The London Gazette, Jan 24 1809

'Paget, wiY' the Refcrve, which Corps had moved out of its Cantonments to lupport the Right of the Army, hy a vigorous Attack, defeated this Inten­tion. The Major-General, having puihed forward the 95th (Rifle Cotpf.) anl 1.1 Battalion 53d Re­giments, drove the Enemy “before him, and in his rapid and judicious Advance, threatened the Left of the Enemy’s Pofitiou. This Circumtlance, with the Pofiw’on of Lieutenant-General Frafer’s Divilion, (calculated to give iliil further Security to the Right of the LincsJ induced the Enemy to relax hi* Efforts in that Quarter. They were however more forcibly diie&ed toward* 'the .Centre, where they were again fuccefsfiilly re­filled hy the Brigade under Major-General Man- ningham, forming the Left of your Divifion, and -aPart o f that under Major Gwiieral Leith, form­ing lhe Right of the Divifion under my Orders. Upon the Left, the Enemy at firll contented himftlf with an Attad: upon our Piquets, which .however in .general maintained their Ground. Finding however*his Efforts unavailing 011 the Right and Centre, he feemed determined to render the Attac-k upon the Left more ferimis, and had fuc- ceeded in obtaining Poffefiion of the Village through which the great Road to Madrid pafl'es, and which ¦was fi’uatcd in Front ot tfiat Part of the Line. From this loft, however, he was loon expelled, with con-' fiderahle Lofs, by a gallant Attack of fome Com- rpaniee of the 2d Battalion 1,4th Regiment, under Lieutenant-Coloncl Nicholls before Five in the Evening, we had not only fuccefsfiully repelled every Attack made upon the Poiition, bnt had gained Ground in almoil all Points, and occupied a more forward Line, than at the Commencement of the A&ion, whiifl the Enemy confined his Operations to a Cannonade, and the Fire of hi- Light Troop*, with a View to draw off his other Corps. A t Six ¦the Firing entirely ceaftd. The different Brigades were re affembled on the Ground they occupied in the Morning, and the Piquets and Advanced Polls, refumed their original Stations.- NotwithHanding the decided and marked Supe­riority which ar this Moment the Gallantry of the Troops had given them over an Enemy, who from his Numbers and the commanding Advantages of his PofitioH, no doubt exptfled an eafy Viclory, I did not, on reviewing al! Circumllances conceive that I fhould be warranted in departing from what I knew was the fixed and previous Determination of the late Commander of the Forces to withdraw the Army on the Evening of the j 6th, for the Pur- pofe of Embarkation, the previous Arrangements for which had already been made by his Order, and were in faft far advanced at the Commence­ment of the Action. The Troops quitted their Pofition about Ten at Night, with a Degree of Ordtr that did them credit. The whole of the .Artillery that remained unembarked, having been withdrawn, the Troops followed in the Order pre- fcribed, and marched to their refpective Points of Embarkation in the 'Town and Neighbourhoeid of Corunna. The Piquets remained at their Polls •until Five on the Morning of the 17th. when they were alfo withdrawn with fimi!ar Orders, and with­out the Enemy having difcovered the Movement. By the unremitted Exertion of Captains the Honourable H. Curzon, Goffelin, Boys, Rainier, ferret, Hawkins, Digby, Carden, and Mackenzie., of the Reyal Navy, who, in purfunnce of the Orders of Rear Admiral de Cotlrcv, were cntruiled with *the Service of embarking the Army and in con- fequenceof the Arrangements made by Commiffioner Bowen, Captains Bowen and Shepherd, and the other Agents for Tranfports, the Whole of the Army was embarked with an Expedition which has •lfcldom been equalled. With the Exception of the Brigades under Major .Generals Hill and Benesford, which were deftincd to remain onShore, until the Movement* of the Enemy (Uould become manifeft, the whole was afloat before Day-Light. The Brigade of Major-General Beresford, which tras alternately to form our Rear-Guard, occupied the Land Front of the Town ot Corunna j that under Major-Genet:.l Hill was ftntioncd in Refervc on the Promontory in Rear of the Town. The Enemy puftied his Light Troops towards the Town loon after Eight o’Clock in the Morn-« f ing of tire 17th, and *{hortly after occupied the Heights of St.Lucia, which command the Harbour. But not withftanding this Circumflance, and the manifold Defeats of the Place thtre being no Apprchenfion that the Rcar-Guard could be forced, .and the Difpolitioo of the Spaniards appearing to be good, the Embarkation of Major-General Hill’s Brigade w-as commenced and completed by Three in the Afternoon Major-General Beresford, with that Zeal and Ability which is fo well known to ycurfelf and the whole Army, having fully explained, to the Satisfa&ion of the Spanifh Governor, the Nature of our Movement, and having made every previous Arrangement, withdrew hi» Corps from the Land Front of the Town foon after Dark, and was, with all the wounded that had mat been previoufly moved, embarked before One this Morning. Circumftances forbid us to ilidulge the Hope, that the Victory with which it has pleated Provideuce to crown the Efforts of the Army, can be attended with ar.y very brilliant Confequcuces to Great Bri­tain. It is clouded by the L ds of one of her belt .Soldiers. It has been atchieved at the Termination of along and liarafiiiug Service. The fuperior N ’imbers, and advantageous Pofition of the Enemy, not lefs than the aftuai Situation of this Army, did not admit of any Advantage being leaped from Succefs. It mult be however to you, to the Army, and to our Country, the fweeteft Reflection that the Lullre of the Britifli Aroi3 has been main­tained, amidll many difadvautageous Circuraftaiices. The Army which had entered Spain, amidft. the fuircii P.ofpecls, had no foouer competed its Junction, than owing to the multiplied Difatlers that difperied the Native Armies around us, it was left to its own Refources. The Advance of the Britifli Corps from the Duero, afforded tjie bell Hope that the South of Spain might be relieved, j but this generous Effort to fave the unfortunate People, alfo afforded the Enemy the Opportunity of directing every Effort of his numerous Troop#, and-concentrating all his principal Refources for the Deftru&ioa of the only regular Force in the North of Spain. You are well aware with what Diligence this Syllem has been purfued. Thefe Circumftances produced the Neceflity of rapid and harafUng Marches, which had dirtiniflied the Numbers, exhaufted the Strength, and impaired the Equipment of the Army, i^twithftanding all
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