February 17th 1798
At last the enemy is in sight. They are positioned on a ridge on the other side of a river called the Volar,
we the light infantry are tasked with fulshing out the enemy to the east ot the bridge , our scouts have found an island to the east of our position where there is a ford with the island in the middle. I was posted with the carabiner and two companies of chasseur there was four companies to our left and a further two companies on our extreme left the other battalion of the 20th was held in reserve to force the bridge itself, once we had control of the ford. Once we were over the ford we were to form a skirmish screen to the east of the main advance.
We advanced quickly but almost as we cleared our lines we came under heavy fire from enemy skirmishes along the line of our advance, we extended our order and pushed the enemy before us. At this point more enemy fired at our flank and we were forced to withdraw and regroup this new attack melted away. We had lost 8 men in the early part of the skirmish this was going to be a hard fight the enemy were skilled skirmishers better than we had seen before, as we advanced again the enemy had already withdrawn to the island again we came under heavy fire as we advanced on to the ford using what cover we could we put as much fire into the tree line that the enemy now occupied. The island was heavly wooded with scrub and fallen trees. The General d'Bridgade sent up half a battery of light guns, they soon set about firing on the enemy infantry i could see branches landing on there heads and a chear raind out each time an enemy was bolled over by a shot.
We cooked what little food we had and prayed for sleep.
Mo from the 20th soon.