I wrote previously on the Napoleonic officers held as prisoners of war in Chesterfield. Whilst there were many interesting stories that came from that topic, I thought it best to tell of the story that first inspired my research into the prisoners at Chesterfield. That story is the escape of General Joseph Exelmans and Colonel … Continue reading The Escape of General Exelmans and Colonel de la Grange
Napoleonic Prisoners of War in Chesterfield
The number of prisoners of war captured during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars with France was unlike those seen previously in British campaigns. By 1809, after over fifteen years of war, the numbers had risen to a staggering 40,000, which was just over three times the population of Derby at the time. In the early … Continue reading Napoleonic Prisoners of War in Chesterfield
Escape from 200 French infantry on the beach in northern Spain using guile, cunning and some fish!
So in my earlier post, we heard how George Miller Mundy managed to be reunited with his ship HMS Hydra after a beach skirmish. However, not all his crew managed to board a fishing boat to do the same. In the letter dated 1st May 1809 written to his father, Edward Miller Mundy of Shipley, … Continue reading Escape from 200 French infantry on the beach in northern Spain using guile, cunning and some fish!
Captain Mundy’s close shave and a game of ‘la chase’
Almost two hundred years ago, Captain George Mundy wrote a letter to his father, Edward Miller Mundy I on May 1st 1809, detailing an encounter with the French fleet in the Napoleonic wars five days earlier on Thursday, 27th April 1809. This letter is part of the Miller Mundy collection, which is an enlightening and … Continue reading Captain Mundy’s close shave and a game of ‘la chase’
Explore Your Archive – Prisoners of War
I first became aware that there had been Napoleonic prisoners in Derbyshire when I came across an unusual gravestone at St Mary and All Saints church, Chesterfield, aka the Crooked Spire. The inscription translated as 'In memory of Francois Raingeard, thirty years of age, Prisoner of War, died 1oth March 1812' and bore the message 'Stop Traveller! If … Continue reading Explore Your Archive – Prisoners of War