A GENTLEMAN VOLUNTEER : THE LETTERS OF GEORGE HENNELL FROM THE PENINSULAR WAR, 1812-13.

Glover, Michael. (Ed.)


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1st ed., 1979. 181 pp., plates + maps & plans. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Spine of d.j., faded ; bookplate & blind owner's stamp to f.e.p. o/w V.G. George Hennell joined Wellington’s army in the Peninsula as a Volunteer and was commissioned in the field in the 43rd Light Infantry. He served through the campaigns of 1812-13, from two days before the bloody storming of the citadel of Badajoz, to the victorious army descending the Pyrenees to invade France shortly before the fall of Napoleon. The discovery of his 26 letters home, as published here, were a considerable find because Hennell is particularly good at conveying the detail of everyday life in the field and camp. He is an excellent reporter because he not only recounts events as they happen but he tries to analyse his own reactions. He sometimes illustrated his letters with diagrams and fluent sketches, several of which are reproduced here.


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