WATERLOO GENERAL: THE LIFE, LETTERS AND MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF MAJOR GENERAL SIR WILLIAM PONSONBY 1772 – 1815
240pp., 30 illus. 2016. At Waterloo Sir William Ponsonby was killed by French lancers after leading the Union Brigade in a charge that wrecked a French advance that threatened Wellington with defeat. Sir William was a career soldier who had led his regiment in the decisive charge at the Battle of Salamanca and served with great distinction during the Peninsular War. Yet historians have blamed him because the charge at Waterloo got out of hand.