THE AMERICAN SHARPE: THE ADVENTURES OF AN AMERICAN OFFICER OF THE 95TH RIFLES IN THE PENINSULAR AND WATERLOO CAMPAIGNS
260pp., 16 colour illus. 2016. The discovery of an unpublished diary by an American from Charleston South Carolina who served as an officer in this elite regiment has caused great excitement. James Penman Gairdner was born in Charleston, South Carolina, schooled at Harrow. After school, he decided to become a soldier, receiving a commission in the famous 95th Rifles. He subsequently served 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.