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over the Canal of Malopera, and tạis day Prince A, C, Eugene has receiv'd Advice, that they quitted all 1706. their Posts along the Adige, whereupon his Highness has given Orders to all his Forces to draw this Way. The Enemy had begun to cut the Banks and Dykes of the Adige, and thereby they could have drowned all the Lands between the po • and the Adige, from this Place to the Gulph of Venice, and caus’d an irreparable Loss to the Veneti
The Detachemnt under Colonel Patee would have been also in the utmost danger of being drown'd, but the Proveditor of the Republick fent 'a Deputation to the Duke of Vendosme, to let him 'know,that if they cut the Banks of the Adige,as they
intended, which could not but destroy the Lives of * many thousand Subjects of the Republick, besides
the Loss of one of their best Countries, the Venetians would take sutable measures against Francc,look, ipso * fa&to, upon the Forces of the two Crowns as their des clar'd Enemies, and use them accordingly. The haughty Monsieur de Vendofme could hardly digest that
Message, but however desisted from his barbarous Design, seeing France had already too many • Enemies to deal withal. Lieutenant General Rbebinder was sent some Days ago to Verona, to confer on the part of Prince Eugene with some Deputies of the Republick : He had a long Conference with them, and made them some advantageous Proposals to difswade the Venetians from renewing the Treaty
of Neutrality with France. They return'd a civil 'Anfwer; and declar'd, that they had Power only to hear what' his Highness had to propose to them, and that they would inform the Republick there, with. We hope they will at least, give Passage through Verona to our heavy Cannon and Baggage.
I am your High Mightinesses, &c. Castelbaldo, July 9. 1706. 7. H. Baron de Bette.
The further Progress of Prince Eugene till the 15th of July is related in the following Extract of a Letter from the Prince of Anhalt Dellau to the King of Prufia.
A. C. 1796: His Highness Prince Eugene having caus’d Colo
nel Patee to pass the Adige the 6th at Rotta-nouva The Prince with a body of Troops, made the necessary Dirof Anhalt positions for attacking on all sides the Enemy's ArDessau's 6
my which lay very strongly intrench'd along the
Adige. The Enterprize was happily begun the the King of 12th in the Beginning of the Night, by the said Pruitia,
Colonel Patce, who with his Body of 2500 Men d. ter at Sa Mi
march'd down the Canal de la Fratta to the Canal chile,
Bianco, the Water of which being very low, the July 16.
Foot led by the Prince of Beveren, Lieutenant Colonel of the Regiment of Wolfembutiel, pass’d it with
all imaginable Bravery. The Enemy, after firing la few Shot from their Intrenchments, which our
Men anfwer'd from 2 Pieces of Cannon, fled with 'fo great Precipitation, that they left behind their · Tents, Bread and other Provisions, and all they had in their Camp. Their Cavalry run away with
our Bridles or_Saddles, their Horses having only • Halters' 011. , Two French Battalions, that were
pofted in a Caffine, quitted it and fled likewise : and the Disorder was so great, that as the Prisoners report, and according to other Advices, the Soldiers left their Colours and dispers’d themselves, their Consternation being inconceivable. After this happy Success Prince Eugene sent to view the Po, and order'd a Detachment under Lieutenant Colonel St. Amour to pursue the Enemy, at the same time ordering Colonel Patee to make a Halt near the Po, and 4 Imperial Regiments of Foot with a like number of Horse to post themselves near Castel Guilielmo. Monticur de St. Amour Tent Prince Eu
gene the following Account, Col. St.A.C TAving Intelligence that 20 Boats, in which mour's
was the Enemy's Hospital with 400 fick and wounded Men, were on the Canal Tartaro, P.Eugene and were guarded by 200 Foot and some Horse
commanded by 2 Captains, and 3 Lieutenants, I attack'd them happily, and forc'd them the Fire was great; I had :Captain, 1 Lieutenant, 2 Corporals, and several Soldiers kill'd, or wondea; 40 of the Enem mythat got into a Calline gave us the most trouble. I have taken Prisoners i Captain, 2, Lieutenants,
and above 200 Soldiers, almost all of them wound, A. C. ed; and also fome Surgeons ; the rest were cut in 1706. ! Pieces. Their Sick made a shift to do them good Service by firing from the Boats, in which I found a large quantity of Dough new made, which I will cause to be bak’d. This Action happen'd within 8 Miles of ostiglic. I am, &c.
The i 3th in the Night the Enemy abandon'd all their Posts and Lines behind the Adige. The 14th Prince Eu. the Prince of Anhalt, who was left år San Michiele gene passes with 28 Battallions and 24 Squadrons, to command the Po.
on the upper Adige, fent fome Men over that River ' and took Post on the other side of it, causing the
Bridge to be brought down from Peroun to San Mig chiele. The 15th he caus'd it to be remov'd to Brua; and gave Advice of all he had done to Pinrce Eua gene, who fent him word 'that Colonel Patee having happily pafs'd the Po, with fome Troops the 15th ' in the Evening, he would have him come down in all Hafte with the entire Body of the Pruffians to la Badia; which Order le prepar'd to execute that Night.
Prince Eugene having caus'd all his Army to Join him (6000 Men excepted, which he left near Verona to wait for the Hessians ) pass’d the Po the 17th, and 18th at Francolino : and the 21st Encamp d at Santa Bianca: From Whence the Baron de Bette the following Letter to the States-Grneral.
High and Mighty Lords, 'de
Biance and the Po,, without any Difficulty, or Bette's Lofs, His Highnels encamp'd the 20th Instant be- Letter to tween Ferrara and Ponte Lago Scuro, causing the the States Body under Colonel Patee to advance to Santa Bian-General. cn, where the rest of the Army march'd the 21st. The Prince went immediately afçep in Person to view the Posts along the Panaro and Canal de Modena, which he found poffels’d by the French; buc Colonel Patee was commanded the fame Day to
march with his Detachment to Finale de Modena, a "large Village between the River and Canal afore
said, which the French were fortifying. They made a shew to defend that Post, but this Morning they abandon'd the same, and the Banks of the
A. C. 'Canal and Panaro, so that our Troops took Pori 1706. session of Finale, Bondeno, and some other Posts,
which will enable us to march farther. 'Tis like 'ly that the French, who have put a strong Garrison into Mirandola, will endeavour to defend the Passes of the Secchia; but 'tis not believ'd that they are strong enough to dispute the same before they have receiv'd a Řeinforcement of 10000 Men, which
they expect in a few days from Piedmont. Prince Eugene has left 6000 Men near Verona, under the command of the Baron de Wetzel, which are to
join the Helsians, and attack the French on the side • of the Mincio, which Diverlion will facilitate the
March of Prince Eugene towards Piedmont, I am,
The Duke of Orleans set out from Milan the 14th,
and was follow'd the 15th by the Mareschal of MarThe Duks o Orle
sin to Cremona, where they held a great Council of
War with the Prince of Vaudemont and the Duke of ans takes xpon him Vendofme. The 18th the Duke of Orleans arrived in the Com the French Army and took Poflellion of the Command of mand thereof. The Soldiers express'd a great Joy ta the French fee that Prince, but he was much surprized at the Army, strange Consternation he discover'd amongst the July 18. Troops, and appeard much concern’d to find Things N. S. The D. of
different from what they had been represented Vendome
to him before his setting out from Paris, He com Sets out for plained thereof to the Duke of Vendome, and used France." fome harsh Expressions, which that General had
much ado to bear withal, and set out the 20th for the Court of France. The 21st the Duke of Orleans passed by Mantua with the Army under his Com-' mand, and encamped at La Volta. He proceeded from thence to Corregiolo, where he passed the Po, taking his Head Quarters at San Benedetto, to observe the Motions of Prince Eugene and endeavour to stop him on the Banks of the Secchia. He left Count Medavi with 17 Battalions and 24 Squadrons to secure the Mincic, and the Mountains in the Brescian, and detach'd 14 Battalions to reinforce the Garrisons of Mantung
. Oftiglia, Mirandola, and other Pla-, ces.
The further Motions of the Imperialists, from A. C. the 22d of Fuly, to the 6th of August, are well rela- 1706 ted in the following Journal, dated from their Camp at Carpi, Aug. 6.
The 24th of laft Month we came to Final de Mo- Further dena,and encamped there with the Panaro in our Rear. Progress of
The 25th, 26th and 27th we halted there. The Prince Euo * 28th at Day-break we march'd towards Campo Santo gene. where we arrived at 9 in the Morning. The following Night we continued our march, and passed the Secchia near S. Martino, the Foot over a Bridge that was laid with
great Expedition, the Horse thro' several Fords. The 29th and zoth we halted, aş “well to wait the coming up of our Baggage, as to
refresh our felves after the great Fatigues we had endured, especially by reason of the great Heats, which at this Seafon are so exceflive in these Parts, that we are obligd to march almost always in the Night. The 31st in the Morning we arriv'd at the Canal of Ledo near Carpi. The ist of this Month at Day-break, we pass’d that Canal in 8 Columns, and having afterwards drawn up into one Body in the Plain, we divided our felves again into 4 Columns and march'd directly towards the Enemy's Army, which was behind the Parmegiana. Being advanc'd within 2 Musquet-shot of that River, Lieutenant Colonel St. Amour was detach'd with some Troops to take a near view of it; he reported, at his return, that the Water was low, and the Bariks very high; and that' we could not pass 'it without Boats, especially because the bottom was very muddy, and the Enemy appear'd resolv'd to dispute our Passage, having to that end pointed several Cannon against us. Upon this Prince Eu. gene went himself and found M. de S. Amour had given a right Account, and that he could not at
tack the Enemy without exposing his Army too 'much; so that after having halted there till 'three
in the Afternoon, his Highness thought fit to march the Army back to the Canal of Ledo. The ad at · Day-break he detach'd Major General Zumjungen • with 3 Regiments of Horlé, 8 Battalions and 8 • Field-pieces, to attack Carpi ; and about Noon * Advice came that the Enemy left the Parmegiana the Night before, and retired with great Precipitation