THROUGH SPAIN WITH WELLINGTON: THE LETTERS OF LIEUTENANT PETER LE MESURIER OF THE ‘FIGHTING NINTH’
272pp., 51 illus. 2016.
The letters of Peter Le Mesurier (1789-1813) cover his service in the 9th Foot, from leaving for Portugal as an ensign in 1808 at the very start of the Peninsular War, up until Le Mesurier’s death at the Battle of the Nive in December 1813. The ‘Fighting Ninth’ saw more action than any other regiment, and this correspondence covers most of the key events of the Peninsular War. He fought through Spain and Portugal: Salamanca, Corunna, San Sebastian, Vitoria.