Taking of Cuidad Rodrigo, 19 January 1812

J C Stadler, William Heath

Taking of Cuidad Rodrigo, 19 January 1812
3 2 c m
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Taking of Cuidad Rodrigo, Peninsular War, 19 January 1812.

Coloured aquatint by J C Stadler after William Heath, published by Thomas Tegg, 1 April 1818. Illustration for a narrative poem by Dr Syntax, 1818.

Sir Arthur Wellesley's army took Ciudad Rodrigo, a fortified town, garrisoned by 2000 Frenchmen, on the main road from Portugal to Salamanca, by storm on the night of 19-20 January 1812. The victory was marred by the British rank and file who ransacked the city, despite the best efforts of their officers to stop them.

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