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2015 Napoleon Series Writing Contest

31 December 2016

Ferdi Irmfried Wöber brings to life a long forgotten heroine of the 1809 Franco-Austrian War in The Girl of Kismegyer at the Battle of Raab

Steve Brown looks at the 6th Battalion Royal Regiment of Artillery in British Artillery Companies and the Men Who Led Them – 1793 To 1815

In Susan Howard's study of The Bailen Enquiry:

The Loot of Cordova

Greg Gorsuch continues translating Volume IV of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 18: Part VIII

In Tony Broughton's Napoleon's Nobles:

The Generals de Brigade

Another article by Gareth Glover from the archives of John Schneider's Napoleonic Literature Archives:

San Sebastian Then and Now: the Siege of 1813

We continue to update British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars:

The Foot Guards

We made corrections to Lionel S. Challis's "Peninsula Roll Call":

Southwell, Arthur Francis

We close with reviews of:

Wellington Against Soult: The Second Invasion of Portugal 1809
Wellington's Eastern Front: the Campaigns on the East Coast of Spain 1810-1814
Crippled Splendour: the French Cavalry from Valmy to Toulouse
The Journal of Trooper Samuel Gallagher, 5th Dragoon Guards in Spain, Portugal and France, 1810 – 1815

15 December

We continue to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the founding of the War of 1812 Magazine!

Issue 26

30 November

A new addition to our primary sources archives: A Letter Home from Waterloo by a Westphalian Landwehr Soldier

Greg Gorsuch continues translating Volume IV of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 18: Part VII

In Tony Broughton's Napoleon's Nobles:

The Genie (Engineers)

In Susan Howard's study of The Bailen Enquiry:

The Bailen Enquiry: a Summary of the Capitulation

From John Schneider's Napoleonic Literature Archives, another article by Gareth Glover

Mercer's Troop at Waterloo

We continue to update British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars:

The Cavalry
Enlisted Soldiers

We close with a review of The Letters of Private Henry Willis: 1st Regiment of Life Guards, 1807-14

15 November

In Susan Howard's study of The Bailen Enquiry:

The Bailen Enquiry: a Summary of the Campaign

In Tony Broughton's Napoleon's Nobles:

Regiments d’Artillerie de Marine

Greg Gorsuch continues translating Volume IV of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 18: Part VI

From John Schneider's Napoleonic Literature Archives, another article by Gareth Glover

British Static Fortifications to Meet the Treat of Invasion 1798 - 1814

We close with a pair of reviews:

The Memoirs of Baron von Müffling: a Prussian Officer in the Napoleonic Wars
Men of the 1st Foot Guards at Waterloo and Beyond

31 October

We have received permission from John Schneider to publish material that he had on his website Napoleonic Literature which is no longer on line. The first article is by Gareth Glover and it is in our Virtual Battlefield Tours Section:

Burgos in 1812

Greg Gorsuch continues translating Volume IV of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 18: Part V

In Tony Broughton's Napoleon's Nobles:

Officers who served in the Corps Imperiale de Artillerie

In Susan Howard's study of The Bailen Enquiry:

The Bailen Enquiry Part XV: Verdict and Sentencing; the Sequels

We continue to update British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars:

General Officers
The Foot Guards

We close with three reviews:

Through Spain with Wellington: The Letters of Lieutenant Peter Le Mesurier of the ‘Fighting Ninth.’
Waterloo General: the Life, Letters and Mysterious Death of Major General Sir William Ponsonby 1772 – 1815
The Austro-Hungarian Army: 1792 – 1814

15 October

Roberto Scattolin studies the impact of her husband's death on the wives who accompanied the British Army on campaign in
A Conjugal Familiarity: Historic Asymmetries and Social Plan during the 1808 Portuguese Campaign

In Susan Howard's study of The Bailen Enquiry:

The Bailen Enquiry Part XIV: the 5th Session; Summing-up and Individual Opinions of the Council

In Tony Broughton's Napoleon's Nobles:

Regiments de Artillerie Garde Imperial

Greg Gorsuch continues translating Volume IV of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 18: Part IV

Ron McGuigan and Robert Burnham continue to look at British generals. This time it is Wellington’s Generals Who Were Members of Parliament

We continue to update British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars:

The Foot Guards
The Infantry
Commissary Department

We close with a review of Ian Fletcher's Voices from the Peninsula: Eyewitness Accounts by Soldiers of Wellington’s Army, 1808 – 1814

30 September

Ron McGuigan and Robert Burnham look at British General Officer Casualties in Wellington’s Army: 1808 – 1815

Greg Gorsuch begins translating Volume IV of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 18: Part III

In Tony Broughton's Napoleon's Nobles:

The Horse Artillery Regiments

We close with two reviews:

The Grand Old Duke of York: A Life of Frederick, Duke of York and Albany 1763-1827
Waterloo Lectures: a Study of the Campaign of 1815

15 September 2016

In Tony Broughton's Napoleon's Nobles:

The Foot Artillery Regiments

Greg Gorsuch begins translating Volume IV of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 18: Part II

In Susan Howard's study of The Bailen Enquiry:

The Bailen Enquiry Part XIII: the Defences of Marescot, Vedel, Chabert and Villoutreys and further Statements from Dupont

We did a massive update to Not One in Ten Thousand Know Your Name: the Officers of the British 1st Battalion of Detachments in 1809 -- Assistant Surgeon George Beattie, 92nd Foot

We have a new section in British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars

The Lisbon Commandant

We also continue to update British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars:

Wellington's Military Family
The Infantry

The Royal Engineers
The Medical Department
British Officers Serving in the Portuguese Army

We close with a pair of reviews:

Picton’s Division at Waterloo
The Texas Papers: a Collection of Peninsular War Letters, Written by Various Senior British & Portuguese Officers held at the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Texas

31 August 2016

Ron McGuigan and Robert Burnham look at How Senior Officers Were Promoted in the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars

In Susan Howard's study of The Bailen Enquiry:

The Bailen Enquiry Part XII: the Third and Fourth Sittings; the Act of Accusation and Dupont’s Defence

Greg Gorsuch begins translating Volume IV of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 18: Part I

More data from Eman Vovsi for the Statistical Abstract of the Napoleonic Wars:

French Office Casualties in the 1812 Campaign in Russia: the Carabinier Regiments
French Office Casualties in the 1812 Campaign in Russia: the Cuirassier Regiments
French Office Casualties in the 1812 Campaign in Russia: the Dragoon Regiments

We continue to update British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars:

The Infantry

We close with a review of: The Lines of Torres Vedras: The Cornerstone of Wellington’s Strategy in the Peninsular War 1809 – 12

15 August 2016

More data from Eman Vovsi for the Statistical Abstract of the Napoleonic Wars:

French Officer Casualties in the 1812 Campaign in Russia: the Swiss Regiments
French Officer Casualties in the 1812 Campaign in Russia: the Vistula Legion
French Officer Casualties in the 1812 Campaign in Russia: Portuguese Regiments
French Office Casualties in the 1812 Campaign in Russia: Foreign Regiments

Greg Gorsuch finishes translating Volume III of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 17, Part XIII
Errata and Addendum
Table of Contents

In Susan Howard's study of The Bailen Enquiry:

The Bailen Enquiry Part XI: the First and Second Days of the Hearing

We update one of our oldest articles: Spanish Recruits in the British Army 1812 - 1814

31 July 2016

Paul Dawson writes about the organization and uniforms of the Flanquer-Grenadiers of the Imperial Guard based on information found in the French Army Archives.

In Susan Howard's study of The Bailen Enquiry:

The Bailen Enquiry Part X: the Development of the Legal Process

Greg Gorsuch's translation of Volume III of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 17, Part XII

Eman Vovsi provides data in the Statistical Abstract of the Napoleonic Wars for

French Officers Casualties in the 1812 Campaign in Russia: the Line Infantry Regiments
French Officers Casualties in the 1812 Campaign in Russia: the Light Infantry Regiments

We close with a review of:

With the 1st Foot Guards in the Peninsular and at Waterloo: the Letters of Lieutenant Colonel Henry Pack, 1806 – 1816
Napoleon’s Rosebud

15 July 2016

In Steve Brown study of British Artillery Companies and the Men Who Led Them – 1793 to 1815:

The 5th Battalion, Royal Artillery

Greg Gorsuch's translation of Volume III of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 17, Part XI

The interrogations continue, in Susan Howard's study of The Bailen Enquiry:

The Bailen Enquiry Part IX: The Correspondence for the Critical Days

Eman Vovsi provides data in the Statistical Abstract of the Napoleonic Wars for

French Officers Casualties in the 1812 Campaign in Russia: the Headquarters
French Officers Casualties in the 1812 Campaign in Russia: the the Imperial Guard

Eamonn O'Keeffe provides new entries to British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars:

The Infantry
Enlisted Memoirs
Musicians

We updated the Links Section

We close with a pair of reviews:

Journal of Ensign John Drummond of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, Peninsular War 1812 - 1814
Boots and Saddles: Horses and Riders of Wellington's Army

30 June 2016

Eamonn O'Keeffe looks at drum majors in the British Army in Fops under Fire: British Drum-Majors in Action during the Napoleonic Wars

Paul Dawson writes about the organization and uniforms of the Conscript Grenadiers of the Imperial Guard based on information found in the French Army Archives.

Steve Brown continues his study of British Artillery Companies and the Men Who Led Them – 1793 to 1815 with

The 4th Battalion, Royal Artillery

In Tony Broughton's Napoleon's Nobles:

The Imperial Guard Cavalry

The interrogations continue, in Susan Howard's study of The Bailen Enquiry:

The Bailen Enquiry Part VIII: Gathering the Evidence for the High Court; Villoutreys, Poinsot, Privé, Vigier, Reboulleau, Daugier

In Greg Gorsuch's translation of Volume III of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 17, Part X

We continue to update British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars:

Generals
Quarter-Master-General's Department

We close with a pair of reviews:

George Walton 1796 – 1874: the Journal & Diary of a Rifleman of the 95th Who Fought at Waterloo
Napoleon and Italy: a Military History of Napoleonic Italy, 1805 – 1815

15 June 2016

In Greg Gorsuch's translation of Volume III of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 17, Part IX

The interrogations continue, in Susan Howard's study of The Bailen Enquiry:

The Bailen Enquiry Part VII: Gathering the Evidence for the High Court; Legendre and Villoutreys

In Tony Broughton's Napoleon's Nobles:

The Counts: the Chevau-Legers-Lancier Regiments

A review of On the Road with Wellington: Diary of a War Commissary in the Peninsula Campaign

We continue to update British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars:

Generals
Artillery
Cavalry
Volunteers

We have added several new Links

31 May 2016

We celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the founding of the War of 1812 Magazine!

Issue 25

15 May 2016

More from Tony Broughton in his Napoleon's Nobles:

The Counts: the Hussar Regiments

In Greg Gorsuch's translation of Volume III of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 17, Part VIII

The interrogations continue, in Susan Howard's study of The Bailen Enquiry:

The Bailen Enquiry Part VI: Gathering the Evidence for the High Court; Vedel and Chabert

We continue to update British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars:

The Adjutant General's Department
The Infantry Regiments

The Medical Department
The Commissary Department

We close with a pair of reviews:

The Royal Saxon Army: 1792 – 1814
To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian

30 April 2016

Susan Howard looks at more interrogations in her study of The Bailen Enquiry:

The Bailen Enquiry Part V: Gathering the Evidence for the High Court; Plauzoles, Dupont and Marescot

In Greg Gorsuch's translation of Volume III of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 17, Part VII

Our final entry to Andrew Bamford's British Army Individual Unit Strengths: 1808-1815:

Royal Barrack Artificers: September 1808 to November 1810 (Gibraltar – 27 months). Total coverage, 27 months.

We add a new section to British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars:

Volunteers

We close with a review of Kevin Kiley's Artillery of the Napoleonic Wars: Artillery in Siege, Fortress and Navy, 1792 - 1815

15 April 2016

In Greg Gorsuch's translation of Volume III of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 17, Part VI

In Tony Broughton's Napoleon's Nobles:

The Counts: the Dragoon Regiments

In Andrew Bamford's British Army Individual Unit Strengths: 1808-1815, the Royal Marines!

1st Royal Marine Battalion
2nd Royal Marine Battalion
Royal Marine Artillery

Susan Howard looks at more interrogations n her study of The Bailen Enquiry

Part Four: the Interrogations of Dupont, Chabert and Vedel

31 March 2016

Susan Howard looks at the first interrogations n her study of The Bailen Enquiry

Part Three: the First Interrogations, Villoutreys and Marescot

Tony Broughton provides more information on Napoleon's Nobles:

The Counts: the Chasseur Regiments

In Greg Gorsuch's translation of Volume III of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 17, Part V

We continue with Andrew Bamford's British Army Individual Unit Strengths: 1808-1815, with the Royal Wagon Train in the Peninsula.

Wagon Train, Cadiz: April 1811 to September 1812. Total coverage, 18 months.
Wagon Train, Peninsula (1): September 1808 to June 1814. Total coverage, 70 months.
Wagon Train, Peninsula (2): September to December 1808. Total coverage, 4 months.

Christian Stutz updates his study of Gustavus Brown

15 March 2016

In Greg Gorsuch's translation of Volume III of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 17, Part IV

Tony Broughton provides more information on Napoleon's Nobles:

The Counts: the Cuirassier Regiments

We continue with Andrew Bamford's British Army Individual Unit Strengths: 1808-1815, with the Royal Wagon Train in the Low Countries:.

Wagon Train, Flanders: December 1813 to May 1814 and April to July 1815. Total coverage, 10 months
Wagon Train, Walcheren: August to November 1809. Total coverage, 4 months

Susan Howard looks at the initial reports in her study of The Bailen Enquiry

Part II: the First Reports

We updated British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars

Officers' Servants
Musicians

29 February 2016

Susan Howard takes a fresh look at the documents relating to the Capitulation of Bailen of 1808 and the resulting Imperial Enquiry of 1812 in The Bailen Enquiry

Part I

Paul Dawson looks at the Uniforms of the Jerome Napoleon Hussars based on material he found in the French Archives.

Tony Broughton provides more information on Napoleon's Nobles:

The Counts: the Carabinier Regiments

We continue with Andrew Bamford's British Army Individual Unit Strengths: 1808-1815, the Royal Staff Corps in the Peninsula.

Royal Staff Corps, Flanders: April to July 1815. Total Coverage, 4 months.
Royal Staff Corps, Walcheren: August to November 1809. Total Coverage, 4 months.

In Greg Gorsuch's translation of Volume III of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 17, Part III

We updated British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars

Colonels Commanding Brigades
Brigade Majors
The Cavalry
The Infantry
Enlisted Memoirs

We made corrections to Lionel S. Challis's "Peninsula Roll Call":

Wackholtz, Friederich to Wyse, Francis

15 February 2016

In Greg Gorsuch's translation of Volume III of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 17, Part II

We continue with Andrew Bamford's British Army Individual Unit Strengths: 1808-1815, the Royal Staff Corps in the Peninsula.

Royal Staff Corps, Cadiz: April 1810 to September 1812. Total Coverage, 30 months.
Royal Staff Corps, East Coast Spain: April 1813 to March 1814. Total Coverage, 12 months.
Royal Staff Corps, Peninsula: June 1809 to May 1814. Total Coverage, 60 months.

We close with two reviews:

Wellington's Redjackets
Through Spain with Wellington: The Letters of Lieutenant Peter Le Mesurier of the ‘Fighting Ninth’

31 January 2016

Richard Smith eamines the impact of cartography in the Peninsular War in:

Getting Lost and Finding the Way: the Use, Misuse and Non-use of Maps and Reconnaissance for Route Planning in the Peninsular War (1807 – 1814)

Paul Dawson looks at the uniforms of the French 12th Hussars from 1813 - 1814 based on material he found in the French Archives.

Tony Broughton provides more information on Napoleon's Nobles:

The Counts: the Light Infantry Regiments

We continue with Andrew Bamford's British Army Individual Unit Strengths: 1808-1815, the Royal Staff Corps in North America!

Royal Staff Corps, American Coast: October 1814, January and February 1815. Total Coverage, 3 months.
Royal Staff Corps, Nova Scotia: May to July 1815. Total Coverage, 3 months

In Greg Gorsuch's translation of Volume III of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 17, Part I

We updated British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars

The Cavalry Regiments
The Royal Engineers

15 January

Our first update of the new year!

Major Phonexayphova examines how How Napoleon's parents shaped the future emperor in

Expectations and Resentment: the Roots of Napoleon Bonaparte’s Ambition and Success

Nicolaus Drimmel provides a biography of Austrian general Michael Freiherr von Keinmayer in:

Der eiserne Obelisk: Ein sprechendes Grabmal am Penzinger Friedhof (in German)

Steve Brown continues to write the histories of different British Cavalry in British Cavalry Regiments and the Men Who Led Them 1793-1815. This time he looks at the 12th Light Dragoons

In Greg Gorsuch's translation of Volume III of The Campaign of 1814

Chapter 16, Part VIII

We continue with Andrew Bamford's British Army Individual Unit Strengths: 1808-1815, the Royal Sapper and Miners in North America!

Royal Sappers and Miners, Walcheren: August to November 1809. Total coverage, 4 months.
Royal Sappers and Miners, Flanders: December 1813 to July 1815. Total coverage, 20 months.

Tony Broughton continues to look at Napoleon's Nobles:

The Counts: 101e Regiment d’Infanterie de Ligne to the 156e Regiment d’Infanterie de Ligne

We updated British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars

The Foot Guards
The Infantry
The 95th Rifles

We close with a review of Waterloo 1815: The British Army’s Day of Destiny

Traditionally I also use the first update of the year to provide a "State of the Napoleon Series" message.

The year 2015 was also an incredible year for the Napoleon Series. It was the 20th Anniversary of the founding of our website and we continue to grow at an incredible rate. We now have online over 155,000 articles, reviews, images, maps, and other items. All are free to the public and the number of visitors is immense. We have about 100,000 different visitors a month with 57,000 files downloaded per day,or 15,000,000 files during the year! This averages 2GB of data per day! Twenty-six individuals wrote articles for us and they came from Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States! Our History Forum continues to be the place for exchanging of ideas, with 1,000+ registered users and over 11,000 messages posted last year.

I would be amiss if I did not publicly thank all of the editors who were actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the Series in 2015. In alphabetical order are:

Tony Broughton, the Research Editor. He has always been there to answer even the most obscure question! Few are aware, that many of the images that we use to illustrate the articles come from his private collection! He also has written many articles for the Series.

John R. Grodzinski, Editor of the War of 1812 Magazine. John retired after editing 23 issues of the magazine and the new editor is Matthew Macvittie

Tom Holmberg, the Reviews Editor. Every review published on the Series is edited by Tom first! Tom is also one of the top contributors to the Napoleon Series Forum.

David Markham, the Napoleon Series' Writing Contest coordinator

Stephen Summerfield, Editor of the Smoothbore Ordnance Journal.

Several individuals also have provided many of the articles that we published in the past year. It is through their continuing efforts that make the Napoleon Series such a valuable source of information on the Napoleonic Era! In alphabetical order, they are: Andrew Bamford, Tony Broughton, Steve Brown, Greg Gorsuch, and Eman Vovsi.

I would like to close with by thanking those who contributed much time and effort judging our writing contest:

Colonel Jack Gill, Dr. Wayne Hanley, Dr. J. David Markham, and Dr. Eman Vovsi who were the judges in our annual writing contest!

Interested in Contributing a Paper to the Napoleon Series? We have developed a writing and style guide! This guide was developed based on 18 years of editing over 4,000 papers that have been submitted to the Series. Although most papers follow the guide in spirit, almost all have minor problems. This in itself may not appear to be a major issue, however we publish over 1,000 new items a year. We spend hundreds of hours every year formatting these papers to ensure that all contributions published by the Napoleon Series will have a uniform look. Much of the guide is common sense and if followed by the author, will reduce the amount of time needed to edit a paper. Please send your papers in a format that can be easily edited, such as Word. Once it has been edited, your paper will be published in PDF format.

All papers must follow these guidelines, unless given prior approval by the editor.  Those papers that do not follow these  guidelines will be sent back to the author for revision.

This guide is not intended to limit the content of any contribution; rather it is designed to aid authors in properly formatting their articles and to reduce the amount of time spent editing the articles.

A copy of the guide can be found at: Napoleon Series Format and Style Guide

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Editor-in-Chief
The Napoleon Series

 



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