Sketch of the Disposition of the Allies under the Command of Lieu.t Gen.l Hill, to surprise the Enemy in Arroyo Molinos on the morning of 20th Oct.r 1811.
Engraved map with partial hand colour, rare. Sheet 290 x 200mm (11½ x 8"). Trimmed to image.
A plan of the terrain through which an allied force under General Rowland Hill launched a surprise attack on a French army under General Jean-Baptiste Girard. The French were crushed, with over 1,000 dead or wounded & 1,400 captured out of a force of 6,000, compared with only 80 Allied casualties. The loss of a whole French infantry division and a brigade of cavalry led Napoleon to sack Girard. Hill was made a Knight of the Bath.
From a scrapbook compiled by Rev. Willaim Bradford (1780-1857), Chaplain and war artist during the Peninsula Wars.
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