Young Nelsons

Young Nelsons

Boy Sailors During the Napoleonic Wars, 1793-1815

Book - 2009
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They 'fought like young Nelsons.' The words of a schoolmaster, writing from aboard the Mars after the battle of Trafalgar, describing the valour of his pupils in the heat of battle. Made immortal by the novels of Patrick O'Brian, C. S. Forester and Alexander Kent, these boy sailors, alongside those of every other Royal Navy ship, had entered the British Navy to fight the French across every ocean of the world. There was a long-standing British tradition of children going to sea, and along the way found adventure, glory, wealth and fame. During the Napoleonic Wars, these children, some as young as eight or nine, were also fighting for the very survival of Britain. Drawing on many first-hand accounts, letters, poems and writings, this book tells the dramatic story of Britain's boy sailors during the Napoleonic Wars for the very first time.
Publisher: Oxford : Osprey, 2009.
ISBN: 9781846033605
1846033608
Characteristics: 304 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.

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BRUCE PILCHER
Mar 18, 2013

Very readable history of the Napoleonic Wars. There are quotes from the letter and diaries of some very well know historical figures who I didn't know had been at sea as boys. If you love naval history from the age of sail or are of fan of O'Brian and other historical fiction in this era this is a must read.

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