2 edition of Recollections of rifleman Harris found in the catalog.
Recollections of rifleman Harris
Facsimile reprint of ed., London, Peter Davies Ltd, 1929.
|Statement||edited by Henry Curling.|
Product Description Diaries, memoirs, and letters by officers of the Napoleonic era abound, but there are few reminiscences by common foot soldiers. Through his eyes we experience the excitement, thrills, chills, and hardships of the common soldier. Last update September 19th Read from the convenience of our web reader or download the BookShout app on your favorite smart device to read anywhere. In the s an acquaintance, Captain Henry Curling, found him as a worker in a cobblers and bootmakers in the city and persuaded him to relate his war experiences, which Curling collected into a manuscript. Publication date
Importance[ edit ] Recollections of rifleman Harris book book is perhaps most important in the manner in which it provides the viewpoint of one of Wellington's foot soldiers at a time when so many were illiterate. He also describes several instances where, given a few minutes or hours to rest, he took out the cobbling tools he carried in his pack to repair shoes and boots for the men and officers who still had any. I would have loved to read a little more about his life after he was discharged, but all in all I have total respect for this man. I'm also grateful he wrote his "Recollections. Why this particular book caught my eye I really can't say, but I did enjoy it, in large part due to the style of writing by Rifleman Harris.
For the next three years, despite determined efforts to rejoin his unit in Spain, Harris was unable to participate in the wars due to his recurring malarial fevers. From Ireland, Harris was returned to England following a period with a recruiting party, and rapidly settled into regimental life, learning to become a cobbler in addition to his regular duties, by which means he made a substantial amount of money which later enabled him to afford medical treatment which saved his life. Topics Peninsular War, This block will remain in place until legal guidance changes. Overall, Harris gives his reader an invaluable glimpse into the life of a foot soldier of years ago.
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He also describes the severe discipline on campaign, but maintains that only by dint of that strict control did so many of them as did survive a grueling retreat to return home.
Much less often heard is the voice of the enlisted man, particularly in the British armed forces, an invaluable insight is provided by the recollections of Rifleman Harris late Recollections of rifleman Harris book the 95th Rifles. Imagine walking Recollections of rifleman Harris book of miles, night and day, with no shoes or boots.
He had joined the 95th Regiment of Foot inserving first in Denmark and then in —09 in Portugal and Spain. Since the writer is a shepherd and part time shoemaker, his writing is rather straightforward than eloquent, and he recalls events in no particular order, so it is not a linear history, but it gives a good feel of the daily life on campaign of the regular foot soldiers, a picture we seldom see.
His tales of the retreat are vividly described; from the capture of the French general Lefebvre-Desnouettes at Benavente, the privation, the wifes of the soldiers and their struggle to stay with the column, to the iron resolve of General Craufurd to keep going.
A very informative view of the life of a common soldier during the Napoleonic wars. The Recollections of Rifleman Harris was published as an audio book, as read by Jason Salkey, who had portrayed the Harris character in the Sharpe films.
I was surprised by the respect he had for his officers, how well some of the officers interacted positively with the men, and how well he was cared for after he became ill. The adventure is found between the lines here - Harris doesn't heavily structure his memoirs, but lets anecdote, event, character study follow on from each other.
This is not a start-to-finish narrative, rather, it is a collection of vignettes, observations, and recollections of the experiences of Benjamin Harris. I'm also grateful he wrote his "Recollections. Unlike most books on the Napoleonic War, "Recollections" is not a grand overview from beginning to end, nor does it focus on the generals, the wide movements of companies, or politics at home or abroad.
About the Author Benjamin Harris — was a rifleman in the English army, fighting against Napoleon in the European wars that culminated with Napoleon's loss at the Battle of Waterloo in In that year he was drafted into the 66th Regiment of Foot somewhat against his will, and forcibly marched to Winchesterwhere he underwent training in preparation for deployment against the French as the Peace of Amiens was drawing to a close.
Diaries, memoirs, and letters by officers of the Napoleonic era abound, but there are few reminiscences by common foot soldiers.
No Recollections of rifleman Harris book. There he served alongside several detachments of French deserters, again witnessing the frequent brutal punishment of the day, when a man was given lashes for desertion.
However, He does provide a straightforward account of army life at that time, and by the time he reaches his separation from the army, I was glad he had survived and I hope he had an enjoyable life in retirement.
I don't believe his level of education is ever touched on, but he writes in a clean, clear -- although not always concise -- style that's easy to read. We see accounts by and about officers with much greater frequency, which is what makes Rifleman Harris' recollections so valuable.Dec 31, · Buy The Recollections of Rifleman Harris by Benjamin Harris from Waterstones today!
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M4B audio book (mb) Download cover art Download CD case insert. The Recollections of Rifleman Harris. Benjamin Randell HARRIS ( - ) and Henry CURLING Recollections of rifleman Harris book - ) The recollections of a British infantryman who served in the British army during the Napoleonic Wars.
(Summary by.Sep 05, · Dorset, A pdf son is enlisted as a soldier of the Army of Reserve. Pdf name is Benjamin Randell Harris, private of the 95th Regiment of Foot. The Recollections of Benjamin Harris are the classic memoirs of a foot soldier during the Napoleonic Wars, originally published in [continue reading ]/5().Mar 22, · Read "Recollections of Rifleman Harris" by Benjamin Randell Harris available from Rakuten Kobo.
Recollections of Rifleman Harris is the story of Benjamin Randell Harris, a British soldier who fought in the 95th Regim Brand: Charles River Editors.Descrizione.
The book which inspired the Sharpe Novels! Just as ebook the Sharpe Novels by Bernard Cornwell, the Prince’s Own 95th Rifles was a real regiment, and there was a real Rifleman Harris for it is his recollections which are published in this volume.