OVER KOTARADJA NAAR WELTEVREDEN
plein bevindt zich eene gedenkzuil, waarop een bronzen leeuw staat ')
Het Museum van het Bataviaasch Genootschap van Kunsten en Wetenschappen op het Koningsplein, verdient in hooge mate de aandacht. Men vindt er archeologische
') Dit monument heeft blijkbaar aanstoot gegeven aan den schrijver van het reeds vermelde werk "The Philippines, and round about". Op blz. 204 van bedoeld werk schrijft hij:
"This monument commemorates the glorious victory won by the heroic Belgians on June i8th. 1815, at the village of Waterloo, whereby the peace of the world was assured. I am glad we discovered the monument, for the only battle of Waterloo hitherto mentioned in history, was won by the English and Prussians, the Belgian troops on that occasion having apparently gone off hurriedly to do some shopping in Brussels. We know now, however, that at the real battle of Waterloo no British or Prussian troops were present, the Belgians having alone and unsupported, to their undying honour, completely defeated Napoleon and the veteran legions of France."
De onderstelling is geoorlootd dat majoor Younghusband zich niet volkomen op de hoogte stelde van de meer objectieve beschouwingen, welke in lateren tijd over den veldtocht van 1815 het licht zagen. Ook van Engelsche zijde is op onpartijdige wijze getuigd van Wellington's fouten en van het werkzame optreden der Nederlandsche troepen op den i8den Juni. Veldmaarschalk Lord Wolseley schrijft in zijn werk "Decline and Fall of Napoleon" blz. 138 het volgende: "'Indeed, he (Wellington) had been so deceived by Napoleon's cleverly devised movements; that up to almost the last moment he persisted in believing that the J* rench army would manoeuvre round the English right, in order to cut him off from his line of retreat upon Ostend. Besides, his staff had not served him well. Many had been foisted upon him from home by private and family interests, and even against his wishes. Believing in their statements, he had in the forenoon öf June i5th as will be mentioned later on, written Blücher a letter in which the positions occupied by his troops at the moment were incorrectly stated. Altogether he had abundant reasons for wishing his official accounts of the battle and of the operations which preceded it to be accepted as final and without question. In