Napoleon Series Archive 2015

Re: Ward Collection, Special Collections, Hartley

S. G. P. Ward gave his collection of books, notes and manuscripts to the Hartley Library where they are a wonderful complement to the Wellington Papers. Ward was a meticulous scholar who wrote one outstanding monograph (Wellington's Headquarters) and a series of extremely well researched and interesting articles mostly published in the Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research and covering many aspects of the British army's role in the Peninsular War and other campaigns of the period. He had a particular interest in staff and commissariat matters and worked towards a biography of Sir George Murray but was discouraged by a lack of interest from publishers. I corresponded with him in the 1990s and he was immensely generous and helpful - and very amusing. Some of the first books he bought for his collection came from Sir Charles Oman's library which were being sold through Francis Edwards at the end of the Second World War, a time when interest in the Peninsular War was at its nadir. Ward was one of a talented generation of historians, including Michael Glover and Anthony Brett-James who helped revive interest in Wellington's campaigns in the 1960s.

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