The journal is in Spanish, in two booklets, 2 June to 11 June, and 12 June to 20 June. The second part is marked and annotated in English. It is accompanied by a third group of papers containing an English translation and notes. The journal was used as evidence at Murray's court martial.
Journal of the operations of the Spanish First Army under the command of General F.Copons y Navia
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Administrative / Biographical History
Journal sent by General Francisco Copons y Navia to the first Duke of Wellington, detailing the operations undertaken by the Spanish First Army under his command, from 2 June 1813 to 20 June 1813, in relation to those of General Sir John Murray, who landed with a British force at Salou in Catalonia on 3 June and laid siege to Tarragona. Murray was obliged to re-embark on 12 June and was later court-martialled for unnecessarily abandoning all war material and munitions. He was exonerated in 1815. The journal, in two volumes, is accompanied by a letter of 21 June 1813, from Headquarters at Valls, to Wellington.
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Compiled by Gwennyth Anderson
Other Finding Aids
Francisco de Copons y Navia MEMORIAS DE LOS ANOS DE 1814 Y 1820 AL 24 ed. Francisco de Copons Navia y Asprer (Madrid, 1858) deals principally with the events of 1814-24. Further information appears in THE TRIAL OF LIEUTENANT GENERAL SIR JOHN MURRAY (London, 1815).