The Campaign of Waterloo: The Classic Account of Napoleon’s by John Fortescue

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The crusade of Waterloo: The vintage Account of Napoleon’s final Battles

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Change of destination. So far, therefore, it does not appear that Wellington had any just grievance against the original composition of the staff of the army in the Netherlands ; and it may be added that the first new names added to the list by the Duke of York were those of Hill, Colville, Clinton, and Vivian. Passing next to the junior members of the Prince of Orange's staff, two out of five in the Adjutantgeneral's department had served on the staff of the Peninsular Army with distinction from beginning to end ; a third, after brilliant work as a regimental officer, had joined the staff in I 8 I 3 ;a fourth had commanded a battalion under Graham, and the fifth had been a staff-officer in the West Indies.

X. 45, 69. 1 8 1 5. I 5th April ; THE CAMPAIGN OF WATERLOO 51 the subsidies to hungry and impecunious powers, I 8 I 5. whose representatives vied with each other in Aprilparading the sacrifices and poverty of their nations. May. Everything was thrown upon him ; and, as holder in some degree of the English purse-strings, he was treated by his German colleagues of all professions, Bliicher perhaps excepted, with a kind of jealous servility. It was no easy course that was given him to steer ; and indeed his functions during this campaign, as in the Peninsula, were perhaps even more diplomatic than military.

Yet the British Navy had begun to take French prizes April. in the Channel and on the Atlantic seaboard before the end of March. T h e Prince of Orange had arrested French prisoners who were on their way to France from Russia ;and the Continental Powers had cut off all regular communications between France and the world without. All of these were hostile acts, and it is therefore difficult to understand why Ministers should have boggled at the wording of the Militia Statutes. But be it observed that, if our system of National Defence had been based upon the compulsory personal service of every man of military age, the difficulty arising from the wholesale discharge of substitutes would not have arisen.

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