Posted by Captain Everett on February 10, 1998 at 22:07:09:
In response to Battles, written by Woodhouse on February 10, 1998 at 18:20:49
] There wasn't much, as the Campaign went....
The Peninsular Wars are not my strong point, however, here's what a quick check brought up. Technically, the actions at Rolica and Vimeiro, along with the skirmish at Obidos (the day before Rolica) were prior to the "retreat" which was ordered about Dec. 24, 1808.
The British army left Sahagum on Dec. 25 in two columns, both headed for Astorga. One under Gen. Baird headed west. The other (Generals Hope, Fraser and Paget) went SW to Casta Gonzalo where an small engagement occured (Dec 28-29). After meeting at Astorga the Army split again. The Light Brigade headed for Vigo (arriving Jan. 12). The main body went to Corruna. On the way battles were fought at Villafranca (Jan. 1-2)and Lugo Jan. 6-7), before arriving at Corunna (Jan. 11), and the battle on the 16th. [Taken from Christopher Hibbert's Corunna (Pan Books)]
I find the most interesting part of the retreat, is less the major battles, as the almost continual rear-guard action, and the struggle to keep the Army from completely disintigrating under immense hardships. There are several accounts by participants which can provide a wealth of detail.
Sounds like an interesting project,
I remain, etc.,
- Thanks for the info.I also need a little more . Mary Collette 13:29:39 2/12/98 (1)
- Surrender of Detroit Captain Everett 20:41:11 2/12/98 (0)
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