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1813, 1814, & 1815,
GERMANY, HOLLAND, AND FRANCE;
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.
JAMES MADDEN AND CO.
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
wilful intention on my part, to record events
which I do not know or believe to be true.