From the publishers
A colourful British general, Robert Wilson (1777-1849) was knighted many times over by crowned heads, but never by his own monarch. Described by Wellington as 'a very slippery fellow', he fought in the Peninsular and Napoleonic wars, and his published account of the Egyptian campaign resulted in Napoleon complaining to the British government about accusations of his cruelty towards prisoners and his own men. Following the invasion of Russia, Wilson was seconded to Kutuzov's army, and was present at all the major engagements. Edited by his nephew and published in 1860, this second edition of Wilson's journal includes personal and official correspondence from Tsar Alexander I and his generals, and gives not only detailed accounts of troop movements and strategy, but also vivid descriptions of the savagery meted out by both sides. It remains an essential source of information on one of history's most famous military retreats.
About the author
Robert Wilson (1777-1849) fought in the Peninsular and Napoleonic wars, and in 1812 was seconded to the Russian army. Published in 1860, this journal gives not only detailed accounts of the war's progress, but also vivid descriptions of the savagery meted out by both sides during this famous military campaign.
Place and publisher: Cambridge: Cambridge Universty Press
Date of publication: 2012
Number of pages: 446