Research Subjects: Eyewitness Accounts

British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars: the Quarter-Master-General's Department

By Robert Burnham

The Quarter-Master-General's Department was responsible for equipment, quartering, routes, and disposition of formations in the army. At the army level it consisted of the Quarter-Master-General, a Deputy Quarter-Master-General, Assistant Quarter-Master-Generals, and Deputy Assistant Quarter-Master-Generals. A division would have an Assistant Quarter-Master-General, and a Deputy Assistant Quarter-Master-General assigned to it.

Anonymous. An Account of the Battle of Waterloo. Upton: Gosling Press; 1993.

Anonymous. "The British Campaign of 1809 under Sir A. Wellesley" published in William Maxwell's Peninsular Sketches; by Actors on the Scene Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 1998. Two Volumes; 389 and 399 pages.

Notes: Vol 1; Pages 64 - 217

Bunbury, Henry. Narratives of Some Passages in the Great War with France: 1799-1810. London: Peter Davies; 1927. 324 pages.

Notes: Served in Holland and in the Mediterranean; never in the Peninsula; great detail on the Egypt Campaign -- where he never served.

Dawson, George L. "Letter # 11 " in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Page 37

Notes: was a captain in the 1st Dragoon Guards; was an assistant quarter-master-general at Waterloo.

D'Urban, Benjamin. The Peninsular War Journal: 1808-1817 London: Greenhill Napoleonic Library; 1988. 385 pages. ISBN: 0-947898-87-5

Notes: Served as a staff officer to Robert Wilson; as Quarter Master General to Marshal Beresford; commanded brigade of Portuguese Cavalry (1st, 11th, and 12th Regiments) in 1812.

Gomm, William M. A Staff Officer in the Peninsula. Stephen Maughan (ed.) Darlington: Napoleonic Archive; n.d. 40 pages.

Gomm, William M. Letters and Journals of Sir WIlliam Maynard Gomm in the Waterloo Campaign . Stephen Maughan (ed.) Darlington: Napoleonic Archive; n.d. 28 pages.

Gomm, William M. Letters and Journals of Field-Marshal Sir William Maynard Gomm from 1799 to Waterloo 1815. Francis Carr-Gomm (ed.) .London: John Murray; 1881. 390 pages. Copy.

Notes: Holland, 1799; Hanover, 1806; Copenhagen; went to staff college and served on Army Quarter Master General staff for rest of service; Straslund, 1808; Rolica; Vimiero; Coruna; Walcheren; Peninsula 1810 - 1814; Waterloo.

Gomm, William M. "Waterloo Letters # 12 - 14, dated 7 December 1836, 5 January 1837, and 9 April 1838 " in Waterloo Letters. Herbert T. Siborne (ed.). London: Greenhill, 1993. Pages 22 - 31

Notes: was a lieutenant colonel and assistant quarter-master-general in the 5th Division at Waterloo; was in 2nd Battalion 2nd Foot Guards.

Greenock, Charles M. "Waterloo Letter #7, dated 21 January 1835" in Waterloo Letters. Herbert T. Siborne (ed.). London: Greenhill, 1993. Pages 12 - 16.

Notes: was Lord Greenock; lieutenant colonel and assistant quarter-master-general to the cavalry at Waterloo.

Greenock, Charles M. "Letters # 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 " in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Pages 31 - 37

Notes: was Lord Greenock; lieutenant colonel and assistant quarter-master-general to the cavalry at Waterloo.

Greenock, Charles M. "Letter to General Thomas Graham, dated 1 July 1815" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume IV: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2012. Pages 3 - 6

Notes: was Lord Greenock; lieutenant colonel and assistant quarter-master-general to the cavalry at Waterloo.

Healey, Edward. "An Undergroom at War-- Edward Healey, 1815" in David Chandler's On the Napoleonic Wars. London: Greenhill, 1994.

Notes: pages 214 - 229. Was the undergroom for Lieutenant Colonel George Scovell, Royal Staff Corps, who was an AQMG at Waterloo.

Hervey, Felton. "Waterloo Letter" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume I: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2010. Page 5.

Notes: Served as Assistant Quartermaster General on General Cooke's staff.

Jackson, Basil. "Regarding Lieutenant Arthur Gore, 33rd Foot" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume VI: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2014. Pages 181 - 182

Notes: was a member of the Royal Staff Corps at Waterloo.

Kelly, Dawson. "Waterloo Letters #145 and 146, dated 26 November 1834" in Waterloo Letters. Herbert T. Siborne (ed.). London: Greenhill, 1993. Pages 339 - 342

Notes: was an assistant quarter-master-general at Waterloo, but assumed command of the regiment by the end of the day.

Pierrepoint, Charles A. The Corunna Journal of Captian C. A. Pierrepoint AQMG. Huntingeon: Ken Trotman; 2005. 52 pages.

Notes: was an assistant quarter-master-general in General Paget's Reserve Division in the Corunna Campaign of 1808 - 1809

Porter, Robert Ker. Letters from Portugal and Spain, Written during the March of the British Troops under Sir John Moore Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 1985.

Notes: Years 1808 - 1809; served on Moore's staff.

Scovell, George. "Undated Report" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume III: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2011. Pages 1 - 3

Notes: was a lieutenant colonel and an assistant quarter-master-general in the Quartermaster General's Office.

Shaw, James. "Letter # 137, dated 18 March 1842" in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Pages 213 - 214

Notes: was a captain in the 43rd Foot and served as the assistant quarter-master-general assigned to the 3rd Division at Waterloo.

Shaw-Kennedy, James. Notes on the Battle of Waterloo Staplehurst: Spellmount; 2003. 213 pages. ISBN: 1-86227-166-6

Notes: was a captain in the 43rd Foot and served as the assistant quarter-master-general assigned to the 3rd Division at Waterloo, which was commanded by Lieutenant General Charles Alten.

Sichart, Lewis von. "Letter # 15, dated 10 July 1836" in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Pages 42 - 43

Notes: was a lieutenant in the 2nd Line Battalion King's German Legion; was attached to the KGL Staff at Waterloo.

Sorell, Thomas S. Notes on the Campaign of 1808-1809, in the North of Spain: in Reference to Some Passages in Lieut. Col. Napier's History of the War in the Peninsula, and in Sir Walter Scott's Life of Napoleon BonaparteLondon: J. Murray, 1828. 53 pages.

Stanhope. James H. A Staff Officer in the Peninsula and at Waterloo: the Letters of the Honourable Lieutenant Colonel James Stanhope 1st Foot Guards 1809-15. Gareth Glover (ed.) Godmanchester: Ken Trotman, 2007. 44 pages.

Stanhope. James H. Eyewitness ot the Peninsular War and the Battle of Waterloo: the Letters and Journals of Lieutenant Colonel the Honourable James Stanhope 1803 to 1825. Gareth Glover (ed.) Barnsley: Pen and Sword, 2010. 258 pages.

Notes: Was in 1st Foot Guards; ADC to Sir John Moore in Corunna Campaign, General Thomas Graham at Cadiz; possibly Wellington at Ciudad Rodrigo; left Peninsula in the early summer of 1812, but returned in fall as the ADC to General Paget; was a deputy assistant quarter-master-general and was serverely wounded during the siege of San Sebastian. Returned back to England in summer of 1813, was an ADC to the Duke of York and then served with General Graham in Holland in 1813 and 1814. Was with his regiment at Waterloo.

Vere, Charles Broke. Marches, Movements, and Operations, of the 4th Division of the Allied Army, in Spain and Portugal, in the Years 1810, 1811, & 1812 Ipswich: R. Deck; 1841. 44 pages.

Notes: was a major in the 5th Regiment 4 February 1808; made brevet lieutenant colonel on 27 April 1812. Served as the assistant quarter-master-general of the 4th Division from 7 Febraruy 1811. Last entry is 28 November 1812.

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.

Woodford, John G. "Letter to His Brother Alexander, dated 19 June 1815" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume IV: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2012. Pages 6 - 7

Notes: was a lieutenant colonel and extra aide-de-camp to Wellington; was in 1st Battalion 1st Foot Guards, but initially served as an assistant quarter-master-general in General Charles Coleville's 4th Division at Waterloo.

 

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