A CAVALRY OFFICER IN THE CORUNNA CAMPAIGN 1808-1809: THE JOURNAL OF CAPTAIN GORDON OF THE 15TH HUSSARS.

Wylly, Colonel H. C. (Ed.).


£150.00




1st ed., 1913. Xvi + 238 pp., cold., frontis-port., guarded, + 3 maps, one of which is fldg. Brown cloth; gilt title to front & spine; t.e.g.; 20 x 15cm. A little light marking to covers o/w V.G. Pasted to the f.f.e.p. is a slip of paper in the hand of Captain Gordon's Grandson, Mr. Arthur Gordon, C.M.G., of Ellon, reading With Compliments from Mr. Gordon of Ellon. Ellon Castle, Aberdeenshire, November 1913. The owner's name at the top reads 'H. W. Hodgson'. This is a First Edition Copy of the fascinating journal of Captain Gordon who served with the 15th Hussars during the Corunna Campaign of 1808 - 1809. It was based upon notes taken on the spot and written down immediately after the author's return to England when events were still fresh in his memory. It reveals his day-to-day progress and the operations of his corps and gives a valuable insight into the living and fighting conditions of a cavalry officer whilst revealing the author's own hopes and anxieties of battle. The 15th Hussars, throughout the retirement, was always with the rear-guard and thus we receive a valuable perspective of this. Previous diaries and journals had concentrated mainly on the activities of other arms in the Corunna Campaign but this account fills a gap by giving a detailed account of the work of the cavalry during the advance and the retreat. This valuable first-hand account of a famous Peninsular campaign is adorned with a coloured frontispiece portrait and three maps, one of which is folding. This first edition copy is enhanced by a pasted dedication from Captain Gordon's grandson in 1913.


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