Research Subjects: Eyewitness Accounts

British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars: the King's German Legion

By Robert Burnham

 

The Staff

Benne, John F. L. "Letters # 12, 13, and 14 " in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Pages 38 - 42

Notes: was a lieutenant in the King's German Legion; was a brigade major at Waterloo; letters are signed Lewis Benne.

Heimburg, Christian von. "Letter # 195, dated 2 March 1839" in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Page 299

Notes: was a captain and the brigade major of the 4th Hannoverian Brigade 6th Division at Waterloo.

Sichart, Lewis von. "Letter # 15, dated 10 July 1836" in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Pages 42 - 43

Notes: was a lieutenant in the 2nd Line Battalion King's German Legion; was attached to the KGL Staff at Waterloo.

Artillery

Braun, William. "Report of the Hanoverian 1st 9-pounder Battery Braun" in in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume II: German Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2010. Pages 50 - 51

Notes: was a 2nd captain and was in Captain Augustus Sympher's 1st Troop King's German Artillery.

Cleeves, Andrew. "Report of the 4th Battery of the German Legion, dated 15 November 1824" in in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume II: German Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2010. Pages 52 - 57

Notes: was a captain and commanded the 4th Company King's German Artillery.

Erythropel, Frederick. "Letter # 87, dated 15 February 1835" in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Pages 145 - 146

Notes: was a 2nd captain and commanded the 1st Company King's German Artillery at Waterloo; curiously this letter is about Captain Augustus Sympher's 1st Horse Artillery Troop.

Goeben, William von. "Letter # 89, dated 7 February 1835" in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Pages 147 - 148

Notes: was a 1st lieutenant in Captain Andrew Cleeve's 4th Company King's German Artillery.

Heise, Henry L. "From La Belle Alliance" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume V: German Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2013. Pages 21 - 22

Notes: was a major and commanded the artillery of the 5th Division at Waterloo.

Heise, Lewis. "Letters # 92 and 93, dated 23 April 1835 and 20 February 1837" in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Pages 153 - 156

Notes: was a lieutenant in Captain Charles von Rettberg's Hannoverian 2nd Foot Battery at Waterloo.

Kuhlmann, Henry. "Report of the 2nd Horse Artillery Battery at Quatre Bras and Waterloo, dated 1 December 1824" in in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume II: German Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2010. Pages 42 - 45

Notes: was a captain who commanded the King's German Artillery 2nd Horse Artillery Troop at Waterloo.

Rettberg, Charles von. "Letters # 90 and 91, dated 10 February 1835 and 25 July 1836 " in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Pages 146 - 147

Notes: was a captain and commanded the Hannoverian 2nd Foot Battery at Waterloo.

Rettberg, Charles von. "Report of the Hanoverian 2nd 9-pounder Battery" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume II: German Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2010. Pages 45 - 50

Notes: was a captain and commanded the Hannoverian 2nd Foot Battery at Waterloo.

Wissell, Lewis von. "Letter # 88, dated 24 February 1835" in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Pages 146 - 147

Notes: was a 2nd lieutenant in Captain Henry Kuhlmann's 2nd Troop King's German Horse Artillery.

1st Line Battalion

Anonymous. "Report of the 1st KGL Line Battalion" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume II: German Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2010. Pages 58 - 59

Goeben, Frederick von. "Letter # 131, dated 12 March 1835" in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Pages 190 - 199

Notes: was a captain at Waterloo; took command of the battalion after its colonel was severely wounded at Waterloo.

2nd Line Battalion

Hamilton, James. "Undated Letter" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume VI: British Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2014. Pages 149 - 152

Notes: was a lieutenant at Waterloo.

Heise, Adolphus. "Letter # 133, dated 15 February 1835" in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Pages 201 - 203

Notes: was a lieutenant and adjutant of the battalion at Waterloo.

Muller, George von. "Report of the 2nd KGL Line Battalion, dated 23 November 1824 " in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume II: German Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2010. Pages 60 - 62

Notes: was a major, but commanded the battalion.

Purgold, Frederick. "Letter # 132, dated 4 March 1835" in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Pages 200 - 201

Notes: was a captain and severely wounded at Waterloo.

Sichart, Lewis von. "Letter # 15, dated 10 July 1836" in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Pages 42 - 43

Notes: was a lieutenant in the 2nd Line Battalion King's German Legion; was attached to the KGL Staff at Waterloo.

3rd Line Battalion

Anonymous. "Report of the 3rd KGL Line Battalion" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume II: German Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2010. Pages 62 - 65

Cordemann, Albertus. "Letter # 134, dated 2 March 1835" in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Pages 203 - 207

Notes: was a captain at Waterloo.

Dehnel, Henry. "Extracts from 'A Retrospection of My Military Career in the Years from 1805 to 1849', published in 1859" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume V: German Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2013. Pages 24 - 35

Notes: was a lieutenant.

4th Line Battalion

Anonymous. "Report of the 4th KGL Line Battalion" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume II: German Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2010. Pages 65 - 65

Mejer, Philip. "Letter # 135, dated 14 February 1835" in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Pages 208 - 211

Notes: was the senior captain in the battalion at Waterloo; was acting as a major after Major Chuden was seriously wounded on 18 June 1815.

Schlichthorst, Conrad. "Letter # 136, dated 26 February 1835" in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Pages 211 - 213

Notes: was a captain at Waterloo.

Uslar-Gleichen, Ferdinand von. "Extracts from 'Reminiscences of German Officers in British Service from the Wars 1805 to 1816', published in 1864" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume V: German Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2013. Pages 35 - 37

Notes: was an ensign.

5th Line Battalion

Anonymous. "Report of the 5th KGL Line Battalion" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume II: German Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2010. Pages 88 - 90

Brandis, Eberhard von. "Extracts from 'Reminiscences of German Officers in British Service from the Wars 1805 to 1816', published in 1864" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume V: German Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2013. Pages 49 - 60.

Notes: was a lieutenant and the aide-de-campt to Colonel Ompteda at Waterloo.

Brandis, Eberhard von. "Letter # 167, dated 12 February 1835" in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Pages 255 - 256

Notes: was a lieutenant and the aide-de-campt to Colonel Ompteda at Waterloo.

Linsingen, William von. "Letter # 166" in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Pages 254- 255

Notes: was a lieutenant colonel and commanded the battalion at Waterloo.

Ompteda, Christian von. In the King's German Legion: Memoirs of Baron Ompteda, Colonel in the King's German Legion during the Napoleonic Wars Von Ompteda, Louis (ed.). Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 1987. 328 pages.

Notes: 1793 - 1815; commanded 1st Light Battalion in 1812; 5th Line Battalion in 1813; Brigadier in 1815.

Wheatley, Edmund. The Wheatley Diary: A Journal and Sketchbook Kept during the Peninsular War and the Waterloo Campaign Hibbert, Christopher (ed.). London: Longmans, Green and Co.; 1964. 111 pages.

Notes: In the Peninsula 1813 - 1814, not at Vitoria; at Waterloo.

7th Line Battalion

Hering, John Frederick. Journal of an Officer in the King's German Legion Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 2000.

Notes: was a medical officer. Served in Hanover, the Baltic, and the Peninsula from 1809 - 1811, with the1st KGL Hussars. Served in Sicily with the 7th KGL Battalion from 1811 until late 1815.

Maempel, Johann C. Adventures of a Young Rifleman, in the French and English Armies, during the War in Spain and Portugal, from 1806 to 1816. London: Henry Colburn; 1826. 371 pages.

Notes: Captured in1811. Enlisted in KGL in 1812. 

Phillipe. A Conscript for the Empire: the Experiences of a Young German Conscript During the Napoleonic Wars. Leonaur, 2008. 180 pages.

Notes: was a conscript in the French Army and captured at Bailen; enlisted in the KGL and was a friend of Johann Maempel.

Schaumann, August Ludolf Friedrich. On the Road with Wellington: the Diary of a War Commissary in the Peninsular Campaigns. Ludovici, Anthony (ed.).New York: Alfred Knopf; 1925. 440 pages.

Notes: Served in Peninsula from 1808 - 1813; at all major battles including retreat to Coruna; served with 1st KGL Hussars in 1810; 7th KGL Infantry in 1811; 9th Light Dragoons in 1812; 18th Hussars from 1812 - 1813.

8th Line Battalion

Anonymous. "Report of the 8th KGL Line Battalion" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume II: German Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2010. Pages 90 - 91

Bertram, Christopher B. "Letter # 169, dated 25 February 1835" in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Pages 258 -259

Notes: was a lieutenant at Waterloo; took over command of Captain Thilo von Westernhagen's Company when he was killed..

Best, Charles. "Letter # 194, dated 27 February 1835" in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Pages 294 - 298

Notes: was a lieutenant colonel and commander of the 4th Hannoverian Brigade 6th Division at Waterloo.

Dorndorf, Frederick. "Letter # 170, dated 4 May 1835" in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Page 260

Notes: was an ensign at Waterloo.

Marburg, Frederick. "Letter # 168, dated 12 February 1835" in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Page 257

Notes: was a captain at Waterloo.

1st Light Battalion

Buhse, William. "Letter # 162, dated 24 February 1835" in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Pages 240 - 241

Notes: was an ensign and adjutant at Waterloo.

Gilsa, Frederick von. "Letter # 147, dated 9 December 1840" in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Pages 225 - 226

Notes: was a captain and company commander at Waterloo; was sent with the 5th and 6th Companies into La Haye Sainte.

Heise, Kristofe. "Letters # 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, and 156" in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Pages 228 - 236

Notes: was a captain and acting adjutant at Waterloo.

Leonhart, Harry. "Letters # 157, 158, 159, 160 and 161" in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Pages 236 - 239

Notes: was a lieutenant at Waterloo.

Ompteda, Christian von. In the King's German Legion: Memoirs of Baron Ompteda, Colonel in the King's German Legion during the Napoleonic Wars Von Ompteda, Louis (ed.). Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 1987. 328 pages.

Notes: 1793 - 1815; commanded 1st Light Battalion in 1812; 5th Line Battalion in 1813; Brigadier in 1815.

Wyneken, Christian. "Letters # 148 and 149, dated 24 November 1840 and 2 December 1841" in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Pages 226 - 227

Notes: was a captain and company commander at Waterloo; commanded the 1st and 2nd Companies on the right of La Haye Sainte.

2nd Light Battalion

Baring, George. "Letters # 163, 164, and 165" in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Pages 241 - 254

Notes: was a major and commanded the battalion at Waterloo; was responsible for the defense of La Haye Sainte.

Biedermann, Emanuel. "Letter dated 19 July 1815" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume V: German Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2013. Pages 38 - 48

Notes: was a lieutenant.

Graeme, George. "Waterloo Letters # 179 and 180, both dated 6 December 1842" in Waterloo Letters. Herbert T. Siborne (ed.). London: Greenhill, 1993. Pages 406 - 409

Notes: was a lieutenant.

Lindau, Friederich. A Waterloo Hero: the Reminiscences of Friedrich Lindau. James Bogle and Andrew Uffindell (ed.). Barnsley: Pen & Sword, 2009.  224 pages

Notes: In Peninsula from 1811-1814; at Albuera, the expedition to Llerena, the siege of the forts at Salamanca, the battle of Salamanca, the siege of Burgos, Venta del Pozo, Vitoria, Tolosa, the storming of San Sebastian, the crossing of the Bidossa  River, the crossing of the Adour River, and Bayonne; at Waterloo, where he helped defend La Haye Sainte and was captured.

Lindau, Friederich. "The Defence of the Farmstead of L Haye Sainte" in Anonymous. Glover, Gareth (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume II: German Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2010. Pages 78 - 88

Notes: was a private.

1st KGL Hussars

Hering, John Frederick. Journal of an Officer in the King's German Legion Cambridge: Ken Trotman; 2000.

Notes: was a medical officer. Served in Hanover, the Baltic, and the Peninsula from 1809 - 1811, with the1st KGL Hussars. Served in Sicily with the 7th KGL Battalion from 1811 until late 1815.

Schaumann, August Ludolf Friedrich. On the Road with Wellington: the Diary of a War Commissary in the Peninsular Campaigns. Ludovici, Anthony (ed.).New York: Alfred Knopf; 1925. 440 pages.

Notes: Served in Peninsula from 1808 - 1813; at all major battles including retreat to Coruna; served with 1st KGL Hussars in 1810; 7th KGL Infantry in 1811; 9th Light Dragoons in 1812; 18th Hussars from 1812 - 1813.

von der Decken, George. "Report of 1st KGL Hussars, dated 21 December 1824" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume II: German Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2010. Pages 35- 37

Note: was a captain.

Wissell, Augustus von. "Letter # 66, dated 18 December 1829 " in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Pages 123 - 124

Notes: was a lieuteant colonel and commanded the regiment at Waterloo.

1st KGL Light Dragoons

Anonymous. "Report on Regiment's Actions from 16 - 19 June 1815" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume II: German Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2010. Pages 30 - 31

Notes: Letter is not dated.

Anonymous. "Report of the 1st Hussar Regient of the German Legion on its Participation in the Battle of Belle Alliance" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume V: German Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2013. Pages 18 - 19

Dornberg, William. "Report of 1st KGL Light Dragtoon Casualties at Waterloo" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume II: German Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2010. Page 32

Fricke, William. "Letters # 37 and 38" in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Pages 65 - 69

Notes: was a lieutenant and regimental adjutant at Waterloo; Letter 38 has an answer from John Benne, was on the KGL staff at Waterloo.

von Sichart, Lewis. "Report on Waterloo, dated 10 July 1836" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume II: German Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2010. Pages 31 - 32

Notes: was a lieutenant assigned to the 2nd KGL Line Battalion, but attached to the staff; this report covers the actions of the 1st Light Dragoons at Waterloo.

2nd Light Dragoons

Anonymous. "Report on the 2nd KGL Light Dragoons 16 - 19 June" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume II: German Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2010. Pages 33 - 34

Friedrichs, Augustus. "Letter on the 2nd KGL Light Dragoons at Waterloo, dated 24 January 1825" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume II: German Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2010. Pages 34 - 35

Notes: was a major at Waterloo.

Meier, Ernst. "Excerpts on the Battle of Waterloo" in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume V: German Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2013. Pages 13 - 17

Notes: was a lieutenant

Seeger, William. "Letters # 39 and 40, dated 6 and 5 February 1835" in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Pages 69 - 73

Notes: was a captain at Waterloo.

2nd KGL Hussars

Ebbecke, Ludwig. A Hussar Sergeant in the King's German Legion: the Memoirs of Cavalry Sergeant Ebbecke, 2nd Hussar Regiment King's German Legion, 1803 - 1815. Gareth Glover (ed.). Godmanchester: Ken Trotman, 2017. PB. 70 pages.

Notes: was at Staslund, the siege of Copenhagen in 1807, Walcheren, the Peninsula from 1810 to 1812, Holland in 1813; was not at Waterloo.

3rd KGL Hussars

Anonymous. "Report of the 3rd KGL Hussars at Waterloo" in in Gareth Glover (ed.). The Waterloo Archive Volume II: German Sources. Barnsley: Frontline, 2010. Pages 34 - 39

Goeben, Quintus von. "Letter # 67, dated 13 September 1835 " in Letters from the Battle of Waterloo: Unpublished Correspondence by Allied Officers from the Siborne Papers. Gareth Glover (ed.). London: Greenhill; 2004. Pages 125 - 128

Notes: was a captain and commanded a troop at Waterloo.

 

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