dated 1 September 1803 to 19 August 1804, c.280 pages; 10 October 1805 to 22 January 1806, c.300 pages; 31 December 1806 to 8 April 1807, c.200 pages; 25 July to 13 October 1807, c.220 pages; 24 January to 27 June 1810, c.220 pages, plus stubs; 30 July 1810 to 17 January 1811, c.240 pages; 22 September 1810 to 25 March 1811, c.330 pages; 10 April to 4 November 1812, c.320 pages; 5 November 1812 to 29 June 1813, c.320 pages; 29 June to 15 August 1813, c.200 pages; 25 May to 1 December 1814, c.340 pages; 18 May to 4 July 1815, c.240 pages; 4 July to 28 August 1815, c.240 pages; 15 May to 7 October 1816, c.290 pages; in various hands, all oblong 8vo, twelve in calf or speckled calf, one in stiff vellum, and one in green roan, nine with clasps, eight with contemporary paper labels on upper covers, wear to covers, splitting at some joints and some hinges tender, one volume with covers almost detached, one volumes with many pages partially removed and a later leaf loosely inserted
A series of adjunct orderly books from the Napoleonic Wars, recording general orders, regimental orders, courts martial, daily passwords, copies of letters, and other official documents. The 15th Light Dragoons (which became Hussars in 1806) was a senior Cavalry Regiment (see previous lot), and during this period Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, served as Colonel (see lot 46). In 1803-4 the regiment was on the Kentish coast (Walmer, Ramsgate) in preparation for French invasion. In 1805 it was stationed at Radipole barracks, Dorset, then moving to Woodbridge, Suffolk, in 1806. In 1810 they were stationed outside London and these orders record that they patrolled the streets of the capital at the time of the riots that accompanied the arrest of the radical MP Sir Francis Burdett that April. The volumes for 1813 record active service in Portugal and Spain, including a reference to "the perfect satisfaction expressed" by Wellington when reviewing the regiment, and the Battles of Esla, Morales, and Vittoria (with orders given before the battle for the Hussar's movements). The regiment was present at Waterloo, an event recorded in a somewhat laconic manner ("...The Orders for 17, 18th, and 19th days of June were given verbally the Regiment being actively employed..."), and during the period covered by the final volumes were stationed in France.
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