Book Review – Surrender at New Orleans, General Sir Harry Smith in the Peninsula and America

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This is a gripping story of love and war, worthy of a well-crafted novel and all the more absorbing as a true story of two extraordinary characters.

Enthusiasts may know something of the story of General Sir Harry Smith and the Spanish beauty he married, but this carefully researched book provides a level of detail that tells their story in full and an extraordinary story it is. For most, the two subjects will be completely unknown. Napoleon, Wellington, Pitt, and Nelson are such powerful legends that there is little room for the cast of thousands of extraordinary soldiers, sailors and politicians that lived through the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Wellington and Nelson shared much in that they were ably supported by bands of brothers and Smith was one of Wellington’s band of brothers in Portugal and Spain, and again at Waterloo.

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