It’s always nice to have a good map to hand when trying to research the intricate details of battles and troop movements. To know about the topography and geography of the area you are studying, to know where the hills and dips are, and to know where forests and lakes are; all of these details help you to understand what problems a commander might have faced when deciding where exactly his troops should be placed, and therefore help us to understand why battles were lost or won!
‘Scotland for Ever’ by Lady Elizabeth Butler seems to be an iconic painting, copied and cited by many as one of the greatest depictions of the Scots Greys at the Battle of Waterloo. It’s an impressive piece even when studied on a computer screen – the scarlet red of the jackets, the colours held aloft in the middle of the piece, the horses charging, and the swirls of musket fire that rise from the racing ranks. Continue reading
Waterloo200 is looking for anyone who may have any stories or any connections to a family member or veteran of the Napoleonic War Conflict and in particular the Battle of Waterloo. If you know anyone who would like to tell us about their story, please feel free to contact us at http://www.waterloo200.org/contact.
Also, in commemoration of the upcoming bi-centenary of the Battle of Waterloo in 2015, an e-petition has been set up in an attempt to mark the occasion with a bank holiday. If you would like to sign the petition then please take a minute to look at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/26429 and add your name to the list.
A commemoration is what we are hoping for – a pan-European remembrance of all those who fought, died and were caught up in the Napoleonic Wars and Waterloo! Let’s hope that this is what we can achieve.