London Gazette (Newspaper) - July 1, 1762, London, Middlesex
The London Gazette Extraordinary. THURSDAY, 7^ 1, 1762. S). James's, June 30. HIS Afternoon Lieut. Colonel Boyd, Firft Aid de Camo to Prince Ferdinand of Brunfwkk, arrived here, being difpatched by His Serene Highnefs to the King, with the following Account of a Victory gained by His Majefty's Forces under his Command, on the 24th Inftant, over the French Army commanded by the Marfhals D'Etrees and Soubize. TH E French Army has been furprized this Day in their Camp of Graebenftein, by His Majefty*s Forces. The Marflials D'Etrees and Soubize had incamped their Troops between that Place and Meinbrexen, ' The Center of their Army was pofted on a very advantageous Eminence, their Left Wing inacceffible by feveral deep Ravines, and their Right covered by Graebenftein, feveral little Rivulets, and by a Body of Troops under the Command of M. de Caftries, pofted at CarlfdorfF. Prince Ferdinand made the following Difpolitions for attacking the Enemy. General Luckner, who was fituated on the Leine,-having Eimbeck in his Front, with fix Battalions of Grenadiers, four Squadrons of Dragobns, and eight Squadrons of Hufiars, to "obferve Prince Xavier's Motions, who lay in-camped with his Corps de Referve between the Werra and Gottingen, received Orders in the Night, between the 22d and 23d, to march to Gotsbuhren in the Reinharts-Wald, with the Grenadiers, four Squadrons of Horfe, and his own Regiment of HufTars. The Heilian HufTars were ordered to remain near Moh-ringen, in order to conceal his March, and to obferve Prince Xavier. M. Luckner began his March from Hollenftadt on the 23d at' Six in the Morning, got to Uflar at Noon, pafled the Weferat Bodenfeldt at Six in the Evening, and towards Night reached Gotfbuhren. He had Orders to proceed on the 24th> at Three in the Morning, to" MariendorfF, and to form between that Place and Udenhaufen. M. de Sporcken pafled the Dymel at Sielem, at Four in the Morning, with twelve Battalions of Hanoverians, and Part of the Cavalry of the Left Wing, in order to march by Reinharts-Wald between Hombrexen and Udenhaufen. As foon as he had formed, he was to -attack the Enemy's Corps, which was pofted at CarlfdorfF, in Flanck, while Luckner charged their Rear 5 and, if he fucceeded, was to continue marching in fuch Manner, as to take the Enemy's Camp at Graebenftein both in Flank and Rear. Prince Ferdinand pafled the Dymel at Four in the Morning with twelve Battalions of the Englifh, eleven Battalions of Brunfwickers, and eight Heflian Regiments, together with the Englifh Cavalry, and Part of the German Cavalry of the Left Wing, with an Intent to draw up behind the Ponds of Kalfe. The Picquets of the Army formed the Van Guard on the Left, and the Chafleurs of the Englifh and German Infantry, commanded by lUrd Frederick Cavendifh, with Freytagffs Ha-[ Price Two pence Halfpenny. J noverian Chafleurs, That of the Right, in order to feize upon the Langenberg. The Marquis of Granby was to pafs the Dymel at Warbourg, between Two and Three o'Clock in the Morning, with the Referve under his Command, to march by Zieremberg, and Zieberfhaufen, upon the Eminence, which is oppoflte to Furftenwald, in order to fall upon the Left Wing of the Enemy. This whole Plan was put in Execution. We were in Prefence of the Enemy before they had the leaft Appre-henfion of being attacked. However, M. de Caftries had Time to retreat, and did it with a very fmall Lofs. Prince Ferdinand came on in the Centre, and. gained Ground. The Enemy, feeing themfelyes attacked in Front, in Flank, and fin Rear, were not long in taking their Party : They ftruck their Tents and retreated. Prince Ferdinand purfued and prefled upon them as clofe as poffible ; and they would, without doubt, have been intirely routed, ifM.de Stainville had not thrown him-felf, with the Grenadiers of France, the Royal Grenadiers, the Regiment of Aquitaine, and other Corps, being the Flower of the French Infantry, into the Woods of Wilhelmftahl, to cover their Retreat. That Refolution coft him dear his whale Infantry having been taken, killed, or dif-perfed, after a very gallant Defence, excepting two Battalions, which found Means to get ofF. Some of thofe Troops had before furrendered to Lord Granby's Corps; and, upon the coming up of the Army, the Remainder, after one Fire, furrendered to the 5th Regiment of Foot. Lord Granby acquitted . himfelf, upon this Occafion, with remarkable Valour^ and had a great Share in the Victory. All the Troops behaved extremely well, and fliewed great Zeal and Willingnefs 3 but parti-, cularly the firft Battalion of Grenadiers, belonging to Colonel Beckwith's Brigade, which dif- " tinguifhed itfelf extremely. The Enemy's Army retreated under the Cannon of Caflel; and a great Part of it pafled very haftily over the Fulda. We have taken between Two and Three Thoufand Prifoners, feveral "Standards and Colours. M. Reidefel attacked, beat, and totally overthrew' the Regiment of Fitz-James, toofe 300 of their Horfes, and their two Standards. Our Lofs in Men is very inconfiderable, amounting only to between Two and Three Hundred; and we have no Officer of Diftinclion killed, except Colonel Townfhend. The French Infantry conftfted of 100 Battalions, and the Allies had no more than 60. Among the French Prifoners taken in the Action, there are upwards of Two Hundred Officers. The following- is a Lift of fuch of them as we have hitherto been able to procure an Account of. Of the Swrfs Regiment of Epthingue, --- 1 �� � . - - of Walkner, - - 2 - - 7 - 13 - - 55 Of, the French Dragoons of Choifeul, Of the Grenadiers of France, -.4 Of the Regiment of Aquitaine, - * - 38 Of the Royal Grenadiers, - - - - -22 Of the Regiment of Monet, - - - - - 4 r, ,.41 Among the foregoingi-there were a Brigadier, feveral Colonels. and Printed by E.Qwtn and T. Harrifm.'in JVarwifk-Lane. iybz.