The memoirs of an active campaigner in the Peninsular war. He made rapid progress in the Army and distinguished himself. Assigned to the Portuguese army, he was quartermaster general and chief-of-staff to William Carr Beresford. He served in all the principal sieges and battles, never asked to go on leave, and was laden with honours, being appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath, Knight Commander of the Royal Guelphic Order, and Commander of the Portuguese Order of the Tower and Sword. He received the Army Gold Cross and five clasps for the battles of Busaco, Albuera, Badajoz, Salamanca, Vitoria, the Pyrenees, Nivelle, the Nive, and Toulouse. Brigadier General D'Urban was given command of a Portuguese cavalry brigade consisting of the 1st, 11th and 12th Dragoons. At the Battle of Salamanca on 22 July 1812, D'Urban's troopers performed well while assisting the 3rd Division's attack on the French left flank.
Peninsular Journal, 1808-1817
1990 Greenhill Books - facsimilie of 1930 edition
Napoleonic Library #8