Grattan, William.


Greenhill, new ed., 1989. Xxii + 340 pp., frontis., + 2 plates, 2 plans + 1 map. D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. Here are the reminiscences of a subaltern with the Connaught Rangers, the old 88th, during the Peninsular War. William Grattan went out to the 1st Battalion in 1809 and served with it until the spring of 1813, when he went home on leave having obtained lieutenancy in 1812. Thus he served more than four years continuously and saw Busaco, Fuentes d'Onoro, El Bodon, the storms of Ciudad Rodrigo and Badajoz, Salamanca, and the disastrous retreat from Burgos. He was only off duty for a few weeks in 1812, in consequence of a wound received at Badajoz. In the ranks of the 3rd Division ' the "Fighting Division" as he is proud to call it ' he saw a greater portion of the war than most of his contemporaries. The author's first-hand account of the vicissitudes of the rank and file regarding pay, promotion, food and clothing, their views on Spain and the Spaniards and their thoughts on various commanders lifts his narrative into the front rank of Peninsular accounts.

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