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The Daily Dispatch: June 13, 1864., [Electronic resource], From Staunton — further particulars of the late fight. (search)
of 70,000 men under Massena. Wellington met him on the frontier, and repulsed him in the battle of Basaco. After that he fell back, covered his retreat by the Cos, and leisurely entered the lines which he had been fortifying for a year to cover Lisbon, and which have become famous over the whole civilized world as the lines of Torres Vedras.--His force behind these lines amounted to 55,000 splendid troops, English and Portuguese, assisted by 40,000 militia. The lines themselves, three in number, presented the most tremendous system of fortifications of which there is any account. They extended from the Tagus on one side, to the ocean on the other, Lisbon, which is on the river near its month, being in their rear and entirely surrounded by them, and itself strongly fortified, while an enormous fleet of transports, men of war, and merchant vessels, all English, lay in the harbor and kept the Anglo-Portuguese army constantly supplied with provisions, recruits, and all the munitions an