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RECOLLECTIONS

OF

MILITARY SERVICE,

IN

1813, 1814, & 1815,

THROUGH

GERMANY, HOLLAND, AND FRANCE;

INCLUDING

SOME DETAILS OF THE BATTLES OF

QUATRE BRAS AND WATERLOO.

BY THOMAS MORRIS,

LATE SERGEANT OF THE 2ND BATTALION OF THE

73RD REGIMENT OF Foot.

LONDON:

JAMES MADDEN AND CO.

LEADENHALL STREET.

MDCCCXLV.

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LONDON:
BREWSTER, PRINTER, HAND COURT, DOWGATE.

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PREFACE.

In the various histories which have been

published, recording the events of the late

war, the greatesť praise has invariably been

given to those regiments whose officers were of high birth and aristocratic connexions ; while other corps, not possessing these for

tuitous advantages, have had the mortifica

tion to find their services pass altogether

unnoticed. This cannot be imputed to fault

in the historian, as he derived his information

from the official dispatches; the onus, then,

must rest with the General commanding;

and, without imputing to him any corrupt

motive, we may state it to have been but

natural for him to make the most honour

able mention of those regiments, whose officers

he was desirous of recommending to the

special notice of head-quarters. However, favoritism always has existed, and doubt

less, always will.

I shall endeavour, therefore,

in the following pages, simply to place on record some of the exploits of the regiment in which I served, as well as of some others with whom we occasionally co-operated; but who, like ourselves, had not the honour to

be noticed in dispatches, for the reasons

I have before stated.

As I have no written data to go on, but

trust entirely to memory, if any inaccuracies

shall be detected, I hope it will be imputed

to that circumstance, rather than to

ny

wilful intention on my part, to record events

which I do not know or believe to be true.

T. M.

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