By Gareth Glover
a infrequent paintings for plenty of purposes. it truly is, might be strangely, the 1st memoir approximately this crusade from this well-known regiment to be published.
Crowe wrote a regular magazine on the time, which virtually promises the authenticity and accuracy of his account. yet what makes it targeted is that Crowe used to be tremendous good learn and was once an complete author, in order that whilst he wrote up his magazine in 1842–3, he used to be capable of decorate his easy magazine, describing his options, activities and phrases in appealing aspect. He therefore became his checklist of his brief military profession right into a masterpiece of journalism.
Clearly written only for the joy of his relations, Crowe doesn't pull his punches: he censures officials either junior and senior; he talks overtly of the ravages of battle, and the pillaging, raping and looting; the horrors of warfare, describing the deaths and bad wounds of many in lurid aspect, the cowardice and stupidity; and he additionally describes the mundane intimately – not anything is handed over.
Crowe is a useful resource to army historians
on many degrees, and his magazine will stand proudly – deservedly – within the pantheon of significant army memoirs.
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An Eloquent Soldier: The Peninsular War Journals of Lieutenant Charles Crowe of the Inniskillings, 1812-14 by Gareth Glover