British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815
Nightingall, Miles

By: Ron McGuigan

Nightingall, Miles (25 December 1768 -  19 September 1829)

Sometimes spelt as Nightingale.  Believed to be a natural son of  General 1st Marquess Cornwallis.

Ensign 52nd Foot 1787, Lieutenant 52nd Foot 1788, Captain 125th Foot* 1794, Major 121st Foot+ 1795, Lieutenant Colonel 115th Foot+ 1795, Lieutenant Colonel 92nd Foot+ 1795, Lieutenant Colonel 38th Foot 1795, Lieutenant Colonel 51st Foot 1802, Lieutenant Colonel 69th Foot 1806, Brevet Colonel 1803, Brigadier General on the Staff 1808-1810, Major General 1810, Lieutenant General 1814. * disbanded 1796. + disbanded 1795.

Early service: India 1788-1794 and as Brigade Major 1790, Aide-de-Camp and Brigade Major Home Staff 1795-1796, Deputy Adjutant-General West Indies 1796-1798 and Adjutant-General, Ireland 1798, West Indies 1799, Helder 1799, Deputy Quartermaster-General  Quiberon 1800,  Assistant Quartermaster-General Home Staff 1801, Quartermaster-General India 1803-1807,  brigade Mediterranean 1808. 

Portugal & Spain: Commanded 3rd Brigade Portugal and at Vimeiro 1808. Commanded brigade Portugal 1808. Appointed to Moore's army in Spain but left on leave of absence 1808.

Peninsular War: Commanded brigade 1st Division January - June 1811. Commanded temporarily 1st Division May 1811 and wounded at Fuentes de Onoro May 1811. Left on appointment to staff in India 1811.

Other service: On Home Staff 1809-1810. On staff India 1812-1819 and as Commander-in-Chief Java 1813-1815 and Commander-in-Chief Bombay Presidency 1815-1819.

KCB 1815.  MP 1820-1829.  Colonel of 6th West India Regiment 1815-1817, 49th Foot 1820-1829

 

Placed on the Napoleon Series: August 2006; updated July 2012

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