By James Archibald Hope
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The paintings now submitted to the general public, includes an account of the Author's Campaigns through the so much memorable interval of the overdue French wars. It pretends to no eminence as a literary composition; however the writer trusts, that it'll no longer be came upon short of in accuracy of aspect, as to proof falling less than his personal observe. He trusts that nobody who opens it in wish of being amused, will close it disillusioned; and he truly hopes that the junior participants of his personal occupation will locate in it anything which can end up helpful to them once they are known as upon to endure hardships—to come across dangers—and to accomplish tasks just like these recorded within the following pages
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3 items of Portuguese artillery occupied the distance among the line and the 92d; and the 82d regiment, from common Barnes' brigade, 7th department, have been published a few mile from the left of the 71st. the second one brigade, moment department, have been encamped within the valley, a bit in entrance of town of Maya, having the thirty fourth regiment complex in the direction of the summit of the heights at the correct of the location, on which that brigade had robust piquets published; and the Spanish basic O'Donnel, the Conde-del-Abisbal, shaped the blockade of Pampluna, with a strength of from ten to 15 thousand Spaniards. a bit after eleven o'clock, A. M. at the twenty fifth of July, the enemy, ascending the heights via a mountainous course which leads from the French village of Espalete to the Spanish village of Maya, attacked our piquets at the correct with nice fury. The latter, at the first visual appeal of the enemy, have been strengthened by means of the sunshine businesses of the second one brigade, and for that reason through the thirty fourth, thirty ninth, fiftieth, and correct wing of the 92d regiment. the 1st attack of our outdated buddy Druet, the count number D'Erlon, used to be sustained by way of the piquets and light-weight troops with a lot spirit, however the overwhelming numbers of the enemy rendered all their efforts to keep their floor unavailing. The thirty fourth regiment being the closest corps to the purpose attacked, have been quickly instantaneous, and tried to arrest the torrent; yet, from an identical reason, have been approximately bring to an end. The fiftieth arrived on the scene of motion at this ticklish period—charged the complex columns of the enemy, and together with the thirty fourth and thirty ninth, which had the fiftieth, gave a short lived cost to their occupation. however the count number D'Erlon, availing himself of his nice numerical superiority, charged those corps in entrance, and indifferent robust columns around their flanks, for you to encompass them. At this serious interval the precise wing of the 92d regiment, approximately four hundred powerful, entered the sphere, and participated within the fray. On their arrival, the Highlanders have been tons blown, having complicated from the move a couple of mile and a-half, at a moved quickly velocity. the location in their pals, besides the fact that, used to be such, that they shaped line on coming in sight of the enemy, and have been ordered ahead through Colonel Cameron, who commanded at the heights on the time, with out a moment's re pose. The enemy perceiving our purpose was once to cost them, halted, and thereby afforded the thirty fourth and fiftieth regiments a chance of retiring, and reforming their ranks. Enraged on the failure of his try and seize these battalions, the French common grew to become his fury opposed to the Highlanders, with an purpose of annihilating them with showers of musketry. They, besides the fact that, not anything intimidated, lower back the fireplace in their competitors with admirable impact. Perceiving that D'Erlon was once appearing carefully. Colonel Cameron withdrew the ideal wing of the 92d, so as to draw the enemy to a section of flooring the place he might cost them. during this he in part succeeded; for the French basic, mistaking our voluntary retreat for a restricted one, driven ahead from 3 to 4 thousand of his troops, who on advancing in the direction of us, made the air ring with their shouts of Vive I'Empereur.