Research Subjects: Eyewitness Accounts

British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars: General Officers

By Robert Burnham

 

Adam, Frederick. "Waterloo Letter # 120, dated 1838" in Waterloo Letters. Herbert T. Siborne (ed.). London: Greenhill, 1993. Pages 275 - 278

Notes: was a major general and commanded the 3rd Brigade of General Clinton's 2nd Division at Waterloo.

Alten, Karl von. "Report to the Duke of Cambridge on the Conduct of Hanoverian Troops, dated 20 June 1815" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume II: German Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2010. Pages 73 - 78

Notes: was a lieutenant general and commanded the 3rd Division at Waterloo.

Anglesey, Marquess of. One-Leg: The Life and Letters of Henry William Paget First Marquess of Anglesey K.G. (1768-1854). Oxford: Reprint Society of London; 1961. 428 pages.

Notes: Heavily anotated, but contains numerous letters. Pages 41 - 154 cover the period 1793 - 1816.

Anstruther, Robert. “Extracts from Journal on the Corunna Campaign”. London Quarterly Review. Vol. LVI, April & June 1836.  Pages 105-118; 241-254.

Notes: Commanded a brigade in the Peninsula from August 1808 until death on 14 January 1809. Good description of Vimeiro.

Baird, David. The Life of General, the Right Honourable Sir David Baird. antique; 2 volumes; 1832. 448 & 442 pages.

Notes: Includes Egyptian and Coruna Campaigns.

Blayney, Andrew T.  Narrative of a Forced Journey through Spain and France, as a Prisoner of War, in the Years 1810 to 1814.  London: E. Kirby, 1814. 2 vols.

Blayney, Andrew T. Napoleon's Prisoner of War: Experiences of a British Officer During the Napoleonic Wars in Spain and France. Leonaur, 2009. 440 pages.

Brisbane, Thomas. Reminiscences of General Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane. Edinburgh: Privately Printed, 1860.

Notes: Commanded a Brigade in the 3rd Division 25 March 1813 - April 1814.

Bying, John. "Letter to the Duke of York, dated 19 June 1815" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume IV: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2012. Pages 143 - 144

Byng, John. "Waterloo Letters # 112 and 113, dated 2 November 1834 and 4 April 1835" in Waterloo Letters. Herbert T. Siborne (ed.). London: Greenhill, 1993. Pages 260 - 262

Notes: was a major general and commanded the 2nd Brigade of the 1st Division at Waterloo; by the end of the battle he commanded the division.

Clinton, Henry. "Letter to General Thomas Graham, dated 23 June 1815" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume I: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2010. Pages 150 - 153.

Notes: was a lieutenant general and commanded the 2nd Division at Waterloo.

Clinton, Henry. The Correspondence of Sir Henry Clinton in the Waterloo Campaign. 2 vols. edited by Gareth Glover. Godmanchester: Ken Trotman, 2015.

Notes: Covers August 1814 - September 1818; was a lieutenant general and commanded the 2nd Division at Waterloo.

Cole, Lowry. Memoirs of Sir Lowry Cole. Maud Cole (ed.). Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 2003. 271 pages.

Notes: Actually are letters written to various people between 1792 and 1831. First 200 pages deal with the Napoleonic Era.

Colville, Charles. "Letter # 198 dated 13 December 1842" in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Pages 303 - 304

Notes: was a lieutenant general and commanded the 4th Division at Waterloo.

Colville, John. A Portrait of a General: a Chronicle of the Napoleonic Wars. Salisbury: M. Russel; 1980. 246 Pages.

Combermere, Mary W. Memoirs and correspondence of Field-Marshal Viscount Combermere. London: Hurst and Blackett, 1866. 2 vols.

Notes: Papers of Stapleton Cotton.

Dalyrymple, Hew W. Memoir, Written by General Sir Hew Dalrymple, Bart. Of His Proceedings as Connected with the Affairs of Spain, and the Commencement of the Peninsular War. London: Thomas and William Boone, 1830.

Notes: Lieutenant Governor of Gibraltar 1806 – 1808. Commander-in-Chief Portugal until recalled in November 1808 to face Covention of Cintra Inquiry.

Dornberg, William. "Letter dated 12 November 1824" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume II: German Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2010. Pages 28 - 30

Notes: was a lieutenant general and commanded the 3rd Cavalry Brigade.

Dornberg, William. "Statements by General von Dornberg Regarding 15 and 16 June" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume V: German Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2013. Pages 11 - 12

Notes: was a lieutenant general and commanded the 3rd Cavalry Brigade.

Fullom, S. W. The Life of General Sir Howard Douglas, from His Notes, Conversations, and Correspondence. London: J. Murray, 1863. 440 pages.

Graham, Thomas. A Contemporary Account of the 1799 Campaign in Germany and Italy. George Nafziger (ed.). 5 vols. 2001- 2002. 753 pages.

Halkett, Colin. in With the 69th in the Waterloo Campaign. Darlington: Napoleonic Archive; n.d. 36 pages.

Notes: Primarily an account written by the regimental colour bearer, Ensign George Ainslie. Has General Colin Halkett's account of Quatre Bras.

Halkett, Colin. "Waterloo Letters # 135, 136, and 137; dated 5 November 1835, 21 March 1837, and 5 June 1839 " in Waterloo Letters. Herbert T. Siborne (ed.). London: Greenhill, 1993. Pages 320 - 324

Notes: was a major general and commanded the 5th Brigade 3rd Division at Waterloo.

Hill, Rowland. Lord Hill's Letters from the Peninsula. Darlington: Napoleonic Archive; (no date, probably 2003). 40 pages.

Notes: Over 60 letters. Several letters on Talavera, good descriptions of Arroyo Molinas and Almaraz.

Jones, John T. The Military Autobiography of Major General John T. Jones, Royal Engineers. Privately Printed; 1853.

Notes: Only 12 copies printed.

Kempt, James. "Letters to Major Generals James Gordon and Henry Bunbury, dated 19 June and 3 July 1815" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume IV: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2012. Pages 194 - 197

Notes: was a major general and commanded the 8th Brigade 5th Division at Waterloo.

Kempt, James. "Waterloo Letter # 148" in Waterloo Letters. Herbert T. Siborne (ed.). London: Greenhill, 1993. Pages 346 - 347

Notes: was a major general and commanded the 8th Brigade 5th Division at Waterloo.

Lambert, John. "Waterloo Letters # 170 and 171, dated 18 December 1834 and 2 April 1836" in Waterloo Letters. Herbert T. Siborne (ed.). London: Greenhill, 1993. Pages 391 - 393

Notes: was a major general and commanded the 10th Brigade 6th Division at Waterloo.

Le Marchant, Denis. Memoirs of the Late Major General Le Marchant. Staplehurst: Spellmount; 1997. 337 pages. ISBN: 1-873376-94-4

Notes: Full name was John Gaspard Le Marchant; served in Holland in 1793; Peninsula 1811 - 1812.

Long, Robert B. Peninsular Cavalry General (1811-13): The Correspondence of Lieutenant-General Robert Ballard Long. T. H. McGuffie(ed.) London: George G. Harrap; 1951. 304 pages.

MacKinnon, Henry. A Journal of the Campaign in Portugal and Spain, containing Remarks on the Inhabitants, Customs, Trade, and Cultivation, of Those Countries, from the Year 1809 to 1812 Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 1999. 103 pages.

Notes: Major General; commanded 1st Brigade of the 3rd Division. Killed at Ciudad Rodrigo. This journal was published along with John Malcolm's Reminiscences of a Campaign in the Pyrenees and South of France in 1814 by Ken Trotman in 1999 under the title: Two Peninsular War Journals.

Maitland, Peregrine. "Letter to the Duke of York, dated to 19 June 1815" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume IV: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2012. Pages 131 - 132

Notes: was a major general and commander of the 1st Infantry Brigade at Waterloo.

Maitland, Peregrine. "Waterloo Letter #105, dated 24 November 1834" in Waterloo Letters. Herbert T. Siborne (ed.). London: Greenhill, 1993. Pages 243 - 245

Notes: was a major general and commander of the 1st Infantry Brigade at Waterloo.

Money, John. An English General in the Army of Revolutionary France: 1792. West Chester: George Nafziger; 2001. 84 pages.

Moore, John. The Diary of Sir John Moore. J.F. Maurice (ed.) London: E. Arnold, 1904. 2 vols.

Nightingall, Miles.  “The Nightingall Letters”. Michael Glover (ed.). Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research. Vol. 51, 1973. Pages 129 – 154

Notes: Commanded a brigade in the 1st Division from 23 January - June 1811. Temporarily commanded 1st Division: May – June 1811. Letters cover time in Portugal from 1 February 1811 to 12 June 1811. Letters were written to Lieutenant General Alexander Ross, Regimental Colonel of the 59th Foot and Governor of Fort Saint George. Inverness.

Paget, Edward. Letters and Memorials of General Sir Edward Paget. Eden Paget (ed.), Privately printed in 1898. 189 pages

Notes: Only 50 copies were printed. Covers Flanders, the Mediterranean, Egypt, the Peninsula, Ceylon, and India.

Paget, Henry. "Various Letters Related to the Waterloo Campaign" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume III: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2011. Pages 4 -18

Notes: was the Earl of Uxbridge and lost his leg at Waterloo.

Paget, Henry. "Letters 3 - 6" in Waterloo Letters. Herbert T. Siborne (ed.). London: Greenhill, 1993. Pages 3 - 12..

Notes: was the Earl of Uxbridge and lost his leg at Waterloo.

Pakenham, Edward. The Pakenham Letters from the Peninsula. Darlington: Napoleonic Archive; nd. 39 pages.

Notes: Extracted from Pakenham Letters 1800 to 1815. Covers service from 26 March 1812 - 6 June 1814. Contains a letter from Captain Edward A.E. Wylly, dated 15 March 1815 describing the New Orleans campaign.

Pakenham Letters 1800 to 1815. Godmanchester: Ken Trotman, 2009. 261 pages.

Notes: Is a collection of letters mostly written by Edward Pakenham and covers West Indies 1800 - 1803, 1807 - 1809; Peninsula -1814. Also many letters from his brother Hercules Robert who was in the 95th Foot and on the staff.

Picton, Thomas. Memoirs of Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Picton. London: Richard Bentley; 1835. Two Volumes; 404 and 436 pages.

Notes:  These are not memoirs but letters written by General Picton and cover the period 1797 - 1815.  They contain much editorial comment and other material, including letters from associates of Picton.

Ponsonby, William. "Letter to His Mother, dated 11 June 1815" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume IV: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2012. Pages 51 - 53

Notes: was a major general and was killed at Waterloo; was the last letter he wrote to his mother.

Ponsonby, William. "Letter to General Henry Fane dated 28 May 1815" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume VI: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2014. Page 51

Notes: was a major general and killed at Waterloo.

Robinson, Frederick P. “A Peninsular Brigadier: Letters of Major-General Sir F.P. Robinson, K.C.B. Dealing with the Campaign of 1813”. C.T. Atkinson (ed.) Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research. Vol. 30, pages 153 – 170.

Notes: In the Peninsula from August 1812 – June 1814. Commanded a Brigade in the 5th Division: 9 March 1813 - April 1814. Temporarily commanded 5th Division: 14 April – ? April 1814. Eleven letters to his wife Anne and sisters. They range from 18 October 1812 to 9 October 1813.

Robinson, Frederick P. "The Expedition to Plattsburg, upon Lake Champlain, Canada 1814". C.W. Robinson (ed.) Journal of the Royal United Service Institution. Vol. 61, August 1916. Pages 499 - 522

Notes: Journal is on pages 506 - 519

Somerset, Edward. "Letter to His Mother, dated 23 June 1815" n Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume VI: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2014. Pages 16 - 21,

Notes: Commanded 1st Cavalry Brigade at Waterloo.

Somerset, Edward. "Waterloo Letter #18, dated 4 April 1835" in Waterloo Letters. Herbert T. Siborne (ed.). London: Greenhill, 1993. Pages 39 - 42

Notes: was a lieuteant general and commanded the Household Brigade at Waterloo.

Stewart, William. The Cumloden Papers. Edinburgh: Privately published; 1881. 335 pages

Notes: Only 50 copies published. Includes preface, correspondence with Lord Nelson, official correspondence with Wellington, and Journal of the Baltic Expedition in 1801.

Taylor, Herbert. The Taylor Papers: being a Record of Certain Reminiscences, Letters, and Journals in the Life of Lieut.-Gen. Sir Herbert Taylor. Nabu Press, 2011. 576 pages.

Notes: was a major general; pages 85 - 163 cover the British campaign in the Low Countries in 1813 - 1814.

Vandeleur, John. "Waterloo Letters # 51 and 52, dated October 1836 and 1 November 1845" in Waterloo Letters. Herbert T. Siborne (ed.). London: Greenhill, 1993. Pages 105 - 107

Notes: was a major general; commanded 4th Cavalry Brigade at Waterloo.

Vivian, Richard H. Richard Hussey Vivian: A Memoir. Claud Vivian (ed.) Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 2003. 342 pages.

Notes: Was commissoned in the 20th Foot, but exchanged to the 54th Regiment in 1793; exchanged into the 28th Regiment in 1794 and saw extensive service in Flanders. In 1798, he exchanged into the 7th Hussars; in 1804 into the 25th Light Dragoons, then back into the 7th Hussars. Led the regiment in the Corunna Campaign and then back to the Peninsula with them in 1813, where he became the brigade commander. Commanded a cavalry brigade in the Waterloo Campaign.

Vivian, Richard H. "Letters, various dates" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume IV: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2012. Pages 61 - 67

Notes: was a major general and commander of the 6th Cavalry Brigade at Waterloo.

Vivian, Richard H. "Waterloo Letters # 70 - 74, various dates" in Waterloo Letters. Herbert T. Siborne (ed.). London: Greenhill, 1993. Pages 147 - 164

Notes: was a major general and commander of the 6th Cavalry Brigade at Waterloo.

Vivian, Richard H. "Correspondence Concerning the Death of Major Edward Hodge" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume VI: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2014. Pages 91 -94

Notes: was a major general and commander of the 6th Cavalry Brigade at Waterloo.

Wellington, Duke of. The Dispatches of Field Marshal the Duke of Wellington, During his Various Campaigns in India Denmark, Portugal, Spain, the Low Countries, and France, from 1799 to 1818. John Gurwood (ed.). 13 vols. London: John Murray; 1834-9

Wellington, Duke of. Supplementary Dispatches, Correspondence, and Memoranda of Field Marshal Arthur Duke of Wellington, K.G. 2nd Duke of Wellington (ed.). Vols. vi-xiv. London: John Murray; 1860-1871.

Wheatley, William. “Letters from the Front, 1812”. G.E. Hubbard (ed.) United Services Magazine; Vol. 58, 1919. pages 432 – 451.

Notes: Commanded a brigade in 1st Division Brigade from 7 May - 1 September 1812. Letters were to his wife and cover 19 March – 15 August 1812.

Wheatley, William. "Letters from the Front, 1812". G.E. Hubbard (ed.). United Services Magazine, Vol. LVIII, 1919. Pages 432 - 453

Notes: Covers his time as Brigade Commander in 1st Division in the Peninsular Army.

Whittingham, Samuel F. A Memoir of the Services of Lieutenant-General Sir Samuel Ford Whittingham. London: Longmans, 1868.  531 Pages

Notes: In Peninsula from August 1808 – January 1809; November 1809 – April 1814. Was a DAQMG. In November 1809became liaison to Spanish Army. Became a general in the Spanish Army and commanded a cavalry division.

 

Placed on the Napoleon Series: September 2013; last updated October 2016

 

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