Two hundred years ago the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars convulsed the whole of Europe. These were key events in the history of the continent, and for Britain, and they are a fascinating field for historical – and family history – research. More records than ever are available on the men who served in the British army during the wars – and on their families – this book is the perfect guide to how to locate and understand these sources – and get the most out of them. It gives a vivid insight into what soldiers’ lives were like during the period and shows how much of their experience can be recovered from the records.
Using the full range of sources – contemporary military records, correspondence, diaries, memoirs – it reconstructs in detail the stories of a representative group of individuals who took part in the wars – a soldier who saw action as a marine in the Mediterranean fleet, a Gordon Highlander who was taken prisoner, riflemen who served at Walcheren, in the Peninsula and at Waterloo, artillerymen who played a crucial role in battles and in sieges, a gentry family whose sons served as officers in the Peninsula and in India, and two remarkable women who were among the many who went to war with the men.
- Pages: 188
- ISBN: 9781848845749
- Published: 12th March 2012
- Publisher: Pen & Sword Books