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Excerpt from book: tination at the end of February. The Seventy-fourth 1S12 marched on the 25th February, reached Elvas on the loth March, and on the 16th crossed the Guadiana, two miles below Badajoz, when the enemy's piquets were driven in, and the place invested on the left of the Guadiana, by the third, fourth, and light divisions, and a brigade of Portuguese. On the 17th March the third division was stationed on the south-east side of the town, nearly on the ground it occupied at the former siege : and the men of the forty-fifth, Seventy- Fourth, and eighty-eighth regiments, who had been employed as sappers at Ciudad Rodrigo, were again so employed at Badajoz. The first parallel was on this night commenced opposite to Fort Picurina, and continued on the 18th, but the work was much impeded by continued heavy rain. On the 19th the garrison made a sortie with fifteen hundred infantry and a party of cavalry, from behind the Picurina, driving back the working party and guard of the trenches from the parallel: their cavalry penetrated to the engineer depots, causing great confusion and some loss. The Seventy-fourth was the first regiment under arms, and advanced under Major- General Kempt (who had succeeded Major-General McKinnon in command of the brigade) in double quick time, to the plain on the right, opposite to the castle, and with the guard of the trenches, drove back the enemy, who sustained a loss of three hundred officers and men. The attack was continued as rapidly as possible, but was impeded by very heavy rain, which rendered the work in the trenches extremely laborious, until the 25th, when the batteries opened against the place. On this night Fort Picurina was assaulted and carried by five hundred men of the third 1812 division, two hundred of whom were under Major Shaw of the Skv...  
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