British Battles

While researching the Battle of Guilford Courthouse from the American Revolution that will be mentioned briefly in an upcoming post about one of our ancestors, Michael Rowland, I ran across a fantastic website called

This website is dedicated to several of Great Britain’s greatest battles ranging from The Battle of Medway, which took place against the Roman invaders not long after the crucifixion, up through World War 1. Some of Britain’s most historic conflicts are highlighted on this website including the wars in America, India and the Napoleonic and Peninsular Wars.

I have always been fascinated with 18th century warfare, particularly between the British and Americans during the Revolution and against the French during the French and Indian War.  As to the former, there were several Luttrells participating on both sides as well as Luttrells serving in militia and with regulars during the French conflict almost a generation before the Revolution.  This website contains a wealth of knowledge on all participants of the greater conflicts of that time.

I am also a fan of the Sharpe Series of historical novels by Bernard Cornwell.  The books follow Richard Sharpe on his long career in the British army from India in late 18th century through the major fights of the Napoleonic wars.  Example of noteworthy battles of the fictional Mr. Sharpe include Assaye in India, Copenhagen, Trafalgar, Talavera, Barossa, Waterloo and more.  Bernard Cornwell also gives us a glimpse into the life of Medeval England during the 100 Years War in his novels involving Crecy, Poitiers and Agincourt, all covered in great detail on this website.

My next post on John Litteral may be delayed as I am stuck now in The Battle of Hastings, 1066 A.D.

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