1st ed., thus 1951. 287 pp., frontis., facsimile e.p's. D.j., (minor edge-wear o/w complete & unclipped) ; 22 x 14cm. Bookplate ; foxing mainly to margins, edges & d.j., o/w V.G. The letters of Private William Wheeler were one of the greatest discoveries from the Peninsular Wars. Wheeler served with the 51st, later the 1st Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. His letters begin with the Walcheren expedition, cover the main part of the Peninsular War, and then give his impressions of the Waterloo campaign. His later letters depict the conditions of overseas garrison service after the Napoleonic War, and provide some sidelights on the Greek War of Independence. His letters give a vivid description of the Peninsular countries and of Napoleonic warfare.