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1860 Excerpt: ...and their improved skill in the multifarious
duties connected with its successful prosecution, less gratifying
or less prophetic of a revolution in the contest. Ciudad Rodrigo
had been taken by storm after a siege of twelve days, in the depth
of winter, by an army of forty thousand men; whereas Massena, with
one of eighty thousand, had been detained before its walls six
weeks in the height of summer. The intelligence of this
unlooked-for success, therefore, excited the most enthusiastic joy
in all the Chap. allied capitals. The democrats of Cadiz, already
in secret LXVIIL correspondence with the French, were for the time
over-1812awed; and the English general was created Duke of Ciudad
Rodrigo amidst the unanimous acclamations of the Cortes and
people.1 The Portuguese government forgot its jealousy of English
interference, and conferred, Nap iv upon him the title of Marquis
of Torres Vedras; while jf9?the thanks of the British parliament
were voted to the 6, 67. army; and a pension of 2000 a-year was
settled on the 542TM' vm" earldom of Wellington. Great was the
consternation produced among the French generals by the fall of
Ciudad Rodrigo. Mar-Agitation mont had arrived with the divisions
under his immediate Lng thld orders at Valladolid, to take the
command of the newly "ifis. organised army of Portugal, on the 11th
January, without any suspicion of what was going forward; and it
was not till late in the evening of the 15th that he learned that
the British had crossed the Agueda. Instantly orders were
despatched to the troops in all directions to assemble. Bonnet was
to hasten from the Asturian mountains; Brennier from the valley of
the Tagus; Montbrun from Valencia; Dorsenne to call in all his
detached parties on the banks of the Douro an...
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