Words of War is an anthology of eye-witness accounts left by seamen and sailors who fought in the War of 1812.
Camp followers, victims of the press gang, volunteers, patriots, officers, Native Americans, ships’ surgeons and powder monkeys all tell their tales, illuminating not just the execution and aftermath of battle on land and at sea, but the less celebrated aspects of war: diet, recreation, discipline and health; the hardships of extreme weather, forced marches, prisoner of war camps, hunger and disease; and the emotional toll taken by danger, bereavement and distance from home.
Siân Rees was born and brought up in Cornwall, spending much of her childhood in boatyards and at sea. She read Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford and then spent a decade travelling and living abroad. Her first book, The Floating Brothel: the extraordinary true story of the Lady Julian and its cargo of female convicts bound for Botany Bay was written after living in Melbourne, Australia, and published in 2001. It was followed by The Shadows of Elisa Lynch: how a nineteenth-century Irish courtesan became the most powerful woman in Paraguay (2003) after a stint in South America,...
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