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Tango0125 Nov 2022 7:46 p.m. PST

…at the Battle of Waterloo

"These letters, in the form of a frank and amusing diary, were written by a private in Wellington's army who fought throughout the Napoleonic Wars. Private Wheeler's record covers the Peninsular Campaign, keeping order during the coronation of Louis XVIII (whom he called 'an old bloated poltroon') and his later posting to Corfu…"


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42flanker26 Nov 2022 12:31 p.m. PST

Private William Wheeler of the 51st Light Infantry, late of the Surrey militia. His letters only came to light in 1948.

Interesting earlier edition here. The eagle-eyed among you may spot the deliberate error.


Tango0126 Nov 2022 3:25 p.m. PST



Sources202226 Nov 2022 7:44 p.m. PST

The first edition of Wheeler's Letters was published in 1951 and copies are still available: link

forrester27 Nov 2022 1:59 p.m. PST

One of the classics, though I'd forgotten it was a relatively recent discovery. I bought what I assume is an earlier edition 2nd hand on E Bay this year, having first read it in the 70.s from the library.

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