The Recollections of Rifleman Harris is a memoir published in 1848 of the experiences of an enlisted soldier in the 95th Regiment of Foot in the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars
by Harris, Benjamin, 1781-1858; Curling, Henry, 1803-1864. Publication date 1848. Topics Peninsular War, 1807-1814. Publisher London : H. Hurst. Collection university pittsburgh; americana. Digitizing sponsor Lyrasis Members and Sloan Foundation. Contributor University of Pittsburgh Library System.
The Recollections of Rifleman Harris is a memoir published in 1848 of the experiences of an enlisted soldier in the 95th Regiment of Foot in the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars. Publisher: Arcadia PressReleased: Oct 18, 2017ISBN: 9788826498447Format: book. carousel previous carousel next.
I thought this was a very good rea This book gives a very up-close and personal look of the 95th Rifles. The 95th Rifles formed the background of the Sharpe's series by Bernard Cornwell. The real Rifleman Harris was a sheepherder in Dorset when he joined the British Army in 1801(?). Really enjoyed reading the recollections of the real Rifleman Benjamin Harris of the 95th, as opposed to the Bernard Cornwell version.
This one CD production by Explore Multimedia is read by Jason Salkey, who played Chosen Man Harris in the Sharpe films and provides a brilliant complement to his Harris diaries DVD series. Sound FX are provided by The 95th Rifles Re-enactment Society. A musical score by Adam Wakeman adds to this excellent production. I think through Sharpe, Bernard Cornwell has helped to rectify this and reading Harris' recollections gave my version of the 95th rifleman a good grounding in reality. Death, starvation, injury, disease, ineffectual doctors, and incompetent over lings waited around every corner in all the campaigns Harris graced.
It is however with his entrance into Portugal in 1808, that his adventures really begin to take shape; as his fellow soldiers fall around him at the battles of Roliça and Vimiero he describes the horrific injuries sustained, the plundering of the dead that took place (which he was not above joining in) and the task of the surgeons to try and stitch. His tales of the retreat are vividly described; from the capture of the French general at Benavente, the privation, the wifes of the soldiers and their struggle to stay with the column, to the iron resolve of General Craufurd to keep going. Eventually and in a pitiable state Harris reaches Vigo and embarks for England.