Napoleon's Peninsular Marshals: A reassessment by Richard Humble

By Richard Humble

An attractive examine the Armies in Spain through the Napoleonic period.

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On the Saturday following Depeyster and Folliot’s arraignment in September, Henry Cobb was arrested for the murder of a shipmate. As the two had been sharing a meal earlier that day, the victim’s pestering of his testy companion had precipitated violent and instant death, Cobb stabbing his companion, according to the surgeon, between the ninth Prologue ∞∑ and tenth ribs and penetrating the heart. At his trial a month later, the jury had found Cobb guilty of murder, and, on the following day, October 25, Attorney General John Tabor Kempe had asked for the death penalty.

Colden was the model of rectitude when there was a promotion in the o≈ng: ‘‘I make no question but Sir Charles and Mr. Kennedy, will mention my diligence to the Commissioners of the Customs,’’ he wrote to his father. ’’ ‘‘The merchants,’’ Colden had told his father a few days after the raid, ‘‘are vastly uneasy as they find bribing will not do and vast numbers of vessels [are] expected with prodigious quantities of Holland goods. ’’∏ The Marston raid ‘‘made great noise,’’ which reached far across the Atlantic.

In May 1756, the New York militia began pressing men into service. ’’ In spite of the deepening crisis, the provincial assembly resolved in July that ‘‘this colony has stretched its strength and substance to the greatest pitch, and . . ’’∂≥ Such were the preoccupations of New Yorkers three years before George Spencer’s ordeal. Lord Loudoun, the new commander-in-chief of all British forces in North America, arrived aboard HMS Nightingale on July 23, 1756. ∂∂ Within a year, no fewer than fourteen thousand British troops had disembarked at the port of New York.

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