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. 1907 Excerpt: ...25, sends me word that Wellesley has arrived with twenty-five thousand English at Talavera de la Keina, and has joined Cuesta. It is very unfortunate that Marshal Soult has manoeuvred so ill as not to have joined the king. I hope that the king, with the garrison of Madrid, the 1st and 4th Corps, forming fifty-five thousand men, will have taken position to prevent the enemy from making enterprises against Madrid, and have had himself joined by Marshal Soult. He would thus have more than one hundred thousand men. It would be a fine occasion to give a lesson to the English and to finish the war." All this is good military sense, but the head was lacking. The armies came in presence July 22, on the Alberche, where Victor, with twenty-three thousand men, was posted, with his left on the Tagus and his right on a wooded hill. Wellesley was anxious to attack July 23, when he and Cuesta could have thrown fifty thousand men upon Victor's small force; but the Spaniard was uncontrollable; and on the morrow, recognizing his danger, Victor had retired towards Toledo. Wellesley remained at Talavera, where he judged the position good: Cuesta followed the French some distance. Sebastiani was ordered on Toledo by the king, who was much alarmed; and this concentration unavoidably opened the road to the capital to Vanegas. To the two French corps Joseph proposed to add the Madrid reserve and the Royal Guard, and attack the allies, leaving Belliard with a very small force in the Retiro to hold the city--which was practically in a volcanic state. In this movement Joseph was much at fault. Soult, Mortier and Ney had fifty thousand JOSEPH AT FAULT. 353 men, and were all marching on Plasencia, that is, towards him. He should have manoeuvred so as to join all his corps, even at...
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