Although The Hunt for Moore’s Gold is the story of John Grehan’s search for this fabled treasure, it is much more. The first part covers the retreat as seen through the eyes of the participants. . . not just senior and junior officers, but also the enlisted ranks, and civilians. A quick look at the bibliography shows 6 + primary sources, many of which are compilations of multiple diaries and journals. There are, of course, the standard sources that other books have used, but the author also includes many you may not be familiar with. While most books about the retreat focuses only on British sources, The Hunt for Moore’s Gold also tells the story from the French perspective.
Doggedly pursued by the French under Soult, the British made a retreat across northern Spain while their rearguard fought off repeated French attacks. Both armies suffered extremely from the harsh winter conditions. Much of the British army, excluding the elite Light Brigade under Robert Craufurd, suffered from a loss of order and discipline during the retreat. When the British eventually reached the port of Corunna on the northern coast of Galicia in Spain, a few days ahead of the French, they found their transport ships had not arrived. The fleet arrived after a couple of days and the British were in the midst of embarking when the French forces launched an attack. They forced the British to fight another battle before being able to depart for England.