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A Light Infantryman with Wellington
The Letters of Captain George Ulrich Barlow 52nd and 69th Foot 1808-15. From Reason To Revolution
This series of letters was written by a light infantry officer on campaign, as a lieutenant with the 52nd Foot in Spain and a captain with the 69th Foot in Belgium and France. George Ulrich Barlow saw action at Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajoz, Vitoria, San Sebastian, Nivelle, Nive and Orthez. He transferred to the 69th Foot as a captain and served with them in Belgium at the battles of Quatre Bras and Waterloo and then remained with the Army of Occupation in France until 1818. His involvement in the fighting and his honest views of some of the famous characters he met during his service are enlightening, including his first audience with Wellington at Freineda in Portugal. There are also interesting asides in his correspondence including his father's difficulties over his governorship of Madras and his brother's involvement in a major mutiny at the Royal Military College.
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The book will interest not only military readers but social historians of the period. * Army Rumour Service 05/02/2019 * As a slice of intimate history, I cannot recommend this book more. It is a valuable and eye-opening addition to my library which already holds a large number of memoirs and letters edited by Mr. Glover and others. with family from the other parts of Britain, the Continent and India. * The Napoleon Series 15/01/2019 *