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  THE CELTIC MONTHLY.
  1678
  Part XIL — (Continued Jr-om page 144).
  QUATRE BeAS and WATERLOO GaLLANT
  Conduct of the " Greys."
  .^^^KjN the return home of the " Greys " in
  ^iiI'kiI ^'^^'i' the regiment was quartered in
  »»\>!2K) England, in Scotland, and sometimes
  in L-eland. It was not called upon to serve in
  the Peninsular campaigns, but on the escape of
  Napoleon from Elba in March, 1815, all Europe
  again prepared for war, and sis troops of the
  gallant "Greys" were despatched in April to
  reinforce the British army in the Netherlands,
  its old battle ground in the Marlborough times,
  upon which it had won undying fame, and was
  now destined to acquire fresh laurels. On its
  arrival at Denderhauten, it was brigaded with
  its old comrades, the Ist Koyals and the Ennis-
  killins, under the command of Sir William
  Ponsonby, a Peninsula hero, and formed what
  has been since termed the " Union Brigade" —
  Eiif/lis/i, Sci.ittis/i, and frisk.
  Early in the morning of the 19th June the
  brigade was ordered to march upon Nivelles and
  Quatre Bras, and arrived at the latter place about
  dusk, after a long and tiresome march, when
  the fighting had ceased, and the French with-
  drew to Prasnes. The night was passed in an
  open field near the highway, Charleroi to
  Brussels.
  On the 17th the brigade retired upon
  Waterloo, covering the rear of the infantry and
  artillery. The "Greys" manfuuvred in such
  splendid style that the pursuing PVench van-
  guard of cuirassiers and lancers dared not
  1 '- JOHM MACKAY. cE.jp.
  attack them. Every time the Frenchmen
  approached too near, the gallant " Greys "
  faced about to check their advance.
  On the elevated ground in front of Mont St.
  Jean the whole army made a stand, and every
  division took up the ground upon which it was
  to fight next day. The " Union " brigade was
  posted on high ground in rear of Pack's brigade
  of Picton's division, to the left of Charleroi
  road. Picton's division when marching through
  Waterloo on the IGth numbered 6,000 British
  bayonets. On the 18th, when marshalled in
  position on the field of Waterloo, it amounted to
  no more than 3,000. Such was the severity of
  the fighting at Quatre Bras, where it had to
  sustain itself against the full force of Ney's
  16,000 Frenchman.
  The "Union" brigade at Waterloo was only
  1,186 sabres, exclusive of officers.
  It has been said that Napoleon, surveying
  the British position on the morning of the 18th,
  asked Soult where was the terrible Picton's
  division posted. He was informed that it was
  right in front of him. Napoleon seemed to
  scan it from right to left. Soult had met it
  many a time in battle array, and well knew the
  General and his men, especially the Highland
  regiments, "plaided and plumed Ln their tartan
  array." It was the first time that Napoleon
  beheld Pieton and his singularly clad troops.
  He had heard of the Highlanders, and often

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