Book Description

A series of five rare pamphlets representing the claims and counter claims of a controversy which erupted in the wake of the publication of the third volume of General Sir William Napier's monumental History of the Peninsular War. 1) The first of the pamphlets is titled Further Strictures on those parts of Col. Napier's History of The Peninsular War which relate to the military opinions and conduct of General Lord Viscount Beresford to which is added a report of the operations in the Alemtejo and Spanish Extremadura during campaign of 1811 by M. General Sir Benjamin D'Urban. pub, Longman 1832. 192 pp followed by D'Urban's pamphlet of 54pp. Partially hand-coloured folding map at front showing the lines of battle at Albuera. Map with linen tape reinforcement to verso of fold and short strip of sellotape reinforcement. (The previous year Beresford had published his 'Strictures on Certain Passages' in Napier's history and this further pamphlet demonstrates just how unhappy he was at Napier's presentation of his career in the Peninsula. Nor was this his last publication on the subject of the 'defects' of Napier's History as he saw them.) 2) A Reply to the Misrepresentations and Aspersions on the Military Reputation of the late Lieut. Gen. R. B Long contained in a work entitled Further Strictures on those parts of Col. Napier's History of The Peninsular War which relate to the military opinions and conduct of General Lord Viscount Beresford, by Charles Edward Long, pub. James Ridgway, 1832.. 145 pp. Lieutenant-General Robert Ballard Long (1771 – 1825) was an officer of the British and Hanoverian Armies. He never achieved high command, probably due to his abrasive manner with other officers. he was also accused, probably unfairly of tactical ineptitude on the battlefield. He mde an enemy of the Prince Regent and the duke of Cumberland and received no honours after his retirement. After his death, his nephew Charles Long, a historian, wrote a number of pamphlets defending his uncle's reputation and attacking his enemies, especially Beresford; 3) Letter to Charles Edward Long on the extracts recently published from the manuscript journal and private correspondence of the late Lieut. Gen R. B. Long by General Lord Viscount Beresford, pub John Murray, 1833. 61pp. A signature to the top of the title page looks to be 'C. B?. Long'. So, at the very least a family copy if not Charles Edward's himself. 4) Letter to General Viscount Beresford in reply to his Lordship's letter to the author relative to the conduct of the late Lieut. General Long in the campaign of 1811, by Charles Edward Long, pub. J. Ridgeway 1833. 150pp. 5) Colonel Napier's Justification of his Third Volume forming a Sequel to his reply to various opponents and containing some new and curious facts relative to the Battle of Albuera. Pub. Thomas and William Boone, 1833 35pp. Napier was a critic of Beresford's record as army commander during the Albuera Campaign citing Long's opinions to support his argument and thus drawing Beresford ire. Long's performance as a cavalry officer and his relationship with Beresford was at the heart of the controversy. Long's reputation has since been rehabilitated in Ian Fletcher's revisionist account of the British cavalry in the Napoleonic period. (Galloping At Everything. The British Cavalry in the Peninsular War and at Waterloo, 18098-15, A Reappraisal. pub Stackpole Books, 1999) These pamphlets are all rare in commerce and are here nicely presented, bound in uniform, modern, grey, paper covered boards [cloth labels to spine].
Author Various
Date 1833
Binding hard binding
Publisher various
Illustrator n/a
Condition VG
Pages multiple

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