Surrender at New Orleans, General Sir Harry Smith in the Peninsula and America

B2063

This is a gripping story of love and war, worthy of a well-crafted novel and all the more absorbing as a true story of two extraordinary characters.

Enthusiasts may know something of the story of General Sir Harry Smith and the Spanish beauty he married, but this carefully researched book provides a level of detail that tells their story in full and an extraordinary story it is. For most, the two subjects will be completely unknown. Napoleon, Wellington, Pitt, and Nelson are such powerful legends that there is little room for the cast of thousands of extraordinary soldiers, sailors and politicians that lived through the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Wellington and Nelson shared much in that they were ably supported by bands of brothers and Smith was one of Wellington’s band of brothers in Portugal and Spain, and again at Waterloo.

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NAME: Surrender at New Orleans, General Sir Harry Smith in the Peninsula and America
DATE: 141114
FILE: R2063
AUTHOR: David Rooney, Michael Scott
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 196
PRICE: £14.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Wellington, India, Ned Pakenham, Peninsula war, White House, New Orleans, Juana, Waterloo, South Africa.
ISBN: 1-78383-120-11
IMAGE: B2063.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: Enthusiasts may know something of the story of General Sir Harry Smith and the Spanish beauty he married, but this carefully researched book provides a level of detail that tells their story in full and an extraordinary story it is. For most, the two subjects will be completely unknown. Napoleon, Wellington, Pitt, and Nelson are such powerful legends that there is little room for the cast of thousands of extraordinary soldiers, sailors and politicians that lived through the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Wellington and Nelson shared much in that they were ably supported by bands of brothers and Smith was one of Wellington’s band of brothers in Portugal and Spain, and again at Waterloo.

General Smith married Juana after the key Battle of Badajoz in 1812 but he had served with Wellington through the Peninsula War and won the lifelong respect and affection of the Duke of Wellington. With the French defeated, General Smith left for the Americas with the British expedition in 1814. Initially this was successful and resulted in the burning of the White House. Admiral Cochrane was to question the mistaken mercy in not burning every building in Washington to the ground.

Smith joined Wellington’s brother-in-law, Ned Pakenham in the invasion of Louisiana. This invasion was not adequately supported as the Northern campaign had been, when Canadians and American loyalists joined British troops against their revolutionary persecutors. The American General Jackson was holding well prepared positions protecting New Orleans and Pakenham was rash in attacking with the forces at his disposal, paying for the error with his life. Smith took part in the British forces surrender to Jackson and then carried the news of the defeat back to London. On approaching England Smith learned of the escape of Napoleon from exile and this led to his breath-taking experience with Juana at Waterloo.

The book continues with an account of the extraordinary lives of General Smith and Juana, achievements in Africa and a model victory in 1846 in India.

This is a gripping story of love and war, worthy of a well-crafted novel and all the more absorbing as a true story of two extraordinary characters.

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