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A Narrative of the Principal Events of the Campaigns of 1809, 1810, & 1811,
London: Printed for P. Martin,, 1812. in Spain and Portugal; interspersed with Remarks on Local Scenery and Manners, in a Series of Letters. By … Adjutant Third Foot Guards Octavo (213 ×128 mm) Twentieth-century brown half morocco, terracotta sand-grain cloth, title gilt to the spine, small floral tools to compartments, flag of the Booth shipping line to the upper board, edges sprinkled red. Folding map frontispiece. A little rubbed, map slightly crumpled and with some splitting at the lower edge, lightly browned, the prelims perhaps a little more so, but overall a very good copy. First edition, uncommon with just 6 locations on Copac. Early, and highly valuable, eyewitness to the Peninsular War. Stothert's epistolary account covers the period from the embarkation of his regiment at Spithead in March 1809 through to the end of 1811. He returned to England in January 1812. Born in Dumfries in 1780, Stothert became an ensign in the Third Foot Guards in October 1805, Adjutant August 1809, Lieutetant and Captain, April 1811. He here recounts his experiences in the campaigns in north Portugal; the battle of Talavera; the siege and storming of Ciudad Roderigo; the battle of Busaco; the retreat to the lines of Torres Vedras; the battle of Fuentes d'Onoro; the battle of Albuera; and the siege of Badajoz. In March 1814 he was severely wounded in the siege of Bergen op Zoom, and he died at Waterloo where he was serving as Byng's Major of Brigade. In 1899 his remains were moved from the Quartier-Léopold cemetery to the crypt of the British Waterloo Campaign Monument at Evere, Brussels. The binding on this copy probably dates to around 1903 when the Booth Line began services to Lisbon.
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