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the French army assumed by Junot.-Distress of the Zaragozans.
I. CHAPTER IV.
Incapacity of Cuesta.--He is superseded by Eguia.-Position
Recapitulation.-Speech of Napoleon to the Senate.—Prepara-
State of public feeling in England. The French armies rein-
Position of Lord Wellington in Lower Beiria.-Siege of Ciudad
CAMPAIGN OF SIR JOHN MOORE.
On the liberation of Portugal, by the Conven- CHAP. I. tion of Cintra, it was determined by the British
1808. government to despatch an expedition to the
October. north of Spain. Preparations for this purpose were immediately set on foot by Sir Hew Dalrymple, and continued by Sir Harry Burrard, without any considerable progress being made in the equipment of the army for active service. It was not till the sixth of October that Sir
APPOINTMENT OF SIR JOHN MOORE:
CHAP. I. John Moore received official information of his
being appointed to command the troops des1808. October.
tined for this service. The despatch stated, that the officer commanding the forces of his Majesty in Portugal, was directed to detach a corps of twenty thousand infantry, with two regiments of German light cavalry, and a suitable body of artillery, to be placed under his orders, and that this force would be joined by a corps of above ten thousand men, then assembling at Falmouth, under command of Sir David Baird.
Sir John Moore was directed to proceed, with the troops under his more immediate command, without any avoidable delay; and was instructed to fix on some place of rendezvous for the whole army, either in Gallicia or on the borders of Leon. The specific plan of operations to be subsequently adopted, he was to concert with the commanders of the Spanish armies.
Sir John Moore had no sooner assumed the command, than be found he had considerable difficulties to overcome. Few effective preparations had been made for the equipment of the troops by his predecessors in command. Magazines were to be formed, and