Book Review-‘Letters of Seamen in the Wars with France, 1793–1815’ ed. by H. Watt with A. Hawkins

By Caitlin M. Gale, published November 2020


Letters of Seamen in the Wars with France, 1793–1815 is an edited compilation of 255 letters to and from seamen below the rank of commissioned officer in the British navy during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. They provide eyewitness accounts of the naval mutinies in 1797, the battle of Trafalgar (1805), and the incident of the HMS Leopard and the USS Chesapeake and the War of 1812. Helen Watt, an archivist with Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York, and Anne Hawkins, a retired civil servant and former secretary for the Ships’ Names and Badges Committee, provide the reader with each letter as it survives, maintaining original spelling and punctuation, as well as background information on the various people, places, and events mentioned within…

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Filed under: Napoleonic War | War of 1812 | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

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