THE BACKBONE : DIARIES OF A MILITARY FAMILY IN THE NAPOLEONIC WARS.

Hayther, Alethea.


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Durham, 1st ed., 1993. Xi + 343 pp., frontis. D.j., 24 x 15cm. FINE. From 1798 to 1815 a young army officer, John Henry Slessor, was fighting in the wars with France in Ireland, Calabria, Egypt, the Adriatic, Northern Italy, Belgium and France. Meanwhile his mother and his three sisters, living in Portugal, experienced the first French invasion of the country, life under enemy occupation, liberation when Wellington’s forces arrived, and flight to England when the French returned. Mother and son both kept diaries, previously unpublished, which record encounters with Sir John Moore, Sidney Smith, the Empress Josephine, and others, and give vivid descriptions and shrewd assessments of the war with France of which there are comparatively few accounts. Two other brothers were officers in the Navy and in the East India Company service. This widely-scattered family maintained diaries and letters, crucial to historians today.


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