THE LETTERS OF LT.COLONEL SIR JOHN CAMERON, 1st BATTALION 9TH REGIMENT OF FOOT 1808-14.

CAMERON (J.)

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100pp., illus., P.B. 2013.

John Cameron commanded 1st Battalion during the majority of the Peninsular War, the 1st Battalion seeing virtually unbroken service from Rolica in 1808 to the Nive in 1814. In 1808 both battalions of the regiment landed in Portugal under Wellesley, the 1st Battalion seeing action at Rolica and both battalions being present at Vimiero.

With the arrival of Sir John Moore the 1st Battalion marched into Spain and suffered with the rest of the army on its retreat to Corunna. Following evacuation from Corunna, the 1st Battalion recuperated at home for a short period, before embarking on the ill fated Walcheren Expedition where the regiment saw little action but lost many men to malaria. Soon after, the 1st Battalion found itself back in the Peninsular, arriving in time to fight in the Battle of Bussaco and then retired with the army to the lines of Torres Vedras. The Battalion was present at the Battle of Fuentes d’Onoro but hardly engaged, forming a reserve at the bitterly fought Ciudad Rodrigo and Badajoz before fighting at the great victory at Salamanca and capture of Madrid. The 1st Battalion shared fully in the great advance of 1813, culminating in the stunning victory at Vitoria and subsequent siege of San Sebastian in which the 9th were heavily engaged. It then advanced with Wellington’s Army into Southern France, being involved in the crossing of the Bidassoa, and the three day fight at the Nive.