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The Storming of Ciudad Rodrigo

Sunday, 19 January 1812

On the evening of 19th of January 1812 Wellington gave the order to 'Storm the breaches of Ciudad Rodrigo' . In a very fierce fight the town fell, as did 568 of the attackers including General 'Black Bob' Crawford, [Mortally wounded]. The town was given over to plunder and lawlessness until order was restored the following day. General Picton was seen to be laying about unruly troops with a broken musket butt.