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Craufurd’s Grandson, Alexander Craufurd, decided to write a memoir tying together historical documents and the numerous memoirs left by the men of the Light Division, the 43rd, 52nd and 95th Regiments. He does not attempt to gloss over the failings of his grandfather although as might be expected he does his level best to explain them and with the help of eye-witnesses excuse them.
General Craufurd, had a long career of soldiering in varied locations before his service, including India and South America where he established his reputation as an outstanding regimental officer and very unafraid of condemning what he saw was bad generalship. In character he was stern and often sullenly broody, a strict disciplinarian, whose men could not be said to love him by they definitely trusted his judgement and were glad to be commanded by a man who looked after their basic needs. He was a “scientific officer” who trained his men to excel in their roles at the outposts, at the forefront of advances and the rearguards of retreats. His officers however roundly disliked him but as Sir George Napier said;
"Although he was a most unpopular man, every officer of the Light Division must acknowledge that, by his unwearied and active exertions of mind and body, that Division was brought to a state of discipline and knowledge of the duties of light troops, which never was equalled by any Division in the British army, or surpassed by any Division of the French army."
An excellent book on one of the finest British Generals of the Peninsular War.
Full Title - General Craufurd And His Light Division, with many anecdotes, a paper and letters by Sir John Moore, and also letters from the Right Hon. W Windham, the Duke of Wellington, Lord Londonderry and others
Text taken, whole and complete, from the edition, published in London and Sydney, by Griffith, Farran, Okenden and Walsh.
Original –295 pages
Author – Alexander Henry Craufurd – (1843-1917)
Linked TOC. –the TOC includes the summary notes of each chapter.