The Hunt for Moore's Gold

Investigating the Loss of the British Army's Military Chest During the Retreat to Corunna

John Grehan

History is full of unsolved puzzles, including the loss of the British Army's military chest in the 1809 retreat to Corunna. Sir John Moore's force was fleeing Napoleon, who was hoping to cut the British off from the sea, their only escape route.
Date Published :
June 2019
Publisher :
Frontline Books
Language:
English
Illustration :
16 black and white and color illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781526730534
Pages : 248
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6 inches
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$49.95

Overview
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History abounds with unresolved puzzles and unanswered questions, none more so than that of the loss of the British Army’s military chest during the retreat to Corunna in 1809.

Sir John Moore’s small force had dared to attack Marshal Soult’s II Corps isolated in the north of Spain. But before Moore could pounce on the unsuspecting French corps, he learned that the Emperor Napoleon, at the head of an overwhelming body of troops, was bearing down on the British force, hoping to cut it off from the sea and its only avenue of escape.

A desperate race for the coast then began, with the French hard on Moore’s heels. In subzero temperatures, the troops were driven on through the snow-clad Galician mountains at a punishing pace. As the men trudged on in deteriorating conditions, the bullocks pulling the army’s military chest could no longer keep up. So, in order to prevent the money from falling into enemy hands, the entire military chest was thrown down a steep, and deep ravine.

What then happened to all those dollars and doubloons? Some were snatched up by the pursuing French cavalry. Some, also, were retrieved by British soldiers who intentionally lagged behind, though their greed cost them their lives on the end of a French bayonet. But what of the rest of the money?

With a group of fellow historians, the author set off to search the archives and the mountains of Galicia in a bid to find Moore’s gold.

About The Author
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JOHN GREHAN has written, edited or contributed to more than 300 books and magazine articles covering a wide span of military history from the Iron Age to the recent conflict in Afghanistan. John has also appeared on local and national radio and television to advise on military history topics. He was employed as the Assistant Editor of Britain at War Magazine from its inception until 2014. John now devotes his time to writing and editing books.

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