A Narrative of Events in the South of France
And of the Attack on New Orleans in 1814 and 1815
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Captain Cooke’s narrative starts with the his experiences in the South of France during the last days of the Peninsular War, and combines part travelogue with witty reminiscences of the jollity after peace was declared in 1814. The society and manners of a bruised and touchy French populace ever ready to quarrel and duel are contrasted with the happiness of the British and some of their collaborators.
The second part of his book is much more of a military point of view and focuses on the attack on New Orleans in 1814. Of the many amphibious operations undertaken by the British army; few have been as unsuccessful as the abortive attempt to capture New Orleans during the war of 1812 with America. It was an abortive operation during an abortive war from a British point of view; from the American side righteous indignation was mingled with an attempted land-grab whilst the enemy was engaged elsewhere, ended with bloody noses all-round. However the British Army’s new found reputation gained against Napoleon’s legions was severely dented by their failure to take New Orleans; Captain Cooke recounts the fiasco in all its details. His wry yet sensitive style is at home either in the mayhem of engagement or the critique of the operations as a whole.
A relatively unknown treasure.
Title – A Narrative of Events in the South of France
Sub-Title – And of the Attack on New Orleans in 1814 and 1815
Author — Captain Sir John Henry Cooke (1791-1870)
Text taken, whole and complete, from the edition published in 1835, London, by T & W Boone.
Original – iv and 319 pages.
- Pickle Partners Publishing, May 2012
Pickle Partners Publishing
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