A BOY IN THE PENINSULAR WAR: THE SERVICES, ADVENTURES, AND EXPERIENCES OF ROBERT BLAKENEY.

Sturgis, Julian, (Ed.).


£95.00




1st ed., 1899. Xviii + 382 pp., 1 fldg., map, partly cold. Original red cloth; gilt armorial to front cover; gilt title to spine; 2 edges uncut; 22 x 15cm. Browning to e.p.'s & some spots of foxing but mostly pages are clean; some bumps & rubbing to corners + edges of covers; spine faded with front cover leaning slightly; o/w V.G. These are the memoirs of Robert Blakeney who joined the 28th Foot at fifteen years of age and was present at the first and last battles of the Peninsular War and had fighting enough to content most men a lifetime. In this fascinating account of marches, bivouacs, battles and sieges plus a plethora of adventures on and off duty, the lively narrative is burnished with an unstinted pride in the men of his light company. After Barossa where two thirds of the men and all the officers of the 28th except the author and Colonel Browne, lay on the field of battle, the author received a well merited promotion. He assists in the trenches before Badajoz prior to sailing for England. Impatient to return to Spain he soon joins the 36th, his new Regiment, in the Pyrenees. At the battle of Nivelle his left leg is shattered as the author leads a decisive attack on the main redoubt. This is an uncommon First Edition copy of one of the finest Peninsula memoirs.


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