Sharpe and his adventures has made the 95th Foot rewned again and the discovery of an unpublished diary by an American from Charleston South Carolina who served, despite his father's objections, as an officer in this elite regiment has caused great excitement. James Penman Gairdner was born in Charleston, South Carolina, but he was sent back to the 'Old Country' for his education, receiving his schooling at Harrow. After school, rather than joining his father's merchant business he decided to become a soldier, receiving a commission in the famous 95th Rifles. He subsequently served, without a break, from the siege of Ciudad Rodrigo in January 1812 until the end of the war in 1814. He then fought in the Waterloo campaign and formed part of the Army of Occupation. He was wounded on three occasions. Throughout his service he kept a journal, which he managed to maintain on almost a daily basis. This journal, along with a number of letters that he wrote to his family, have been edited by rewned historian Gareth Glover and are presented here to the public for the first time. Readers will t find dramatic stories of great battles or adventurous escapades.Instead, Gairdner, details the everyday life of one of Wellington's soldiers; one of marches and billets, of the weather, the places and the people of the Iberian Peninsula and of Paris and Occupied France - the real nature of soldering. His diaries also highlight the very strange relationship between these newly independent Americans and the 'Old Country' they had so recently fought with; which even allowed for a true American boy to fight in the British Army, but t in America!
Gareth Glover is an ex-Royal Navy Officer who has studied the Napoleonic wars for over thirty years and over the last decade has published more than forty books of previously unpublished archival material from the period. He is the acknowledged foremost authority on the British archives related to the Napoleonic Wars and has made a huge number of discoveries which have radically altered our understanding of the Waterloo campaign.