Research Subjects: Eyewitness Accounts


General Officers

The Staff

Artillery

Cavalry

Engineers

Infantry

KGL

Portuguese

Commissariat

Medical

Enlisted

Miscellaneous


British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars

By Robert Burnham

In 1913, Sir Charles Oman, noted author of A History of the Peninsular War wrote a book that chronicled many aspects of the British Army under Lord Wellington. This book, Wellington's Army, 1809 - 1814, consisted of a series of chapters on a wide variety of topics, many of interest to the general reader. More importantly, however, he wrote about the myriad of sources that were then available to those who wish to research the British Army of the Napoleonic Wars. In the back of the book, he lists eight pages of primary sources, chiefly memoirs and diaries of those who fought under his command. This listing is by regiment (e.g. 18th Hussars or 95th Rifles), position (staff), branch of service (e.g. engineers, artillery, or chaplains), and those who were seconded to the Portuguese or attached to the Spanish.

Although the listing is quite extensive it only covers those officers who served in the Peninsula War. Those who served in other theaters of the war (e.g. Bunbury) or just at Waterloo (e.g. Mercer) were not included. Unfortunately his listing is also 85 years old and does not include the memoirs that have been published since 1913. I have decided to update his listing to include any memoirs or diary of an individual who served in the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars, not just the Peninsular War. Because I see my listing as a research tool, I have only included those books that I could verify are still in existence. Oman lists 106 books, of which I have found 37. In addition to these, my list includes another 40, which are not included on his list. On this list one can find the standard memoirs, such as the famous ones of the officers and men who served with the 95th Rifles (Leach, Kincaid, and Harris among others) and ones of units that were in existence for a relatively short period such as the Battalion of Detachments in the Peninsular War. These memoirs range from Holland in the 1790s, to Egypt, Copenhagen, the Mediterrean, South America, the Iberian Peninsula, Holland in 1809 and 1814, the Waterloo Campaign, and the battle of New Orleans.

To assist the researcher, I have kept the same basic format as Oman, but have included publisher and ISBN when available. Additionally I have briefly listed the years and campaigns that each book covers. Finally I have included separate sections for General Officers and enlisted soldiers. When a soldier served in several units, the book is listed under each of the units.

The books are cataloged under the following headings:

General Officers

The Staff

Artillery

Cavalry (By Regiment)

Engineers

Infantry (By Regiment)

The King's German Legion (By Unit)

Officers in Portuguese Service

Commissariat

Medical Department

Enlisted Memoirs

Miscellaneous

The list is by no means complete. I have acquired virtually every memoir that has been published in recent years, but some, generally due to cost, still elude me. As new books come available, I will update this list. For those of you who have a set of memoirs or a diary that is not included on the list, I would appreciate you contacting me so that I can include it.

 

General Officers

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.

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

Cole, Maud L. (Ed.) Memoirs of Sir Lowry Cole 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.

Graham, Thomas. A Contemporary Account of the 1799 Campaign in Germany and Italy George Nafziger (Editor). (Vol. 1) 2001. 153 pages. ISBN: 1-58545-0783-9

Graham, Thomas. A Contemporary Account of the 1799 Campaign in Germany and Italy George Nafziger (Editor). (Vol. 2) 2002. 115 pages. ISBN: 1-58545-088-X

Graham, Thomas. A Contemporary Account of the 1799 Campaign in Germany and Switzerland George Nafziger (Editor). (Vol. 3) 2002. 150 pages. ISBN: 1-58545-089-8

Graham, Thomas. A Contemporary Account of the 1799 Campaign in Italy George Nafziger (Editor). (Vol. 4) 2002. 135 pages. ISBN: 1-58545-090-1

Graham, Thomas. A Contemporary Account of the 1799 Campaign in Holland George Nafziger (Editor). (Vol. 5) 2002. 180 pages. ISBN: 1-58545-091-X

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.

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.

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.

McGuffie, T. H. Peninsular Cavalry General (1811-13): The Correspondence of Lieutenant-General Robert Ballard Long 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. ISBN: 0-946879-74-5

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.

Von Ompteda, Louis (Editor). In the King's German Legion: Memoirs of Baron Ompteda, Colonel in the King's German Legion during the Napoleonic Wars Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 1987. 328 pages. ISBN: 0-946879-21-4

Notes: Full name was Christian von Ompteda; 1793 - 1815; commanded 1st Light Battalion in 1812; 5th Line Battalion in 1813; Brigadier in 1815.

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.

 

The Staff

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

Boutflower, Charles. The Journal of an Army Surgeon during the Peninsular War Staplehurst: Spellmount; 1997. 193 pages; ISBN: 1-873376-85-5

Notes: With 40th Regiment August, 1809 November, 1812; served as the 4th Division (Hill’s Division) surgeon from November, 1812 May, 1813.

Buckham, E. Personal Narrative of Adventures in the Peninsula during the War in 1812 -13 Cambridge : Ken Trotman; 1995., 339 pages. ISBN: 0-946879-57-5

Notes:  It is written by an officer in the Staff Corps Regiment of Cavalry, yet his duty was primarily as a commissary officer. Great descriptions of Almeida and buying cattle for the army.

Buckley, Roger N. The Napoleonic War Journal of Captain Thomas Henry Browne: 1807-1816 London: Army Records Society; 1987. 388 pages. ISBN: 0-370-31121-3

Notes: Was in 23rd Fusiliers until 1812; served as Adjutant General's Office in Wellington's HQ.

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.

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

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

Daniel, John Edgecombe. Journal of an Officer in the Commissariat Department: 1811 - 1815 Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 1997.503 pages. ISBN: 0-946879-62-1

Notes: Served in the Peninsula from 1811 - 1814; Waterloo. Was initially on the Army staff; transferred to 3rd Division in early 1813.

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.

Fereday, R.P. (Ed.) The Autobiography of Samuel Laing of Papdale: 1780 - 1868 Kirkwall, Orkney: Bellavista Publications; 2000. 326 pages. ISBN: 0-9525350-5-X

Notes: Laing served as ane ensign in the Royal Staff Corps from 1805 - 1809. Parcipated in the Corunna Campaign and was at Rolica, Vimerio, and Corunna. Pages 95 - 130 cover his time in the army.

Hay, Andrew Leith. A Narrative of the Peninsular War London: John Hearse; 1850. Copy. 445 pages.

Notes: ADC to his uncle, General Leith.

Hibbert, Christopher. Captain Gronow: His Reminiscences of Regency and Victorian Life: 1810 - 60 London: Kyle Cathie Limited; 1991. 332 pages. ISBN: 1-85626-013-5

Notes: Served with 2nd Battalion 1st Foot Guards in Peninsula from 1813 - 1814; ADC to Picton during Waterloo Campaign

Jones, Rice. An Engineer Officer under Wellington in the Peninsula Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 1986. PB 128 pages. ISBN: 0-946879-17-6

Notes: Was the staff engineer for the Light Division; letters from 1793 - 1812.

Larpent, George. The Private Journal of F.S. Larpent, Judge Advocate General of the British Forces in the Peninsula Attached to the Head-quarters of Lord Wellington During the Peninsular War from 1812 to its Close Staplehurst: Spellmount; 2000. 600 pages. ISBN: 1-86227-100-3

Notes: This is from the 3rd Edition which was printed in 1854.

Larpent, George. The Private Journal of F.S. Larpent, Judge Advocate General of the British Forces in the Peninsula Attached to the Head-quarters of Lord Wellington During the Peninsular War from 1812 to its Close London: Richard Bentley; 1853. 3 volumes; 315, 317, & 301 pages. Copy.

Notes: Little on military justice, but much on life in the British army at the time.

Muir, Rory. At Wellington’s Right Hand: the Letters of Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Alexander Gordon, 1808 – 1815. (Publications of the Army Records Society, v. 21.) Phoenix Mill, UK: Sutton, 2003.  ISBN# 0750933801.  458 pages.

Notes: Served on the staff of General David Baird in the Corunna Campaign and as Aide-de-Camp to Wellington from 1809 - 1815. Was killed at Waterloo.

Napier, William (Editor). The Early Military Life of General Sir George T. Napier London: John Murray; 1886. 254 pages. Copy.

Notes: Sweden 1808; on staff of Sir John Moore at Coruna; in 52nd Regiment in Peninsula from 1809 - 1812; lost arm at Ciudad Rodrigo & invalided home; rejoins regiment in 1814 in France; transfers to 71st Infantry as commander through rest of Peninsula War; transfers to command company of 3rd Guards, but does not mention Waterloo.

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.

Page, Julia (Editor). Intelligence Officer in the Peninsula: Letters & Diaries of Major the Hon. Edward Charles Cocks 1786 - 1812 New York: Hippocrene Books; 1986. 255 pages. ISBN: 0-87052-310-4

Notes: 1808 - 1812; served also with 16th Light Dragoons and 79th Infantry.

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

Porter, Robert Ker. Letters from Portugal and Spain, Written during the March of the British Troops under Sir John Moore Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 1985. 336 pages. ISBN: 0-946879-10-9

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

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

Notes: In the 43rd Light Infantry, but served on the Quartermast-General's staff of the 3rd Division at Waterloo, which was commanded by Lieutenant General Charles Alten.

Smith, Harry. The Autobiography of Sir Harry Smith: 1787 - 1819 London: Constable; 1999. 333 pages. ISBN: 0-09479-740-4

Notes: 1st Battalion; Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Coruna, Peninsula 1809 - 1814; Washington, New Orleans; Brigade Major for General Lambert's brigade at Waterloo.

Thornton, James. Your Most Obedient Servant: James Thornton Cook to the Duke of Wellington Exeter: Webb & Bower; 1985. 120 pages. ISBN: 0-89350-089-7

Notes: Served with Wellington 1811 - 1820; is an interview rather than memoirs.

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 quartermaster-general of the 4th Division from 7 Febraruy 1811. Last entry is 28 November 1812.

Warre, William. Letters from the Peninsula: 1808 - 1812 Staplehurst: Spellmount; 1999. 231 pages. ISBN: 1-86227-037-6

Notes: Aide to General Ferguson at Rolica and Vimeiro; principal aide to Marshal Beresford from 1809 - 1812.

 

Artillery

Leslie, John H. (Editor). The Dickson Manuscripts: Being Diaries, Letters, Maps, Account Books, with Various Other Papers of the Late Major-General Sir Alexander Dickson 5 volumes; Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 1987. PB. 1190 pages total. ISBN: 0-946879-23-0, 0-946879-31-1; 0-946879-34-6; 0-946879-38-9; 0-946879-40-0

Notes: Years 1809 - 1813. Served with Portuguese Artillery before becoming chief of Wellington's siege trains.

Dyneley, Thomas. Letters Written by Lieut.-General Thomas Dyneley While on Active Service Between the Years 1806 and 1815 London: Ken Trotman; 1984. PB; 68 pages; ISBN: 0-946879-04-4

Notes: Was at Maida and the siege of Scylla; served in Peninsula with "E" Troop RHA as 2nd Captain from 1811-1813; was at Quatre Bras and Waterloo.

Hayter, Alethea (Editor). The Backbone: Diaries of a Military Family in the Napoleonic Wars Edinburgh: Pentland Press; 1993. 343 pages. ISBN: 1-85821-069-0

Notes: Diary was kept by John Henry Slessor, who eventually made Major-General. Was a Lieutenant-Colonel in 1814. Served in Ireland with the Royal Irish Artillery, joins 35th Infantry in 1806; serves at Gibraltar, Sicily, Egypt, as governor of the island of Zante, the Campaigns in the Adriatic, Northern Italy; participated in the Waterloo Campaign, but was in the 4th Division which saw no action. Book also includes mother's diary. She lived in Oporto during the French occupation of Portugal.

Mercer, Cavalie. Journal of the Waterloo Campaign Kept Throughout the Campaign of 1815 by the Late General Cavalie Mercer New York: Praeger; 1970. 402 pages.

Notes: Commanded troop of Royal Horse Artillery.

Wollocombe, Richard (Editor). With the Guns in the Peninsula: the Peninsula War Journal of Captain William Webber, Royal Artillery London: Greenhill; 1991. 196 pages. ISBN: 1-85367-108-8

Notes: 2nd Captain in Captain Maxwell's 9 pounder battery; August 1812 - June 1813.

 

Cavalry

 

1st Life Guards

Vansittart, Jane (Editor). Surgeon James's Journal: 1815 London: Cassell; 1964. 175 pages.

Notes: First name was Haddy; was Assistant Surgeon.

 

1st Royal Dragoons

Burroughs, George Frederick. A Narrative of the Retreat of the Army from Burgos in a Series of Letters with an Introductory Sketch of the Campaign of 1812 and Military Character of the Duke of Wellington Cambridge: Ken Trotman Military Monographs; 2004. 59 pages.

Was the assistant surgeon. First published in 1814.

Heathcote, Ralph. Letters of a Young Diplomatist and Soldier During the Time of Napoleon London: John Lane; date unknown (probably circa 1910). 326 pages.

Notes: Served at Copenhagen and in the Peninsula from 1809 - 1813.

 

1st KGL Hussars

Ludovici, Anthony (Editor). On the Road with Wellington: the Diary of a War Commissary in the Peninsular Campaigns New York: Alfred Knopf; 1925. 440 pages.

Notes: Author was August Ludolf Friedrich Schaumann; served in Peninsula from 1808 - 1813; at all major battles including retreat to Coruna; served with 1st KGL Hussars in 1810; 7th KGL Infantry in 1811; 9th Light Dragoons in 1812; 18th Hussars from 1812 - 1813.

 

2nd Royal North British Dragoons (Scots Greys)

Dickson; Corporal. Scots Greys at Waterloo. Darlington: Napoleonic Archive; n.d. 39 pages.

Notes: Primarily the account of Corporal Dickson of F Troop (Captain Vernon's Troop). A great description of the charge of the Union Brigade.

3rd King’s Own Dragoons

Cassels, Simon (Editor). Peninsular Portrait 1811 1814: the Letters of Captain William Bragge London: Oxford University Press; 1963. 167 pages.

Note: Signed copy by the editor.

 

7th Hussars

Daniel, John Edgecombe. Journal of an Officer in the Commissariat Department: 1811 - 1815 Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 1997.503 pages. ISBN: 0-946879-62-1

Notes: Served in the Peninsula from 1811 - 1814; Waterloo. Was initially on the Army staff; transferred to 3rd Division in early 1813; assigned to 7th Hussars for 1815 Campaign.

Hodge, Edward. With the 7th Hussars in the Peninsula: the Diary of Edward Hodge. Darlington: Napoleonic Archive; n.d. 59 pages.

Covers the Corunna Campaign only.

Verner, William. Reminiscences of William Verner (1782 - 1871) 7th Hussars London: Society for Army Historical Research; 1965. 60 pages.

Notes: Served in the Corunna Campaign; Peninsula from 1813 - 1814; Waterloo; Army of Occupation in France.

9th Light Dragoons

Ludovici, Anthony (Editor). On the Road with Wellington: the Diary of a War Commissary in the Peninsular Campaigns New York: Alfred Knopf; 1925. 440 pages.

Notes: Author was August Ludolf Friedrich Schaumann; served in Peninsula from 1808 - 1813; at all major battles including retreat to Coruna; served with 1st KGL Hussars in 1810; 7th KGL Infantry in 1811; 9th Light Dragoons in 1812; 18th Hussars from 1812 - 1813.

10th Hussars

Taylor, Thomas W. Letters of Captain Thomas William Taylor of the 10th Hussars, during the Waterloo Campaign from April 20th to August 2nd, 1815 Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 2002. 43 pages. Ken Trotman Military Monograph #4.

11th Light Dragoons

Farmer, George. The Light Dragoon Cambridge : Ken Trotman; 1999. 2 vols. 309 and 327 pages. ISBN: 0-946879-83-4

Notes: Posted to Peninsula in 1811 and promptly captured on 22 June, as part of Captain Lutyen's troop was surprised by the French. Served next two and a half years as a groom to Count Goldstein, the commander of the 1st Berg Lancers. Was in Dusseldorf in 1814, when Russians and Prussians occupied it; escaped to England in 1814; served at Waterloo. Great account of looting battlefield after Waterloo.

12th Light Dragoons

Hay, William. Reminiscences 1808 - 1815 Under Wellington Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 1992. 319 pages. ISBN: 0-946879-52-4

Notes: Served in 2/52nd Infantry until late 1811; then exchanged into 12th Dragoons. Most of the book is about his experiences in 12th Dragoons.

 

14th Light Dragoons

Hall, Francis. Recollections in Portugal and Spain during 1811 and 1812 Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 2003. 53 pages. Ken Trotman Military Monograph #10.

Notes: Served as a Cornet. Arrived in country February, 1811. Participated in the pursuit of Massena from Santarem to Sabugal and fought at Fuentes d'Orno. Wounded at Carpio on 25 September 1812 and returned to England in late 1812 as an invalid.

Hanley, William. "Capture of the Enemy's Picket at Blanchez Sanchez" published in William Maxwell's Peninsular Sketches; by Actors on the Scene Cambridge : Ken Trotman; 1998. Two Volumes; 389 and 399 pages.

Notes: Vol 2; Pages 380 - 388. Author was a NCO.

Perrett, Bryan (Editor). A Hawk at War: The Peninsular War Reminiscences of General Sir Thomas Brotherton Chippenham: Picton Publishing; 1986. 84 pages. ISBN: 0-948251-22-0

Notes: 1801 - 1814; Egypt and the Peninsula

Hawker, Peter. Journal of a Regimental Officer during the Recent Campaign in Portugal and Spain under Lord Viscount Wellington London: Ken Trotman; 1981. 143 pages; ISBN: 0-85368-407-3

Notes: 1809

 

15th Hussars

Anonymous. "British Cavalry on the Peninsula" Hanley, published in William Maxwell's Peninsular Sketches; by Actors on the Scene Cambridge : Ken Trotman; 1998. Two Volumes; 389 and 399 pages.

Notes: Vol 2; Pages 97 - 132. Covers 1813.

Gordon, Alexander. A Cavalry Officer in the Corunna Campaign: 1808 - 1809 Tyne & Wear: Worley Productions; 1990. 252 pages. ISBN: 1-869804-16-3

Notes: Contains Music and words to Ballad "Sahagun" and regimental call.

 

16th Light Dragoons

Page, Julia (Editor). Intelligence Officer in the Peninsula: Letters & Diaries of Major the Hon. Edward Charles Cocks 1786 - 1812 New York: Hippocrene Books; 1986. 255 pages. ISBN: 0-87052-310-4

Notes: 1808 - 1812; served also with 79th Infantry and as an intelligence officer in Wellington's Headquarters.

Tomkinson, William. The Diary of a Cavalry Officer in the Peninsular War and Waterloo: 1809-1815 London: Frederick Muller; 1971. 366 pages.

Notes: In Peninsula 1809 - 1813; Quatre Bras and Waterloo.

 

18th Hussars

Ludovici, Anthony (Editor). On the Road with Wellington: the Diary of a War Commissary in the Peninsular Campaigns New York: Alfred Knopf; 1925. 440 pages.

Notes: Author was August Ludolf Friedrich Schaumann; served in Peninsula from 1808 - 1813; at all major battles including retreat to Coruna; served with 1st KGL Hussars in 1810; 7th KGL Infantry in 1811; 9th Light Dragoons in 1812; 18th Hussars from 1812 - 1813.

 

York Hussars

Buckley, Roger N. (Editor). The Haitian Journal of Lieutenant Howard, York Hussars, 1796 - 1798 Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press; 1985. 250 pages. ISBN: 0-87049-476-7

Notes: Full name is Thomas Phipps Howard; regiment was disbanded in 1802.

 

Engineers

Jones, Harvey. "Seven Weeks Captivity in ST. Sebastian, in 1813" published in William Maxwell's Peninsular Sketches; by Actors on the Scene Cambridge : Ken Trotman; 1998. Two Volumes; 389 and 399 pages.

Notes: Vol 2;Pages: 286 - 311.

Jones, Rice. An Engineer Officer under Wellington in the Peninsula Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 1986. PB 128 pages. ISBN: 0-946879-17-6

Notes: Was the staff engineer for the Light Division; letters from 1793 - 1812.

 

Wrottesley, George. Life and Correspondence of Field Marshal Sir John Burgoyne London: Richard Bentley; 1873. 318 pages. 1st Volume only; copy.

Notes: Egypt 1806; Straslund; 1808; Coruna; Peninsula 1809 - 1814; New Orleans.

 

Infantry

1st Foot Guards

Batty, Robert. Campaign of the Left Wing of the Allied Army, in the Western Pyrenees and Sought of France in the Years 1813-1814 London : Ken Trotman; 1983. ISBN: 0-85368-596-7

Notes: Is a campaign study and contains little information on daily life and activities.

Beech, H. Eva. Joseph Boulcott of the Grenadier Guards: Baggage Master to the Duke of Wellington Privately published. No date. 29 pages. ISBN: 1-870331-93-1

Notes: This contains a short history of the Guards in the Napoleonic wars, one letter from Joseph Boulcott to his mother dated 9 October 1815, and miscellaneous information on the life of Boulcott.

Hibbert, Christopher (Editor). Captain Gronow: His Reminiscences of Regency and Victorian Life: 1810 - 60 London: Kyle Cathie Limited; 1991. 332 pages. ISBN: 1-85626-013-5

Notes: Served with 2nd Battalion in Peninsula from 1813 - 1814; ADC to Picton during Waterloo Campaign

 

2nd Foot Guards (Coldstream)

Fletcher, Ian (Editor). For God and Country: The Letters and Diaries of John Mills, Coldstream Guards 1811 - 1814 Staplehurst: Spellmount; 1995. 297 pages. ISBN: 1-873376-22-7

Notes: In the Peninsula from 1811 - 1814.

Fletcher, Ian (Editor). A Guards Officer in the Peninsula: the Peninsula War Letters of John Rous, Coldstream Guards, 1812 - 1814 Tunbridge Wells: Spellmount; 1992. 144 pages. ISBN: 1-873376-09-X

 

3rd Foot Guards

Anonymous. "Military Retribution" published in William Maxwell's Peninsular Sketches; by Actors on the Scene Cambridge : Ken Trotman; 1998. Two Volumes; 389 and 399 pages.

Notes: Vol 2; Pages 349 - 356. Author was in the Light Company of the 1st Battalion; has a good description of the bridging of the Adour and the action around Bayonne in 1814.

Anonymous. "Out-Post Anecdotes" published in William Maxwell's Peninsular Sketches; by Actors on the Scene Cambridge : Ken Trotman; 1998. Two Volumes; 389 and 399 pages.

Notes: Vol 2; Pages 332 - 336. Author was in the Light Company of the 1st Battalion; has a good description of the bridging of the Adour and the action around Bayonne in 1814.

Anonymous. "Reminiscences of Bayonne" published in William Maxwell's Peninsular Sketches; by Actors on the Scene Cambridge : Ken Trotman; 1998. Two Volumes; 389 and 399 pages.

Notes: Vol 2; Pages 163 - 186. Author was in the Light Company of the 1st Battalion; has a good description of the bridging of the Adour and the action around Bayonne in 1814.

Clay, Matthew. With the Guards at Hougoumont. Darlington: Napoleonic Archive. n.d. 20 pages.

Notes: Clay was a private in the Light Company of the 2nd Battalion. A great description of Quate Bras and the defense of Hougoumont from a private's perspective!

Cowell, J. Stepney. Leaves From the Diary of an Officer of the Guards Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 1994. 306 pages. ISBN: 0-946879567

Notes: 1809 - 1812; Oman gives name as Stepney Cowell. Ian Fletcher gives name as John Stepney Cowell.

Napier, William (Editor). The Early Military Life of General Sir George T. Napier London: John Murray; 1886. 254 pages. Copy.

Notes: Sweden 1808; on staff of Sir John Moore at Coruna; in 52nd Regiment in Peninsula from 1809 - 1812; lost arm at Ciudad Rodrigo & invalided home; rejoins regiment in 1814 in France; transfers to 71st Infantry as commander through rest of Peninsula War; transfers to command company of 3rd Guards, but does not mention Waterloo.

Thompson, W.F.K. (Editor). An Ensign in the Peninsular War: the Letters of John Aitchison London: Michael Joseph; 1981. 349 pages. ISBN: 0-7181-1828-6

Notes: Years 1808 - 1813

 

1st Foot

Monick, Stanley (Editor). Douglas’s Tale of the Peninsula & Waterloo: 1808-1815 London: Leo Cooper; 1997. 133 pages; ISBN: 0 85052 565 9

Notes: First name John; was a sergeant by the end of the wars; served at Walcheren, Peninsula (1809-1814), and Waterloo.

 

5th Foot

Anonymous. "The Storming of Badajoz" published in William Maxwell's Peninsular Sketches; by Actors on the Scene Cambridge : Ken Trotman; 1998. Two Volumes; 389 and 399 pages.

Notes: Volume I; Pages 288 - 292; 2nd Battalion.

Morley, Stephen. Memoirs of a Sergeant of the 5th Regiment of Foot, containing an Account of His Service, in Hanover, South America, and the Peninsula Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 1999. 123 pages. ISBN: 0-946879-82-6

Notes: Served in 1806 expedition to Buenes Aires; Peninsula from 1808 - 1813; Rolica, Vimiero, Corunna Campaign where he was captured. Escaped and made his way to Portugal. Assigned to 2nd Battalion of Detachments until after Talavera. Returned to England in October 1809. Returned to Peninsula in 1812. Was invalided from retreat of 1812 and returned to England in early 1813.

Ridge, Henry. "Affair of El Bodon" 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 218 - 224. Was battalion commander.

Ridge, Henry. "Private Letter" Eyewitness Accounts of the Storming of Ciudad Rodrigo. Cambridge: Ken Trotman Military Monographs 28; 2004. Pages 6 -9.

Notes: Was in the 2nd Battalion. Ridge led one of the assault columns. Contains copy of the original order given to the battalion for the assault. Superb account of the assault.

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 quartermaster-general of the 4th Division from 7 Febraruy 1811. Last entry is 28 November 1812.

7th Fusiliers

Cooper, John S. Rough Notes of Seven Campaigns: 1809-1815 Staplehurst: Spellmount Library; 1996. 160 pages. ISBN: 1-873376-65-0

Notes: Rose to the rank of sergeant. All of the major battles of Peninsula, plus New Orleans.

 

9th Infantry

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

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

Hale, James. The Journal of James Hale: Late Serjeant in the ninth Regiment of Foot Windsor: IX Regiment; 1998. PB; 139 pages.

Notes: Enlisted in Royal North Gloucester Regiment in 1801; volunteered for the 9th in 1807; Rolica, Vimiero, and Walcheren; Peninsula from 1810 1813; wounded at San Sebastian and invalided home.

 

23rd Fusiliers

Buckley, Roger N. (Editor). The Napoleonic War Journal of Captain Thomas Henry Browne: 1807-1816 London: Army Records Society; 1987. 388 pages. ISBN: 0-370-31121-3

Notes: Served in Copenhagen & Martinique; arrived in Peninsula in 1810; served with regiment until 1812; then in Adjutant General's Office in Wellington's HQ.

24th Regiment

Anderson, Joseph. Recollections of a Peninsular Veteran. Darlington: Napoleonic Archive; (not date; probably 2003). 29 pages.

Notes: Was a lieutenant. Served in the Peninsula from 1809 - 1811; fought at Talavera, Busaco, and Fuentes d'Orno; great description of Beresford's investiture as a knight in the Order of the Bath in 1810.

27th Infantry (Inniskilling)

Emerson, J. "Recollections of the Late War in Spain and Portugal" published in William Maxwell's Peninsular Sketches; by Actors on the Scene Cambridge : Ken Trotman; 1998. Two Volumes; 389 and 399 pages.

Notes: Vol 2; Pages 205 - 242. Covers 1811: the aborted siege of Badajoz and Albuera.

Fryer, Mary B. (Editor) Our Young Soldier: Lieutenant Francis Simcoe 6 June 1791 - 6 April 1812 Toronto: Dundurn Press; 1996. 190 pages. pb ISBN: 1-55002-270-9

Notes: Commissioned in 1808 in Ireland; Peninsula from 1809 - 1812; was not at Talavera; fought at Bussaco; died at assault of Badajoz. Book is mostly letters home, interspersed with much explanatory text.

 

28th Infantry

Blakeney, Robert. A Boy in the Peninsular War London: Greenhill Books; 1989. 382 pages. ISBN: 1-85367-029-4

Notes: 1808 - 1815; Among others: Corunna, Barossa, Arroyo Molinos, but not Waterloo.

Keep, William T. In the Service of the King: The Letters of William Thornton Keep at Home, Walcheren, and in the Peninsula, 1808-1814 Staplehurst : Spellmount; 1997. 214 pages. ISBN: 1-873376-79-0

Notes:  Served at Walcheren with the 77th Regiment; joined the 28th Regiment in 1811; posted to the Peninsula in 1813.

O'Neil, Charles. The Military Adventures of Charles O'Neil Staplehurst: Spellmount; 1997. 269 pages. ISBN: 1-873376-74-X

Notes: Enlisted soldier; Peninsula from 1811 - 1814; Waterloo.

 

29th Infantry

Anonymous. "The Twenty-Ninth at Albuera" published in William Maxwell's Peninsular Sketches; by Actors on the Scene Cambridge : Ken Trotman; 1998. Two Volumes; 389 and 399 pages.

Notes: Vol 2; Pages 321 - 331.

31st Infantry

L'Estrange, George B. Recollections of Sir George B. L'Estrange London: Sapson, Low, Marston, Low, & Searle; no date.

Notes: Arrived in Portugal in late 1812. Arrived in his unit in January 1813 and served in the campaigns of 1813 and 1814.. Was an officer in the light company.

32nd Infantry

Ross-Lewin, Harry. With the Thirty-Second in the Peninsular and Other Campaigns Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 2000. 368 Pages. ISBN: 0-946879-86-9

Notes: Served as a volunteer in the 13th Limerick Militia, as an ensign from 1793 - 1794. Served in West Indies, Copenhagen, Roliça, Vimeiro, Corunna, & Walcheren; returned to Peninsula in 1811; Quatre Bras & Waterloo.

 

33rd Infantry

Pattison, Frederick Hope. Personal Recollections of the Waterloo Campaign Upton: Gosling Press; 1992. PB. 48 pages. ISBN: 1874351031

Notes: Quatre Bras and Waterloo.

 

34th Infantry

Bell, George. Soldier's Glory: Being Rough Notes of an Old Soldier Tunbridge Wells: Spellmount; 1991. 325 pages. ISBN: 0-946771-28-6

Notes: Years 1811 - 1814

Sherer, Moyle. Recollections of the Peninsula Staplehurst: Spellmount; 1996. 273 pages. ISBN: 1-873376-66-9

Notes: 1809 - 1813

 

35th Infantry

Austin, Thomas. "Old Stick-Leg" Extracts from the Diaries of Major Thomas Austin New York: Dial Press; date unknown but at least 1947. 206 pages.

Notes: Served in the expedition to Holland 1813 - 1814.

Hayter, Alethea (Editor). The Backbone: Diaries of a Military Family in the Napoleonic Wars Edinburgh: Pentland Press; 1993. 343 pages. ISBN: 1-85821-069-0

 

Notes: Diary was kept by John Henry Slessor, who eventually made Major-General. Was a Lieutenant-Colonel in 1814. Served in Ireland with the Royal Irish Artillery, joins 35th Infantry in 1806; serves at Gibraltar, Sicily, Egypt, as governor of the island of Zante, the Campaigns in the Adriatic, Northern Italy; participated in the Waterloo Campaign, but was in the 4th Division which saw no action. Book also includes mother's diary. She lived in Oporto during the French occupation of Portugal.

 

36th Infantry

_________ Buenos Aires 1807: A Personal Narrative by an Officer of the 36th Foot El Dorado Books; 1994. PB; 104 pages.

Notes: Author is unknown; forward by Ian Fletcher.

 

40th Infantry

Boutflower, Charles. The Journal of an Army Surgeon during the Peninsular War Staplehurst: Spellmount; 1997. 193 pages; ISBN: 1-873376-85-5

Notes: With 40th Regiment August, 1809 November, 1812; served as the 4th Division (Hill’s Division) surgeon from November, 1812 May, 1813.

Hathaway, Eileen (Editor). A Dorset Soldier: The Autobiography of Sergeant William Lawrence 1790 - 1869 Tunbridge Wells: Spellmount; 1993. 176 pages; ISBN: 1-873376-05-7

Notes: Served in Buenos Aires; Peninsula 1808 - 1814; New Orleans; and Waterloo.

Stretton, S. " The Pyrenees, in 1813" and "The 40th Regiment in the Pyrenees" published in William Maxwell's Peninsular Sketches; by Actors on the Scene Cambridge : Ken Trotman; 1998. Two Volumes; 389 and 399 pages.

Notes: Vol 2. Pages 343 - 349  

42nd Highlanders

Anton, James. Retrospect of a Military Life Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 1991. 395 pages. ISBN: 0-946879-51-6

Notes: Years 1813-1815

Malcolm, John. Reminiscences of a Campaign in the Pyrenees and South of France in 1814 Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 1999. 74 pages. ISBN: 0-946879-74-5

Notes:  Covers late 1813 - 1814. Was published in 1999 by Ken Trotman in Two Peninsular War Journals along with Major General Henry MacKinnon's A Journal of the Campaign in Portugal and Spain from the Year 1809 to 1812

 

43rd Infantry

Anonymous. "The Battle of Salamanca" published in William Maxwell's Peninsular Sketches; by Actors on the Scene Cambridge : Ken Trotman; 1998. Two Volumes; 389 and 399 pages.

Notes: Volume I; Pages 321 - 346

Anonymous. "The Storming of Badajoz" published in William Maxwell's Peninsular Sketches; by Actors on the Scene Cambridge : Ken Trotman; 1998. Two Volumes; 389 and 399 pages.

Notes: Volume I; Pages 267 - 288

Anonymous. "A Sketch of the Storming of Ciudad Rodrigo: a Letter by an Officer Engaged" Eyewitness Accounts of the Storming of Ciudad Rodrigo. Cambridge: Ken Trotman Military Monographs 28; 2004. Pages 1 - 6.

Glover, Michael (Editor). A Gentleman Volunteer: The Letters of George Hennell from the Peninsular War 1812 - 1813 London: Heinemann; 1979. 190 pages. ISBN: 434-29561-2

Hamilton, Anthony. Hamilton's Campaign with Moore and Wellington during the Peninsular War Staplehurst : Spellmount; 1998. 164 pages. ISBN: 2-86227-017-1

Notes: In the 2nd Battalion in the Peninsula from 1808-1813. In 1st Battalion of Detachments. Captured at San Sebastian in 1813.

Hathaway, Eileen (Editor). A True Soldier Gentleman: the Memoirs of Lt. John Cooke 1791 - 1813. Swanage: Shinglepicker; 2000. 266 pages. ISBN: 0-9522782-4-3

Notes: Served with the 2nd Battalion at Walcheren; transferred to the 1st Battalion and served in the Peninsula from 1811 - 1813.

Brumwell, John. With the 43rd in the Peninsula: the Letters of Lt. John Brumwell. Darlington: Napoleonic Archive; (no date; probably 2003). 31 pages.

Notes: Corunna; with the 1st Battalion on the outpost lines in the vicinity of Ciudad Rodrigo and Almeida in 1810 -- good descriptions of the actions there, especially of the Action on the Coa. Killed at Badajoz.

Memoirs of a Sergeant Late in the Forty-third Light Infantry Regiment previous to and during the Peninsular War Cambridge : Ken Trotman; 1998. 278 pages. ISBN: 0-946879-63-X

Notes:  Author is unknown. Served in attack on Copenhagen 1806; Peninsula: Corunna Campaign; returned to Peninsula in June, 1809; good account of River Coa ; seriously wounded at Badajoz; returns to England in 1812.

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

Notes: In the 43rd Light Infantry, but served on the Quartermast-General's staff of the 3rd Division at Waterloo, which was commanded by Lieutenant General Charles Alten.

45th Regiment

Brown, William. With the 45th at Badajoz, Salamanca, and Vittoria. Darlington: Napoleonic Archive; (no date; probably 2003). 44 pages.

Notes: Served in the 1st Battalion; arrived in the Peninsula in 1809 and fought at Busaco, Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajoz (great descriptions of the assault and pillage of the city), Salamanca (great description of being ridden down by French cavalry), the 1813 retreat, and battle for Vitoria and the subsequent looting of the French baggage train. Also served as an officer's servant. Fantastic descriptions of the daily life of a soldier on campaign.

50th Regiment

Patterson. "Leaves from the Journal of a Veteran" 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 21 - 51; Covers Corunna Campaign.

Patterson. "Arroyo de Molino" published in William Maxwell's Peninsular Sketches; by Actors on the Scene Cambridge : Ken Trotman; 1998. Two Volumes; 389 and 399 pages.

Notes: Vol. 2 . Pages 312 - 320.

 

51st Infantry

Blainey, William. Bonaparte versus Blainey Union Springs: Tallcot Bookshop; 1988. PB 48 pages.

Notes: Retired as a sergeant. Served in Walcheren and Peninsula from 1811 - 1814.

Hart, B. H. Liddell (Editor). The Letters of Private Wheeler Boston: Houghton Mifflin; 1952. 350 pages.

Notes: Full name was William Wheeler; was at Walcheren, Peninsula 1811 - 1814; Waterloo.

 

52nd Infantry

Dobbs, John. Recollections of an Old 52nd Man Staplehurst: Spellmount; 2000. 101 pages. ISBN: 1-86227-093-7

Notes: Joined the Armagh Militia in 1806 and was commissioned in the 2nd Battalion 52nd Light Infantry in 1808. Served in Swedish expedition in 1808; Corunna Campaign in 1809; Walcheren in 1809; Peninsula from 1810 - 1814. Commanded a company of the 5th Cacadores in 1813; and claims to be the last British officer wounded in the Peninsula War, on 14 April 1814.

Hay, William. Reminiscences 1808 - 1815 Under Wellington Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 1992. 319 pages. ISBN: 0-946879-52-4

Notes: Served in 52nd Infantry until late 1811; then exchanged into 12th Dragoons. Most of the book is about his experiences in 12th Dragoons.

Napier, William (Editor). The Early Military Life of General Sir George T. Napier London: John Murray; 1886. 254 pages. Copy.

Notes: Sweden 1808; on staff of Sir John Moore at Coruna; in 52nd Regiment in Peninsula from 1809 - 1812; lost arm at Ciudad Rodrigo & invalided home; rejoins regiment in 1814 in France; transfers to 71st Infantry as commander through rest of Peninsula War; transfers to command company of 3rd Guards, but does not mention Waterloo.

 

56th Infantry

Surtees, William. Twenty-five Years in the Rifle Brigade London: Greenhill; 1996. 480 pages. ISBN: 1-85367-230-0

Notes: Enlisted in 56th Regiment and served in Holland in 1799; transferred to 95th Rifles in 1805; was in the 2nd Battalion; served at Germany 1805, Copenhagen 1806, Peninsula 1808 - 1814; New Orleans; was Quartermaster by end of war.

 

61st Infantry

Haley, Arthur H. The Soldier Who Walked Away: The Autobiography of Andrew Pearson a Peninsular War Veteran Liverpool: Bullfinch Publications; circa 1991. 130 pages. ISBN: 0-9511427-1-2

Notes: Served in Egypt; Maida; Gibraltar; Peninsula 1809 - 1812.

 

66th Infantry

Hayward, Pat (Editor). Surgeon Henry's Trifles: Events of a Military Life London: Chatto & Windus; 1970. 281 pages. SBN: 7011 1569 6

Notes: First name was Walter; in Peninsula 1811 - 1814; Saint Helena 1817 - 1821.

 

68th Infantry

Green, John: The Vicissitudes of a Soldier's Life or a Series of Occurrences from 1806 to 1815 Wakefield: EP Publishing; No date (Probably circa 1965). 239 pages. ISBN: 0-85409-802-X

Notes: Was enlisted soldier in 68th Regiment; Walcheren; served in Peninsula from 1810-1813; wounded at San Sebastian.

69th Infantry

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. Also has General Colin Halkett's account of Quatre Bras, plus letters from the regimental commander Lieutenant Colonel Charles Morice (who was killed at Waterloo), Captain Charles Cuyler, and Ensign William Bartlett.

70th Infantry

Leach, Jonathan. Rough Sketches of the Life of an Old Soldier Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 1986. 442 pages; ISBN: 0-946879-16-8

Notes: Served from 1801 - 1806 stationed in the West Indies; 1806 exchanged into 2nd Battalion 95th Rifles; served at Copenhagen, Peninsula 1808 - 1814; Quatre Bras and Waterloo.

 

71st Infantry

Hibbert, Christopher (Editor). A Soldier of the Seventy-First: The Journal of a Soldier of the Highland Light Infantry 1806 - 1815 Warren: Squadron/Signal Publications; 1976. 121 pages.

Notes: Author's name was probably Thomas Howell; served in Buena Aires, Walcheren, Peninsula, and Waterloo.

Napier, William (Editor). The Early Military Life of General Sir George T. Napier London: John Murray; 1886. 254 pages. Copy.

Notes: Sweden 1808; on staff of Sir John Moore at Coruna; in 52nd Regiment in Peninsula from 1809 - 1812; lost arm at Ciudad Rodrigo & invalided home; rejoins regiment in 1814 in France; transfers to 71st Infantry as commander through rest of Peninsula War; transfers to command company of 3rd Guards, but does not mention Waterloo.

 

73rd Infantry

Selby, John (Editor). The Napoleonic Wars: Thomas Morris Hamden: Archon Books; 1968. 151 pages. SBN: 208 00631 1

Notes: Served 1813 - 1817; North German Campaign and Waterloo.

 

77th Infantry

Anonymous. "The Capture of Ciudad Rodrigo" published in William Maxwell's Peninsular Sketches; by Actors on the Scene Cambridge : Ken Trotman; 1998. Two Volumes; 389 and 399 pages.

Notes: Volume I; Pages 236 - 256

C.J.T.S. "Recollections of the Storming of Cuidad Rodrigo -- On a Comparison with Recent Accounts" Eyewitness Accounts of the Storming of Ciudad Rodrigo. Cambridge: Ken Trotman Military Monographs 28; 2004. Pages10 - 20.

Note: This is the same account as the one above.

Keep, William T. In the Service of the King: The Letters of William Thornton Keep at Home, Walcheren, and in the Peninsula, 1808-1814 Staplehurst : Spellmount; 1997. 214 pages. ISBN: 1-873376-79-0

Notes:  Served at Walcheren with the 77th Regiment; joined the 28th Regiment in 1811; posted to the Peninsula in 1813.  

 

79th Infantry

Eadie, Robert. On Campaign with the 79th Cameron Highlanders: Through Portugal and Spain. Darlington: Napoleonic Archive; no date. 47 pages.

Notes: Eadie was an enlisted soldier, served in the Peninsula from 1809 - 1813, when he was invalided out of the service. Interesting description of Busaco and the Chelsea Hospital.

Page, Julia (Editor). Intelligence Officer in the Peninsula: Letters & Diaries of Major the Hon. Edward Charles Cocks 1786 - 1812 New York: Hippocrene Books; 1986. 255 pages. ISBN: 0-87052-310-4

Notes: 1808 - 1812; served also with 16th Light Dragoons and as an intelligence officer for Wellington's headquarters.

Vallence, Dixon. At Waterloo with the Cameron Highlanders. Darlington, Napoleonic Archive; n.d. 44 pages.

Notes: Vallence was in the 6th Company and was severely wounded at Waterloo. Superb descriptions on what it was like to be a private at Quatre Bras and Waterloo; includes memorable sketches of camplife (especially using a French cuiraiss as a frying pan after Quatre Bras), to stand under intense artillery fire, and to be in the front rank (kneeling) of a square being charged by cavalry.

82nd Infantry

Wood, George. The Subaltern Officer: a Narrative Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 1986. 263 pages. ISBN: 0-946879-14-1

Notes: In the Peninsula from 1808 - 1814; did not take part in Coruna Campaign. In the 2nd Battalion of Detachments.

 

85th Infantry

Gleig, George R. The Subaltern: A Chronicle of the Peninsular War London: Leo Cooper; No Date (probably circa 1970). 388 pages. SBN: 85052-001-0

Notes: 1813 - 1814

 

87th Infantry

Knox, Wright. At Barrosa with the 87th: the Diary of Lieutenant Wright Knox Darlington: Napoleonic Archive: n.d. 52 pages.

Notes: Wright was seriously wounded at Talavera and served at Cadiz from 1810 - 1812. Also at Barrosa and siege of Tarifa. Was in Skerritt's Brigade in 1812. Fought at Vittoria and the Pyrenees.

88th Infantry (Connaught Rangers)

Anonymous. "Events Subsequent to the Battle and Advance from Salamanca" published in William Maxwell's Peninsular Sketches; by Actors on the Scene Cambridge : Ken Trotman; 1998. Two Volumes; 389 and 399 pages.

Notes: Volume I; Pages 349 - 389

Anonymous. "The Storming of Badajoz" published in William Maxwell's Peninsular Sketches; by Actors on the Scene Cambridge : Ken Trotman; 1998. Two Volumes; 389 and 399 pages.

Notes: Volume I; Pages 292 - 303. Possibly Lieutenant Parr Kingsmill.

Grattan, William. Adventures with the Connaught Rangers: 1809 - 1814 London: Greenhill Books (Napoleonic Library); 1989. 362 pages. ISBN: 1-85367-032-4

 

92nd Highlanders

Gibbs, Peter and David Watkins (Editors). With Abercrombie and Moore in Egypt Bridgnorth: First Empire; 1995. PB. 40 pages. ISBN: 0-9526-3043-5

Notes: Memoirs of Daniel Nicol.

Gibbs, Peter and David Watkins (Editors). Spanish Adventures; Bridgnorth: First Empire; 1995. PB. 40 Pages. 0-9526-3044-3

Notes: Memoirs of Sergeant Robertson's time in the Corunna Campaign and Arroyo dos Molinos.

Hope, James. The Iberian and Waterloo Campaigns: The Letters of Lt James Hope 1811- 1815 Heathfield: Naval and Military Press; 2000. 362 pages.

Notes: Arrived in the Peninsula in November 1811; Quatre Bras; wounded at Waterloo; in France until late 1815.

 

94th Regiment

Anonymous. "The Capture of Ciudad Rodrigo" published in William Maxwell's Peninsular Sketches; by Actors on the Scene Cambridge : Ken Trotman; 1998. Two Volumes; 389 and 399 pages.

Notes: Volume I; Pages 225 - 236.

Donaldson, Joseph. Recollections of the Eventful Life of a Soldier Staplehurst: Spellmount; 2000. 499 pages. ISBN: 1-86277-085-6

Notes: Enlisted in 1809 and served in the Peninsula from 1809-1814. Was a sergeant by the time he left the army.

 

95th Rifles

Costello, Edward. The Peninsular and Waterloo Campaigns Hamden: Archon Books; 1968. 194 pages. SBN: 208-00630-3

Notes: Was in 1st Battalion; 1809 - 1815. Wounded at Quatre Bras; missed Waterloo.

Hibbert, Christopher (Editor). The Recollection of Rifleman Harris London: Leo Cooper; 1970. 140 pages. ISBN: 0-85052-005-3

Notes: 1806 - 1809. Enlisted Soldier; was in the 2nd Battalion; was at Copenhagen, Corunna, and Walcheren.

Kincaid, John. Adventures in the Rifle Brigade and Random Shots from a Rifleman Glasgow: Richard Drew Publishing; 1981. 320 pages. ISBN: 0 904002 83 7

Notes: Is abridged. In 1st Battalion; Walcheren; Peninsula 1810 - 1814; Quatre Bras and Waterloo.

Kincaid, John. Adventures in the Rifle Brigade in the Peninsula, France, and the Netherlands from 1809-1815 Staplehurst: Spellmount; 1998. 352 pages. ISBN: 1-86227-020-1

Notes: In 1st Battalion; Walcheren; Peninsula 1810 - 1814; Quatre Bras and Waterloo.

Leach, Jonathan. Rough Sketches of the Life of an Old Soldier Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 1986. 442 pages; ISBN: 0-946879-16-8

Notes: Served from 1801 - 1806 stationed in the West Indies; 1806 exchanged into 1st Battalion 95th Rifles; served at Copenhagen, Peninsula 1808 - 1814; Quatre Bras and Waterloo.

Simmons, George. A British Rifleman: Journals and Correspondence during the Peninsular War and the Campaign of Wellington London: Greenhill; 1986. 416 pages. ISBN: 0-947898-33-6

Notes: 1810 - 1815; served in 1st Battalion; also at Waterloo.

Smith, Harry. The Autobiography of Sir Harry Smith: 1787 - 1819 London: Constable; 1999. 333 pages. ISBN: 0-09479-740-4

Notes: 1st Battalion; Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Coruna, Peninsula 1809 - 1814; Washington, New Orleans; Brigade Major for General Lambert's brigade at Waterloo

Surtees, William. Twenty-five Years in the Rifle Brigade London: Greenhill; 1996. 480 pages. ISBN: 1-85367-230-0

Notes: Enlisted in 56th Regiment and served in Holland in 1799; transferred to 95th Rifles in 1805; was in the 2nd Battalion; served at Germany 1805, Copenhagen 1806, Peninsula 1808 - 1814; New Orleans; was Quartermaster in 3rd Battalion from 1810 to the end of war.

Teague, John and Dorothea (editors). Where Duty Calls Me: The Experiences of William Green of Lutterworth in the Napoleonic Wars West Wickham: Synjon Books; 1975. 72 pages. ISBN: 0-904373-01-0

Notes: Enlisted in the Leicester Militia in 1803. Joined the 95th in 1805. Served in Germany, 1805; Copenhagen, 1807; campaign in Spain 1808 - 1809, including Corunna; served with 1st Battalion in Peninsula from 1809 - 1812; wounded at siege of Badajoz and invalided home. Was a company bugler.

1st Battalion of Detachments

Gibbs, Peter and David Watkins (Editors): Spanish Adventures; Bridgnorth: First Empire; 1995. PB. 40 Pages.

Notes: Memoirs of Daniel Nicol from 1808 - 1809; includes Oporto and Talavera.

Hamilton, Anthony. Hamilton's Campaign with Moore and Wellington during the Peninsular War Staplehurst : Spellmount; 1998. 164 pages. ISBN: 2-86227-017-1

Notes: In the 2nd Battalion in the Peninsula from 1808-1813. In 1st Battalion of Detachments. Captured at San Sebastian in 1813.

2nd Battalion of Detachments

Morley, Stephen. Memoirs of a Sergeant of the 5th Regiment of Foot, containing an Account of His Service, in Hanover, South America, and the Peninsula Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 1999. 123 pages. ISBN: 0-946879-82-6

Notes: Served in 1806 expedition to Buenes Aires; Peninsula from 1808 - 1813; Rolica, Vimiero, Corunna Campaign where he was captured. Escaped and made his way to Portugal. Assigned to 2nd Battalion of Detachments until after Talavera. Returned to England in October 1809. Returned to Peninsula in 1812. Was invalided from retreat of 1812 and returned to England in early 1813.

Wood, George. The Subaltern Officer: a Narrative Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 1986. 263 pages. ISBN: 0-946879-14-1

Notes: In the Peninsula from 1808 - 1814; did not take part in Coruna Campaign. In the 2nd Battalion of Detachments.

Militia Regiments

Dobbs, John. Recollections of an Old 52nd Man Staplehurst: Spellmount; 2000. 101 pages. ISBN: 1-86227-093-7

Notes: Joined the Armagh Militia in 1806 and was commissioned in the 2nd Battalion 52nd Light Infantry in 1808. Served in Swedish expedition in 1808; Corunna Campaign in 1809; Walcheren in 1809; Peninsula from 1810 - 1814. Commanded a company of the 5th Cacadores in 1813; and claims to be the last British officer wounded in the Peninsula War, on 14 April 1814.

Hale, James. The Journal of James Hale: Late Serjeant in the ninth Regiment of Foot Windsor: IX Regiment; 1998. PB; 139 pages.

Notes: Enlisted in Royal North Gloucester Regiment in 1801; volunteered for the 9th in 1807; Rolica, Vimiero, and Walcheren; Peninsula from 1810 1813; wounded at San Sebastian and invalided home.

Ross-Lewin, Harry. With the Thirty-Second in the Peninsular and Other Campaigns Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 2000. 368 Pages. ISBN: 0-946879-86-9

Notes: Served as an enlisted volunteer in the Limerick Militia. Served in West Indies, Copenhagen, Roliça, Vimeiro, Corunna, & Walcheren; returned to Peninsula in 1811; Quatre Bras & Waterloo.

Teague, John and Dorothea (editors). Where Duty Calls Me: The Experiences of William Green of Lutterworth in the Napoleonic Wars West Wickham: Synjon Books; 1975. 72 pages. ISBN: 0-904373-01-0

Notes: Enlisted in the Leicester Militia in 1803. Joined the 95th in 1805. Served in Germany, 1805; Copenhagen, 1807; campaign in Spain 1808 - 1809, including Corunna; served with 1st Battalion in Peninsula from 1809 - 1812; wounded at siege of Badajoz and invalided home. Was a company bugler.

King's German Legion

5th Line Battalion

Von Ompteda, Louis (Editor). In the King's German Legion: Memoirs of Baron Ompteda, Colonel in the King's German Legion during the Napoleonic Wars Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 1987. 328 pages. ISBN: 0-946879-21-4

Notes: Full name was Christian von Ompteda; 1793 - 1815; commanded 1st Light Battalion in 1812; 5th Line Battalion in 1813; Brigadier in 1815.

Hibbert, Christopher. The Wheatley Diary: A Journal and Sketchbook Kept during the Peninsular War and the Waterloo Campaign London: Longmans, Green and Co.; 1964. 111 pages.

Notes: In the Peninsula 1813 - 1814, not at Vitoria; at Waterloo.

 

7th Line Battalion

Ludovici, Anthony (Editor). On the Road with Wellington: the Diary of a War Commissary in the Peninsular Campaigns New York: Alfred Knopf; 1925. 440 pages.

Notes: Author was August Ludolf Friedrich Schaumann; served in Peninsula from 1808 - 1813; at all major battles including retreat to Coruna; served with 1st KGL Hussars in 1810; 7th KGL Infantry in 1811; 9th Light Dragoons in 1812; 18th Hussars from 1812 - 1813.

Hering, John Frederick. Journal of an Officer in the King's German Legion Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 2000. ISBN: 0-946879-84-2

Notes: Was a medical officer. Served in Hanover, the Baltic, and the Peninsula from 1809 - 1811, with the1st KGL Hussars. Served in Sicily with the 7th KGL Battalion from 1811 until late 1815.

1st Light Battalion

Von Ompteda, Louis (Editor). In the King's German Legion: Memoirs of Baron Ompteda, Colonel in the King's German Legion during the Napoleonic Wars Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 1987. 328 pages. ISBN: 0-946879-21-4

Notes: Full name was Christian von Ompteda; 1793 - 1815; commanded 1st Light Battalion in 1812; 5th Line Battalion in 1813; Brigadier in 1815.

1st KGL Hussars

Hering, John Frederick. Journal of an Officer in the King's German Legion Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 2000. ISBN: 0-946879-84-2

Notes: Was a medical officer. Served in Hanover, the Baltic, and the Peninsula from 1809 - 1811, with the1st KGL Hussars. Served in Sicily with the 7th KGL Battalion from 1811 until late 1815.

Ludovici, Anthony (Editor). On the Road with Wellington: the Diary of a War Commissary in the Peninsular Campaigns New York: Alfred Knopf; 1925. 440 pages.

Notes: Author was August Ludolf Friedrich Schaumann; served in Peninsula from 1808 - 1813; at all major battles including retreat to Coruna; served with 1st KGL Hussars in 1810; 7th KGL Infantry in 1811; 9th Light Dragoons in 1812; 18th Hussars from 1812 - 1813.

 

Portuguese Service

Blakiston, John. Twelve Years' Military Adventure in Three Quarters of the Globe London: Henry Colburn; 1840. 2 volumes. Volume 2 only; 381 pages. Copy.

Notes: Java, 1810; 17th Portuguese Line Regiment 1813 - 1814.

Dobbs, John. Recollections of an Old 52nd Man Staplehurst: Spellmount; 2000. 101 pages. ISBN: 1-86227-093-7

Notes: Joined the Armagh Militia in 1806 and was commissioned in the 2nd Battalion 52nd Light Infantry in 1808. Served in Swedish expedition in 1808; Corunna Campaign in 1809; Walcheren in 1809; Peninsula from 1810 - 1814. Commanded a company of the 5th Cacadores in 1813; and claims to be the last British officer wounded in the Peninsula War, on 14 April 1814.

Elder, George. "The Storming of Badajoz" published in William Maxwell's Peninsular Sketches; by Actors on the Scene Cambridge : Ken Trotman; 1998. Two Volumes; 389 and 399 pages.

Notes: Volume I; Pages 304 - 320. Commander of 3rd Cacadores.

Leslie, John H. (Editor). The Dickson Manuscripts: Being Diaries, Letters, Maps, Account Books, with Various Other Papers of the Late Major-General Sir Alexander Dickson 5 volumes; Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 1987. 1190 pages total. ISBN: 0-946879-23-0, 0-946879-31-1; 0-946879-34-6; 0-946879-38-9; 0-946879-40-0

Notes: Years 1809 - 1813. Served with Portuguese Artillery before becoming chief of Wellington's siege trains.

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.

Mayne, William and Lillie. A Narrative of the Campaigns of the Loyal Lusitanian Legion during the Years 1809, 1810 & 1811 Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 1986. PB; 358 pages; ISBN: 0-946879-11-7

Notes: Good account of the battle of Alcantara.

Warre, William. Letters from the Peninsula: 1808 - 1812 Staplehurst: Spellmount; 1999. 231 pages. ISBN: 1-86227-037-6

Notes: Aide to General Ferguson at Rolica and Vimeiro; principal aide to Marshal Beresford from 1809 - 1812.

 

Commissariat Department

Buckham, E. Personal Narrative of Adventures in the Peninsula during the War in 1812 -13 Cambridge : Ken Trotman; 1995., 339 pages. ISBN: 0-946879-57-5

Notes:  It is written by an officer in the Staff Corps Regiment of Cavalry, yet his duty was primarily as a commissary officer. Great descriptions of Almeida and buying cattle for the army.

Daniel, John Edgecombe. Journal of an Officer in the Commissariat Department: 1811 - 1815 Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 1997. 503 pages. ISBN: 0-946879-62-1

Notes: Served in the Peninsula from 1811 - 1814; Waterloo. Was initially on the Army staff; transferred to 3rd Division in early 1813; assigned to 7th Hussars for 1815 Campaign.

Ludovici, Anthony (Editor). On the Road with Wellington: the Diary of a War Commissary in the Peninsular Campaigns New York: Alfred Knopf; 1925. 440 pages.

Notes: Author was August Ludolf Friedrich Schaumann; served in Peninsula from 1808 - 1813; at all major battles including retreat to Coruna; served with 1st KGL Hussars in 1810; 7th KGL Infantry in 1811; 9th Light Dragoons in 1812; 18th Hussars from 1812 - 1813.

 

Medical Department

Anonymous. "Marshal Beresford" published in William Maxwell's Peninsular Sketches; by Actors on the Scene Cambridge : Ken Trotman; 1998. Two Volumes; 389 and 399 pages.

Notes: Vol 2; Pages 337 -343. Provided medical assistance to Marshal Beresford after he was wounded at Salamanca.

Boutflower, Charles. The Journal of an Army Surgeon during the Peninsular War Staplehurst: Spellmount; 1997. 193 pages; ISBN: 1-873376-85-5

Notes: With 40th Regiment August, 1809 November, 1812; served as the 4th Division (Hill’s Division) surgeon from November, 1812 May, 1813.

Bradley, James B. "A Night in the Peninsular War" published in William Maxwell's Peninsular Sketches; by Actors on the Scene Cambridge : Ken Trotman; 1998. Two Volumes; 389 and 399 pages.

Notes: Vol 2; Pages 187 - 204. Assigned to a hospital in Castello Branco.

Burroughs, George Frederick. A Narrative of the Retreat of the Army from Burgos in a Series of Letters with an Introductory Sketch of the Campaign of 1812 and Military Character of the Duke of Wellington Cambridge: Ken Trotman Military Monographs; 2004. 59 pages.

Was the assistant surgeon of the Royal Dragoons. First published in 1814.

Hayward, Pat (Editor). Surgeon Henry's Trifles: Events of a Military Life London: Chatto & Windus; 1970. 281 pages. SBN: 7011 1569 6

Notes: First name was Walter; in Peninsula 1811 - 1814; Saint Helena 1817 - 1821.

Hering, John Frederick. Journal of an Officer in the King's German Legion Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 2000. ISBN: 0-946879-84-2

Notes: Was a medical officer. Served in Hanover, the Baltic, and the Peninsula from 1809 - 1811, with the1st KGL Hussars. Served in Sicily with the 7th KGL Battalion from 1811 until late 1815.

Vansittart, Jane (Editor). Surgeon James's Journal: 1815 London: Cassell; 1964. 175 pages.

Notes: First name was Haddy; was Assistant Surgeon.

 

Enlisted Memoirs

Memoirs of a Sergeant Late in the Forty-third Light Infantry Regiment previous to and during the Peninsular War Cambridge : Ken Trotman; 1998. 278 pages. ISBN: 0-946879-63-X

Notes:  Author is unknown. Served in attack on Copenhagen 1806; Peninsula: Corunna Campaign; returned to Peninsu

Anton, James. Retrospect of a Military Life Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 1991. 395 pages. ISBN: 0-946879-51-6

Notes: Years 1813-1815

Blainey, William. Bonaparte versus Blainey Union Springs: Tallcot Bookshop; 1988. PB 48 pages.

Notes: Retired as a sergeant. Was in 51st Regiment; served in Walcheren and Peninsula from 1811 - 1814.

Brown, William. With the 45th at Badajoz, Salamanca, and Vittoria. Darlington: Napoleonic Archive; (no date; probably 2003). 44 pages.

Notes: Served in the 1st Battalion; arrived in the Peninsula in 1809 and fought at Busaco, Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajoz (great descriptions of the assault and pillage of the city), Salamanca (great description of being ridden down by French cavalry), the 1813 retreat, and battle for Vitoria and the subsequent looting of the French baggage train. Also served as an officer's servant. Fantastic descriptions of the daily life of a soldier on campaign.

Clay, Matthew. With the Guards at Hougoumont. Darlington: Napoleonic Archive. n.d. 20 pages.

Notes: Clay was a private in the Light Company of the 2nd Battalion. A great description of Quate Bras and the defense of Hougoumont from a private's perspective!

Cooper, John S. Rough Notes of Seven Campaigns: 1809-1815 Staplehurst: Spellmount Library; 1996. 160 pages. ISBN: 1-873376-65-0

Notes: Rose to the rank of sergeant. Was in the 7th Fusiliers. In all of the major battles of Peninsula, plus New Orleans.

Costello, Edward. The Peninsular and Waterloo Campaigns Hamden: Archon Books; 1968. 194 pages. SBN: 208-00630-3

Notes: Was in 1st Battalion, 95th Rifles; 1809 - 1815. Wounded at Quatre Bras; missed Waterloo

Donaldson, Joseph. Recollections of the Eventful Life of a Soldier Staplehurst: Spellmount; 2000. 499 pages. ISBN: 1-86277-085-6

Notes: Enlisted in 1809 and served in the Peninsula from 1809-1814. Was a sergeant by the time he left the army.

Eadie, Robert. On Campaign with the 79th Cameron Highlanders: Through Portugal and Spain. Darlington: Napoleonic Archive; no date. 47 pages.

Notes: Eadie was an enlisted soldier, served in the Peninsula from 1809 - 1813, when he was invalided out of the service. Interesting description of Busaco and the Chelsea Hospital.

Gibbs, Peter and David Watkins (Editors). With Abercrombie and Moore in Egypt Bridgnorth: First Empire; 1995. PB. 40 pages. ISBN: 0-9526-3043-5

Notes: Memoirs of Daniel Nicol; served in the 92nd Highlanders; in the Peninsula with the 1st Battalion of Detachments.

Gibbs, Peter and David Watkins (Editors). Spanish Adventures; Bridgnorth: First Empire; 1995. PB. 40 Pages. 0-9526-3044-3

Notes: Memoirs of Sergeant Robertson's time in the Coruna Campaign and Arroyo dos Molinos in the 92nd Highlanders

Green, John: The Vicissitudes of a Soldier's Life or a Series of Occurrences from 1806 to 1815 Wakefield: EP Publishing; No date (Probably circa 1965). 239 pages. ISBN: 0-85409-802-X

Notes: Was enlisted soldier in 68th Regiment; Walcheren; served in Peninsula from 1810-1813; wounded at San Sebastian.

Hale, James. The Journal of James Hale: Late Serjeant in the ninth Regiment of Foot Windsor: IX Regiment; 1998. PB; 139 pages.

Notes: Enlisted in Royal North Gloucester Regiment in 1801; volunteered for the 9th in 1807; Rolica, Vimiero, Coruna, and Walcheren; Peninsula from 1810 -1813; wounded at San Sebastian and invalided home.

Haley, Arthur H. The Soldier Who Walked Away: The Autobiography of Andrew Pearson a Peninsular War Veteran Liverpool: Bullfinch Publications; circa 1991. 130 pages. ISBN: 0-9511427-1-2

Notes: Served in the 61st Regiment; at Egypt; Maida; Gibraltar; Peninsula 1809 - 1812.

Hamilton, Anthony. Hamilton's Campaign with Moore and Wellington during the Peninsular War Staplehurst : Spellmount; 1998. 164 pages. ISBN: 2-86227-017-1

Notes: In the 2nd Battalion in the Peninsula from 1808-1813. In 1st Battalion of Detachments. Captured at San Sebastian in 1813.

Hanley, William. "Capture of the Enemy's Picket at Blanchez Sanchez" published in William Maxwell's Peninsular Sketches; by Actors on the Scene Cambridge : Ken Trotman; 1998. Two Volumes; 389 and 399 pages.

Notes: Vol 2; Pages 380 - 388. Author was a NCO.

Hart, B. H. Liddell (Editor). The Letters of Private Wheeler Boston: Houghton Mifflin; 1952. 350 pages.

Notes: Full name was William Wheeler; 51st Regiment; was at Walcheren, Peninsula 1811 - 1814; Waterloo.

Hathaway, Eileen (Editor). A Dorset Soldier: The Autobiography of Sergeant William Lawrence 1790 - 1869 Tunbridge Wells: Spellmount; 1993. 176 pages; ISBN: 1-873376-05-7

Notes: Served in the 40th Regiment at Buenos Aires; Peninsula 1808 - 1814; New Orleans; and Waterloo.

Hibbert, Christopher (Editor). A Soldier of the Seventy-First: The Journal of a Soldier of the Highland Light Infantry 1806 - 1815 Warren: Squadron/Signal Publications; 1976. 121 pages.

Notes: Author's name was probably Thomas Howell; served in Buena Aires, Walcheren, Peninsula, and Waterloo.

Hibbert, Christopher (Editor). The Recollection of Rifleman Harris London: Leo Cooper; 1970. 140 pages. ISBN: 0-85052-005-3

Notes: 1806 - 1809. Enlisted Soldier; was in the 2nd Battalion, 95th Rifles; was at Copenhagen, Corunna, and Walcheren.

Monick, Stanley (Editor). Douglas’s Tale of the Peninsula & Waterloo: 1808-1815 London: Leo Cooper; 1997. 133 pages; ISBN: 0 85052 565 9

Notes: First name John; was a sergeant by the end of the wars; Was in the 1st Regiment and served at Walcheren, Peninsula (1809-1814), and Waterloo.

Morley, Stephen. Memoirs of a Sergeant of the 5th Regiment of Foot, containing an Account of His Service, in Hanover, South America, and the Peninsula Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 1999. 123 pages. ISBN: 0-946879-82-6

Notes: Served in 1806 expedition to Buenes Aires; Peninsula from 1808 - 1813; Rolica, Vimiero, Corunna Campaign where he was captured. Escaped and made his way to Portugal. Assigned to 2nd Battalion of Detachments until after Talavera. Returned to England in October 1809. Returned to Peninsula in 1812. Was invalided from retreat of 1812 and returned to England in early 1813.

O'Neil, Charles. The Military Adventures of Charles O'Neil Staplehurst: Spellmount; 1997. 269 pages. ISBN: 1-873376-74-X

Notes: Enlisted soldier; served in the 28th Regiment in the Peninsula from 1811 - 1814; Waterloo.

Selby, John (Editor). The Napoleonic Wars: Thomas Morris Hamden: Archon Books; 1968. 151 pages. SBN: 208 00631 1

Notes: Served in the 73rd Regiment 1813 - 1817; North German Campaign and Waterloo.

Surtees, William. Twenty-five Years in the Rifle Brigade London: Greenhill; 1996. 480 pages. ISBN: 1-85367-230-0

Notes: Enlisted in 56th Regiment and served in Holland in 1799; transferred to 95th Rifles in 1805; was in the 2nd Battalion; served at Germany 1805, Copenhagen 1806, Peninsula 1808 - 1814; New Orleans; was Quartermaster by end of war.

Dickson; Corporal. Scots Greys at Waterloo. Darlington: Napoleonic Archive; n.d. 39 pages.

Notes: Primarily the account of Corporal Dickson of F Troop (Captain Vernon's Troop). A great description of the charge of the Union Brigade.

Teague, John and Dorothea (editors). Where Duty Calls Me: The Experiences of William Green of Lutterworth in the Napoleonic Wars West Wickham: Synjon Books; 1975. 72 pages. ISBN: 0-904373-01-0

Notes: Enlisted in the Leicester Militia in 1803. Joined the 95th in 1805. Served in Germany, 1805; Copenhagen, 1807; campaign in Spain 1808 - 1809, including Corunna; served with 1st Battalion in Peninsula from 1809 - 1812; wounded at siege of Badajoz and invalided home. Was a company bugler.

Vallence, Dixon. At Waterloo with the Cameron Highlanders. Darlington, Napoleonic Archive; n.d. 44 pages.

Notes: Vallence was in the 6th Company and was severely wounded at Waterloo. Superb descriptions on what it was like to be a private at Quatre Bras and Waterloo; includes memorable sketches of camplife (especially using a French cuiraiss as a frying pan after Quatre Bras), to stand under intense artillery fire, and to be in the front rank (kneeling) of a square being charged by cavalry.

Miscellaneous

Glover, Gareth. Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers London: Greenhill; 2004. 352 pages. ISBN: 1-85367-597-0

Operations of the Fifth or Picton's Division in the Campaign of Waterloo Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 2001. 34 pages. Ken Trotman Military Monograph #1.

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