The Napoleon Series: What's New?


31 December 2006

The Guard marches on in Greg Gorsuch's translation of Book 14 of St. Hilaire's The History of the Imperial Guard with:

1814: Third Chapter: Napoleon and the Guard at Fontainebleau
1814: Fourth Chapter: The Voyage of the Imperial Guard, from Fontainebleau to the Isle of Elba
1814: Fifth Chapter: Napoleon and His Guard on the Isle of Elba

More French generals added by Tony Broughton to his Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789 - 1814:

Leblanc to Lejeune

Enrico Acerbi continues his study of the The 1799 Campaign in Italy

The Armies of Austria, Russia, Sardinia - Piedmont, and the Polish Legion

Roberto Scattolin looks at the events that led to the Treaty of Cintra and the British public's re-action to it in:

A Conditioned Interaction of the Portuguese Military Campaign: the Lisbon Compromise

From our German Partner Site, Napoleon Online:

Russian Cavalry in 1807: the Sauerweid Illustrations

We close the year with a review of the latest offering from Ken Trotman:

Standing Orders, as Given Out and Enforced by the Late Major-Gen. Robt. Craufurd for the Use of the Light Division during the Years 1809, 1810, and 1811

15 December 2006

I am very pleased to announce that the Napoleon Series has entered into a publishing venture with Richard Brown of Ken Trotman Ltd to publish books that are of great value to the Napoleonic scholar and enthusiast! The first titles in this new venture will appear in 2007 and will consist of historical reprints and some modern works. For more information about the project click on The Napoleon Series - Ken Trotman Joint Publishing Venture!

Issue #5 of the War of 1812 Magazine!

Editorials

The War of 1812 Magazine: the First Campaign Season Comes to a Close by John R. Grodzinski

Articles

The Commodore and I: a Cruise with Oliver Hazard Perry by David Curtis Skaggs

Old Salt Indeed: the Amazing Career of Lieutenant Provo Wallis of HMS Shannon by Donald Graves

Scouts Re-enact War of 1812 By Terry Honour, Scouts Canada

The Duke of Wellington, the Peninsular War and the War of 1812 Part I: North America and the Peninsular War -- Logistics by John Grodzinski

Dispatches

A readers’ section offering correspondence, inquiries and discussion on the War of 1812. The editors of the War of 1812 Magazine invite queries but please note that we cannot answer questions relating to genealogy. Those interested in such matters are directed to the many websites that specialize in this type of research. Please send your inquiries to the Editor

Note that each letter or inquiry is numbered, so they can be referred in future by that number, such as 1001.

1010 Colours Captured by Either Side During the War of 1812

Documents, Artefacts and Imagery

Military History in Built Up Areas: The Battle of York, 1813 A Photo Essay by John Grodzinski

The Last Stand of Sergeant-Major Mayeaux, Royal Marines, 1814

The Life and Dying Confessions of James Hamilton, Executed for the Murder of Major Benjamin Birdsall, Nov. 6, 1818, Albany

What About the Ladies …? A Series of Documents Regarding Women and the War of 1812 Compiled by Dianne Burton-Graves

Reviews: Books, Film, Collectables and Ephemera

Fix Bayonets! A Royal Welch Fusilier at War Reviewed by Lt Col K W Kiddie, MA

Guidebook to the Historic Sites of the War of 1812 Reviewed by Major (Retd) W.E. (Gary) Campbell, CD

Miscellaneous

Letter to the Editor Regarding “Leading Myths of the War of 1812,” by Donald Hickey from Ty Martin

And Professor Hickey offers the following response … to Commander Tyrone G. Martin's Letter

Notice of an Upcoming Symposium: The War of 1812 in the West Symposium

 

30 November 2006

Try your knowledge of Napoleonic History in our 2nd Annual Napoleon Series Trivia Contest!

In the first of a multi-part article, Enrico Acerbi examines

The 1799 Campaign in Italy: Introduction
The 1799 Campaign in Italy: the French Forces

Tim Mahon translates Chapter IV of France Militaire. Histoire des Armées Françaises de Terre et de Mer de 1792 à 1837:

Expédition du Portugal

Roberto Scattolin looks at the British cemetary at Elvas, Portugal:

The Silence of God: the British Cemetery at Elvas

More French generals added by Tony Broughton to his Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789 - 1814:

Labadie to Lazowski

Ron McGuigan finishes his study of British generals with:

Alexander Mackenzie-Fraser
Frederick Maitland
Christopher Tilson
Nicholas Trant

From our German Partner Site, Napoleon Online:

The Westphalian Army in 1810: the Uniform Plates of Alexander Sauerweid

15 November 2006

Congratulations to the winners of the 2005 Napoleon Series Writing Contest!! To see the winning papers, click on the following link:

The 2005 Napoleon Series Writing Contest

I would also like to thank the four judges who donated their time to judge the cotest:

Dr. John G. Gallaher
Colonel John H. Gill
David Markham
Tom Morgan

This update includes three pieces on the French Guard!

Tim Mahon has translated the memoirs of Pierre Baste, who served in the Sailors of the Guard, and who was an eyewitness to the early days of the French invasion of Spain, including the French defeat at Bailen!

Recollections of capitaine de frégate Pierre Baste

Greg Gorsuch has translated Book 14 of St. Hilaire's The History of the Imperial Guard with:

1814: First Chapter: The Manpower of the Guard is Carried to 112,500 Men

1814: Second Chapter: The Guard during the Campaign of France in 1814

More British Generals from Ron McGuigan:

Alexander Dickson
Howard Elphinstone 
James Willoughby Gordon
John Hope
John Randoll Mackenzie

Tony Broughton is through the letter K in his Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789 - 1814:

Keating to Krieg

From our German Partner Site, Napoleon Online:

The French Consular Guard in 1801: the Potrelle Uniform Plates

31 October

Donald has written a glossary of French Military Terminology 1670 - 1815. It is over 50 pages long and contains over 1,000 terms!

French Military Terminology 1670 - 1815: a Technical Glossary Part I
French Military Terminology 1670 - 1815: a Technical Glossary Part II

More from Stephen Millar on British Peerages in:

The British Peerage in 1818: Peerages 321-336: Viscountcies in the Peerage of Great Britain and Ireland

The French Generals continue to march! More biographies from Tony Broughton:

Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789 - 1814: Jablonowski to Jurgy de la Varenne

Roberto Scattolin looks how paintings were used as propaganda in:

Beyond the Image of Glory: Gros’ Masterpiece on Focus -- Pictorial Evaluations, Structural elements, and Propaganda Achievements

Ron McGuigan adds to his British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815:

John Brodrick
Harry Burrard
Hew Whitefoord Dalrymple

Jonathan Gingerich updates one of the oldest articles on the Series with new information and color!

Russian Infantry Facings - Inspection Era

Another translation from our German Partner Site, Napoleon Online:

The Austrian Army in 1798: the Uniform Plates of Tranquillo Mollo and Joseph George Mansfield

15 October

Ron McGuigan examines an often overlooked British military organization:

Per Mare Per Terram - the Royal Marines 1793-1815

Paul Dawson looks at the organization and structure of the

Artillery Train of the Guard: 1800-1815

Greg Gorsuch finishes translating the Thirteenth Book of St. Hilaire's The History of the Imperial Guard with:

Fourth Chapter: The Guard during the Campaign of Saxony, in 1813
The Composition and Numerical Strength of the Guard, in 1813

More French generals from Tony Boughton:

Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789 - 1814: Ihler to Ismert

Ludovic Isnard completes his study of the Organization of the Savoy-Piedmont-Sardinian Armies with:

Part IV: 1802-1814 The Exile in Sardinia
Part V: 1814 –1815 The Restoration

Roberto Scattolin examines Marshal Bessieres relationship with Napoleon in:

Bessieres and the Guides of Bonaparte: a Biographical Outline

Stephen Millar continues his study of Peerages in the United Kingdom:

The British Peerage in 1818: Peerages 285-320: Viscountcies in the Peerage of Great Britain and Ireland

More translations from our German Partner Site, Napoleon Online:

The British Army in 1792: the Uniform Plates of James Hewgill

30 September

Susan Howard brings us more newspaper accounts of the post-Waterloo trials in France:

Newspaper Accounts of the Proclamation of King Louis XVIII upon His Return to France: 28 June 1815

Newspaper Accounts of the Trial and Execution of General Charles Angelique Huchet, Comte de Labedoyere: 15 - 24 August 1815: 15 - 24 August 1815

Newspaper Accounts of the Trial a General Jean Baptiste Drouot: 18 August 1815 - 12 April 1816

Newspaper Accounts of the Trial of General Pierre Cambronne: 27 April 1816

Newspaper Accounts of the Pardon of General César-Alexandre Debelle: 7 April 1816

Greg Gorsuch translates more from the Thirteenth Book of St. Hilaire's The History of the Imperial Guard:

Thirteenth Book: 1813 Third Chapter: List of Names General Staff and the Foot Grenadiers

Thirteenth Book: 1813 Third Chapter: List of Names in the Corps of Foot Chasseurs

Thirteenth Book: 1813 Third Chapter: List of Names in the Cavalry

Thirteenth Book: 1813 Third Chapter: List of Names in the Artillery, Engineers, and the Health Servicel

Roberto Scattolin looks at a vicious combat in the South Tyrol in 1809:

South Tyrol 1809: When Faith Sustained Honour

The French Generals continue to march with more biographies from Tony Broughton:

Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789 - 1814: Habert to Husson

More information from Stephen Millar on Peerages in the United Kingdom:

The British Peerage in 1818: Peerages 271 - 284: Viscountcies in the Peerages of England, Scotland and Ireland

Another translated article from our German Partner Site, Napoleon Online:

The French Army in Berlin in 1809: the Uniform Plates of the Henschel Brothers

15 September

Issue #4 of the War of 1812 Magazine!

Editorials

Remembering The Event That Sparked a War by John Grodzinski

Unturned Stones in War of 1812 Studies and a Few Pebbles, Too by Robert Malcomson

Articles

Leading Myths of the War of 1812 By Don Hickey, Wayne State College

A Gallant Defense: the Battles of Fort Madison By David C. Bennett

A Collective Biography of the General Officers of the United States Army in the War of 1812: Part III: The Class of 1814 By Donald E. Graves

The Epic Saga of His Majesty’s Schooner Nancy and the Struggle for the Control of the Upper Great Lakes Photographs and Text by John R. Grodzinski

Dispatches

A readers’ section offering correspondence, inquiries and discussion on the War of 1812. The editors of the War of 1812 Magazine invite queries but please note that we cannot answer questions relating to genealogy. Those interested in such matters are directed to the many websites that specialize in this type of research. Please send your inquiries to the Editor

Note that each letter or inquiry is numbered, so they can be referred in future by that number, such as 1001.

1008. Armament of British and American Frigates

1009. Fencible Regiments

Documents, Artefacts and Imagery

What's a Young Canadian Fellow to do, or, Two Sides of the Same Border

Reviews: Books, Film, Collectables and Ephemera

Books Received

Miscellaneous

New Members of the Editorial Board

Jane Errington, Ph.D
David Curtis Skaggs, Ph.D.
J.C.A. Stagg, Ph.D

31 August 2006

Greg Gorsuch provides a translation of the first two chapters of the Thirteenth Book of St. Hilaire's The History of the Imperial Guard:

Chapter I: 1813: Creation of New Regiments of the Guard
Chapter II: 1813: Guards of Honour

Stephen Millar continues to provide information on the Peerages of the United Kingdom in:

The British Peerage in 1818: Peerages 236-270: Earldoms in the Peerage of the United Kingdom and Ireland

Ron McGuigan continues his biographical dictionary of British generals with:

John Sontag
Brent Spencer
Charles William Stewart
William Stewart

And More French Generals from Tony Broughton:

Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789 - 1814: Grabinsky to Guyot

Another translated article from our German Partner Site, Napoleon Online:

Austrian Landwehr in 1809: the Uniform Plates of Joseph Eder

15 August 2006

Today is the 237th birthday of Napoleon!

Chris Gibbs examines how the Scots came to identify themselves as British in:

The New Britons: Scottish Identity in the 18th and 19th Centuries

Tony Broughton brings us more French Generals:

Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789 - 1814: Gachet de Sainte Suzanne to Gouy d'Arsy

Ron McGuigan continues his biographical dictionary of British generals with:

John Moore
John Murray
Miles Nightingall
Henry William Paget

Stephen Millar provides more information on the Peerages of the United Kingdom in:

Earldoms in the Peerage of Great Britain and Ireland

Susan Howard continues to look at The Times' coverage of the post-Waterloo trials in Paris:

The Trial and Escape of Count Marie Lavalette: 16 November 1815 - 2 January 1816

Roberto Scattolin looks at a little know amphibious assault in Italy:

Piave River 1809: British Navy snd Royal Marines Assault the Fort at Cortellazzo

We have translated an article from our German Partner Site, Napoleon Online:

Leopold Beyer's War Scenes: 1813 - 1815

31 July 2006

Susan Howard finishes her study on how the trial of Marshal Ney was covered in The Times of London, with:

The Execution

Roberto Scattolin provides a biography of a leading citizen of Venice, who strenously opposed Napoleon and the French occupation of the Serenissima Repubblica Marciana in 1797:

By Honour and Sword Divided: Angelo Giustinian and Bonaparte’s Fit of Anger

More British Generals from Ron McGuigan:

Craufurd, James Catlin
Dalhousie,  George

Erskine, William
Fane, Henry

Houston, William
Howard, Kenneth

Long, Robert
Manningham, Coote

Tony Broughton continues his study of French Generals:

Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789 - 1814: Fabre to Fyons

Tom Holmberg reviews:

The Legend of Napoleon

15 July 2006

Greg Gorsuch finishes his translation of the Twelfth Book of St. Hilaire's The History of the Imperial Guard:

Chapter IV: the Guard during the Campaign of Russia
Chapter V: the Sacred Squadron

Roberto Scattolin examines the effect of the Revolutionary Wars on a town which, by decree (1779) of Maria Theresa of Austria, had become an independent city of the Kingdom of Hungary in the domain of the Habsburgs Empire.

Istria Military -- the Town of Rijeka and the Contingencies of Napoleonic Warfare in the Years 1796-1797

The French generals continue to march in Tony Broughton's biographical study!

Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789 - 1814: Eberle to Exelmans

Ron McGuigan brings us more biographies of British generals:

Wroth Palmer Acland
Lord William Henry Bentinck
William Borthwick
Barnard Foord Bowes
Henry Clinton
William Henry Clinton
Galbraith Lowry Cole
Stapleton Cotton

More from Susan Howard on how the trial of Marshal Ney was covered in The Times of London.

1st Day of Trial: November 21st
2nd Day of Trial: November 23rd
3rd Day of Trial: December 4th
4th Day of Trial: December 5th
5th Day of Trial: December 6th
The Verdict

We close with a review by Tom Holmberg:

British Duelling Pistols

30 June 2006

Susan Howard has compiled how the trial of Marshal Ney was covered in The Times of London.

Newspaper Accounts of the Trial and Execution of Marshal Michel Ney

Stephen Millar continues his study of the British Peerage in 1818 with

Earldoms in the Peerages of England, Scotland and Ireland

The Guard continues to march! Greg Gorsuch translates the Twelfth Book of St. Hilaire's The History of the Imperial Guard:

Chapter I: Creation of a Company of Veteran Cannoniers and of a third regiment of Light Horse Lancers
Chapter II: the Battalion of Instruction at Fontainebleau
Chapter III: List of Names

More French generals from Tony Broughton!

Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789 - 1814: Dubois to Duvignot

And more British generals from Ron McGuigan!

Ernest Langwerth
Edward Paget
William Payne
Thomas Picton
John Sherbrooke
John Slade
Henry Warde

Roberto Scattolin looks at the French strategic goals in their occupation of the Dalmations:

Strategic Interactions in the Balkania Major from Dalmatia through Herzegovina and Bosnia: the Long Way to the Balkans

We close with three reviews:

In the Wake of Napoleon: The Dutch in Time of War, 1792-1815
Napoleon's Mamelukes
Wellington's Army

15 June 2006

This update is devoted to Issue # 3 of the War of 1812 Magazine! You can find the following articles in it:

From the Editor

Articles

Robert Walcot: The Man Who Could not Possibly have Shot General Brock by: Guy St. Denis

Constitution’s Wartime Gun Batteries by Commander Tyrone G. Martin, U. S. Navy (Retired)

“To Obtain if Possible Ultimate Security to His Majesty’s Possessions in America:” The Plattsburgh Campaign of 1814 Photographs and Text by John R. Grodzinski

A Collective Biography of the General Officers of the United States Army in the War of 1812: Part II: The Class of 1813 By Donald E. Graves

Dispatches

A readers’ section offering correspondence, inquiries and discussion on the War of 1812. The editors of the War of 1812 Magazine invite queries but please note that they cannot answer questions relating to genealogy.

Note that each letter or inquiry is numbered, so they can be referred in future by that number, such as 1001.

Answer to Query 1004: Why did Major-General Wade Hampton and Major General James Wilkinson hate each other?

Documents, Artefacts and Imagery

"Gentlemen, let us set an example!"; An Account of the British Attack on Oswego, 1814. By Donald E. Graves

Target Practice, War of 1812 Style

Reviews: Books, Film, Collectables and Ephemera

The Glengarry Light Infantry, 1812 – 1816: Who Were They and What Did They Do in the War?

Half-Hearted Enemies: Nova Scotia, New England and the War of 1812

Miscellaneous

Dressed to Kill: Uniforms, Dress and Equipment of the War of 1812: 7th U.S. Infantry and the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders by Tim Reese

Lieutenant-Colonel Cecil Bisshopp by John Grodzinski

The War of 1812: A Bicentennial in the Making by John Grodzinski

 

31 May 2006

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The Imperial Guard is back! Greg Gorsuch finishes his translation of the Eleventh Book of St. Hilaire's The History of the Imperial Guard:

Chapter I: 1811 - Creation of New Regiments
Chapter II: 1811 - List of Names: Corps of Grenadiers
Chapter II: 1811 - List of Names: Corps of Chasseurs and Pupils
Chapter II: 1811 - Pay of the Tirailleurs, Voltigeurs, Flanquerers, & Pupils
Chapter III: 1811 - The Pupil of the Guard

More additions to Tony Broughton's Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789 - 1814:

Dieche to Drut

Stephen Millar continues his study of the British Peerage in 1818:

Peerage Inheritance (the Earldom of Annandale and Hartfell, 1792-1985)

Ron McGuigan looks at eight more biographies to his British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815.

John Dorrien
William Dyott
Ronald Craufurd Ferguson
Richard Fletcher
Thomas Graham
John James Hamilton
Rowland Hill
John Hope

We close with more artwork from Tim Reese:

Uniforms of the French Line Infantry: 1804 - 1812

15 May 2006

Ron McGuigan begins a new project for our Biographies Section -- British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815. The first ten biographies are:

Charles Alten
Robert Anstruther
David Baird
William Carr Beresford
Alexander Campbell
Henry Frederick Campbell
Charles Colville
George Cooke
George De Dreiberg
Moore Disney

Tom Holmberg looks at the cost of keeping Napoleon in captivity:

The Annual Cost of Keeping the Former Emperor Napoleon Captive on the Island of St. Helena

In a new study, Stephen Millar examines the British Peerage in 1818. The first installment includes"

The Dukedoms
The Marquessates

Roberto Scattolin looks at Napoleon and the people of Lombardy:

Lombardy 1796: State, Society, and Post-Revolutionary Applications

More from Tony Broughton on French generals:

Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789 - 1814: Dabadie de Bernet to Dazemar

Daryl Hosking has compiled two bibliographies of Napoleonic Era books that are available either through Google Books or the Thompson Gale Databases

Internet Book Resources
Thompson Gale Databases

Digby Smith provides

A Bibliography of German Works on the Peninsula War

Robert Mosher updates his bibliography of uniform books:

An Annotated Bibliography of Books on Napoleonic Period Uniforms

We close with a pair of reviews:

The Czar's General: The Memoirs of a Russian General in the Napoleonic Wars

Fiddlers and Whores: the Candid Memoirs of a Surgeon in Nelson’s Fleet

30 April 2006

Stephen Millar looks at the composition of the Confederation of the Rhine:

States of the Confederation of the Rhine: 1806-1813

From Tony Broughton on French generals:

Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789 - 1814: Cervoni to Custine de Sarreck

Roberto Scattolin writes about the most famous item stolen by General Junot in 1808:

General Junot and the Holy Bible of Belem

João Centeno provides two detailed maps of northern Portugal, showing British operations in 1809. This provides many of the terrain features and the road systems.

Oporto - British Campaign in Northern Portugal: 5 - 25 May 1809
Oporto - British Passage of the Duoro: May 12, 1809 -- Portuguese Perspective

In our Statistical Abstract of the Napoleonic Era, we look at the Confederation of the Rhine:

Population of the Confederation of the Rhine: 1810
Size of the Individual States of the Confederation of the Rhine: 1810
Confederation of the Rhine Troop Commitment to France 1810
Confederation of the Rhine: Revenue in 1810

15 April 2006

Stephen Millar continues his order-of-battle studies by shifting east to:

French Naval Order of Battle at Aboukir Bay (Battle of the Nile): 1-2 August 1798

Tim Reese provides us with his original artwork:

Uniforms of the French Hussars: 1804-1813

More from Tony Broughton on French generals:

Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789 - 1814: Cabannes de Puymisson to Cazals

Ludovic Isnard looks at the Swedish army:

Organisation des armées suédoises: Période 1790-1815

Roberto Scattolin writes a thought provoking essay on Spanish nationalism:

An Analysis of Shared Values: Spain 1808

Don Graves reviews:

Wellington's Navy: Sea Power and the Peninsular War 1807 - 1814

31 March 2006

João Centeno and Donald E. Graves brings us a very rare item -- the diary of a Spanish civilian caught in Badajoz during the siege of 1811!

At dawn, great firing was heard:" A Spanish Eyewitness to the Sieges of Badajoz, 1811

Marikska Pool and Mark van Hattem, curators at the Royal Netherlands Army and Arms Museum, brings to the life the adventures of a Dutch surgeon serving with the French Army in the 1812 Campaign in Russia and who was captured by cossacks. They draw heavily on his memoirs and illustrate it with personal items used by the doctor!

To Delft via Archangelsk: H.T. Verhoef (1790-1865) and His Uniform Jacket

Luis Sorando Muzás looks at how the Vistula Lancers lost their standards in Spain:

The Standards of the Vístula Lancers
El Estandarte de los Lanceros Del Vístula (in Spanish)

Greg Gorsuch finishes his translation of the Tenth Book of St. Hilaire's The History of the Imperial Guard:

Chapter III: A Great Review in the Court of Tuileries

Tony Broughton continues his study of French generals:

Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789 - 1814: Bicquilley to Butraud

Roberto Scattolin looks at Marengo in:

Clash of Arms:  Marengo, 14 June 1800

Anthony Dawson looks at British artillery:

Wellington’s Big Bang: the British 12-pounders

Alan Callender updates several of his bibliographies:

A List of Material added to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France's Gallica Site: 2006

A List of Material added to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France's Gallica Site: 2005

A Bibliography of French "Staff" Histories

We close with a review by Diane of Parkinson of

Napoleon for Dummies

15 March 2006

Roberto A. Scattolin looks at the 1796 predecessor the French Imperial Guard:

By Order of the Commander-in-Chief: the Origin of the Guides-à-cheval

More French generals from Tony Broughton!

Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789 - 1814 Part Two: Bache to Beysser

Issue #2 of the The War of 1812 Magazine. Check the Table of Contents for all of this issue's material, including:

Editorial: the Way Ahead: by John R. Grodzinski

Articles

Constitution's Full Load of Ammuniton, 1812 by Commander Tyrone G. Martin, U. S. Navy (Retired)

A Collective Biography of the General Officers of the United States Army in the War of 1812: Part I: The Class of 1812 by Donald E. Graves

"The mysteries of the school at Woolwich:" Royal Artillery Training and Texts, c. 1750-1850. by Donald E. Graves

Dispatches

A readers’ section offering correspondence, inquiries and discussion on the War of 1812.

1004: Why did Major-General Wade Hampton and Major General James Wilkinson hate each other?

1005: How good was the performance of the Provincial Marine during 1812?

1006: How did discipline in the American Army compare to that with the British?

1007: There is a folk song called "MacDonnell on the Heights".  What does it have to do with the War of 1812?

Documents, Artefacts and Imagery

In Their Own Words -- Aboriginal Leaders and the War of 1812 Compiled by D.E. Graves

"To the wonder of the industrious peasant:" The Victory Ball in Montreal by Dianne Burton-Graves

A Discharge Certificate from the Kentucky Volunteer Militia

Reviews: Books, Film, Collectables and Ephemera

Minor Literature of the War of 1812 Reviewed by: Donald E. Graves

The Final Invasion: Plattsburgh, the War of 1812’s Most Decisive Victory.” Reviewed by John Grodzinski

Two War of 1812 Titles that Should not be Overlooked Reviewed by: Donald E. Graves

Miscellaneous

The War of 1812: A Bicentennial in the Making by John Grodzinski

28 February 2006

Tony Broughton begins a new project on general officers in French service. Eventually he hopes to have over 2,000 short biographies of:

Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789 - 1814 Part One: Abbatucci to Azemar

Anthony Dawson examines the problems encountered by British artillery in the early days of the Peninsular War:

Some Notes on the Royal Artillery in the Peninsula 1808

Stephen Millar looks at the politics in the execution of Marshal Ney in:

"Pour encourager les autres": The Trial and Execution of Marshal Michel Ney

Greg Gorsuch continues with his translation of St. Hilaire's The History of the Imperial Guard, this time with the Tenth Book, which covers 1810:

Chapter I: Increases in the Imperial Guard
Chapter II: List of Names

We close with a review by Nicholas Dunne-Lynch of:

Napoleon's Irish Legion

15 February 2006

Tony Broughton continues his article on the generals promoted during the 100 Days

Officers promoted from the rank of General-de-Brigade to General-de-Division and one to the rank of Marechal

Stephen Millar looks at the revenge taken by King Louis XVIII after the 100 Days:

Peers Removed from the Chamber on 24 July 1815 by King Louis XVIII

More of Alexander Mikaberidze's transcription The Mémorial de Sainte Hélène: Journal of the Private Life and Conversations of the Emperor Napoleon at Saint Helena:

Embarkation of the Emperor
Embarkation of Napoleon on Board the Bellerophon
Summary Dictated by Napoleon Himself
Ministerial Decision

Ludovic Isnard continues his study of theSavoy - Piedmont - Sardinian Armies from 1792 - 1815.

Part III: Enlisting into the French army December 1798 –1799

Alexander Mikaberidze examines Russian casualties at Austerlitz and the fate of thousands of wounded who were left behind in:

A Few Notes on the Russian Losses at Austerlitz

Kevin Kiley reviews Peter Tsouras'

The Daily Telegraph Dictionary of Military Quotations

31 January 2006

In another first for the Napoleon Series, we are hosting a new magazine dedicated to the War of 1812 -- that often neglected part of the Napoleonic Wars that was fought mainly in North America! The War of 1812 Magazine will be published monthly and is edited by John Grodzinski. Each issue will have a Table of Contents. The first issue consists of:

Articles

"For want of this precaution ... many Men lose their Arms:" Official, Semi-Official and Unofficial American Artillery Texts, 1775-1815. An introduction to a series of articles by Donald E. Graves.

"For want of this precaution ... many Men lose their Arms" Official, Semi-Official and Unofficial American Artillery Texts, 1775-1815. In the first of a series of articles, Donald E. Graves examines American artillery literature from the Revolution to the War of 1812.

Command and Control in Upper Canada. by John R. Grodzinski. An overview of the command and formation organization employed by the British in Upper Canada during the War of 1812.

Dispatches

A readers’ section offering correspondence, inquiries and discussion on the War of 1812. The editors of the War of 1812 Magazine invite queries but please note that we cannot answer questions relating to genealogy. Those interested in such matters are directed to the many websites that specialize in this type of research. Thanks to Donald E. Graves for answering the first inquiries for this section. Please send your inquiries to the Editor

Note that each letter or inquiry is numbered, so they can be referred in future by that number, such as 1001.

1001. Uniforms and equipment of the Canadian Voltiguers

1002. Organization of an American Infantry Regiment during the War of 1812

1003. Who won the War of 1812?

Documents, Artefacts and Imagery

"As long as the powder burnt, to kill and scalp": An Ottawa Chief Talks Plain to the White Man, 15 July 1813. Text of a speech given by the Ottawa Chief Blackbird

Great Advantages to Those Who Enlist. A recruiting poster for the Glengarry Light Infantry Fencibles”

HMS St Lawrence. An image of a model of the largest vessel to serve on the Great Lakes

Fort Erie. A modern view of defile that stopped the British from exploiting their gains at Fort Erie in August 1814.

The Champlain Society Digital Collection. An introduction to this important series of published documents on the War of 1812

Reviews: Books, Film, Collectables and Ephemera

GI Joe Move Over: Donald E. Graves Reviews the Modellor’s Loft Napoleonic Series Royal Scots Figure

We also have a full line up of other articles:

Greg Gorsuch finishes his translation of the Ninth Book of St. Hilaire's The History of the Imperial Guard:

Chapter III: The Guard during the Austrian Campaign, 1809
Chapter IV: Types of Various Corps of the Guard

Tony Broughton continues his study fo the French Generals at Waterloo:

Generals de Brigade: La Barre - Zaepfel

Stephen Millar provides us with a biography of the only man to serve at both Trafalgar and Waterloo!

At Trafalgar and Waterloo: Don Miguel-Ricardo de Alava

Ludovic Isnard examines the French Alliance in the second part of his article on the organization of the Savoy - Piedmont - Sardinian Armies from 1792 - 1815.

Part II: The French Alliance (May 1796 - December 1798)

We close with a review by of: Frank van den Bergh:

In the Wake of Napoleon: The Dutch in Time of War, 1792-1815

15 January 2006

We start 2006 with a an incredible variety of articles and other material!

In another first for the Napoleon Series, Alexander Mikaberidze has transcribed The Mémorial de Sainte Hélène: Journal of the Private Life and Conversations of the Emperor Napoleon at Saint Helena By Count Emmanuel De Las Cases! The first installment is:

Return Of The Emperor To The Elysée After The Battle Of Waterloo  
The Abdication
Deputation Of The Chamber Of Peers-Caulincourt-Fouché
The Provisional Government Presented To The Emperor 
The Emperor Quits The Elysée   
The Minister Of Marine Comes To Malmaison       
Napoleon Quits Malmaison And Departs For Rochefort

In the first part of a three part series, Ludovic Isnard looks at organization of the Savoy - Piedmont - Sardinian Armies from 1792 - 1815.

Part I: War in the Alps (September 1792- May 1796)

A new study by Tony Broughton on the French Generals at Waterloo:

Generals de Brigade: Achard - Hugo

Greg Gorsuch continues with his translation of St. Hilaire's The History of the Imperial Guard, this time with the Ninth Book, which covers 1809:

Chapter I: Creation of New Regiments of Infantry Known as the Young Guard
Chapter II: List of Names

Stephen Millar takes to the high seas with his next project:

Deadly at Close-Range: His Majesty's Ship "Glatton" (1795-1814)

Don Graves provides a look at Napoleon's toiletry in:

The Emperor Up Close and Personal: Napoleon's Toilet Kit

Robert Mosher looks at how Napoleon used his Bulletins for a variety of different reasons:

Napoleon as Spin-Doctor and Mythmaker:  “To Lie Like a Bulletin…”

The year 2005 saw the Napoleon Series continue to grow at an incredible rate. We now have over 50,000 articles, reviews, images, maps, and other items. All are free to the public and the number of daily visitors is immense. We average over 50,000 files downloaded per day, while our monthly downloads average about 1.7 million! On any given day, we have over 600 mb of data downloaded! The forum continues to be the place for exchanging of ideas, with about 15,000 messages posted last year.

The Napoleon Series is truly a team effort. I first would like to thank all of those who contributed articles and material to our twice monthly update. These articles are the heart of the Series and are what make it the great place that it is! There were many different contributors and there were over 30 from a variety of countries: Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, Georgia, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the U.K., and the U.S.! If I forgot someone, please accept my apologies in advance!

Many people supported the Series over the past year. The first thank-you goes to the numerous people who donated items for our annual auction and also shopped at it! Their support allows us to keep the Series going!

We are also sponsored by Greenhill Books and the International Napoleonic Society. Their unwavering support over years has been instrumental to the continuing success of the Napoleon Series!

I would be amiss if I did not publicly thank all of the editors who are actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the Series. In alphabetical order are:

Tony Broughton, the Research Editor. He has always been there to answer even the most obscure question! Few are aware, that many of the images that we use to illustrate the articles come from his private collection!

Tom Holmberg, the Reviews Editor. Every review published on the Series is edited by Tom first! He is a font of knowledge on British laws and treaties and has provided many statistics for the Statistical Abstract.

David Markham, Editor and Liaison with the International Napoleonic Society. David provides us with much valuable support and coordination with our sponsor.

Our Forum Moderators and Editors: Howie Muir and David McCracken. The two of them have done a superb job keeping the Series reputation for having the most scholarly and civil of all Forums on the internet!

Alexander Mikaberidze, Editor. Alex is our resident expert on the Russian Army of our era and continues to bring to light material that had not been previously published in English.

I would like to close with by thanking Caroline Miley for running our 10th Anniversary Contest! s

 

Enjoy!!

Robert Burnham
Editor-in-Chief
The Napoleon Series

 

 



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