier.

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