Experiences of a British Officer in India, 1845-1849

The Illustrated Journal of Charles Nedham

Peter Harrington

Date Published :
December 2017
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Illustration :
c 30 b/w illustrations & maps
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781910294383
Pages : 102
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : Available


Charles Nedham was just twenty when he arrived in India in July 1845 as an ensign in HM 10th Foot. For the next four and a half years he lived as a young officer on duty in the sub-continent, finally seeing action in the Second Sikh War at the siege of Multan and the battle of Gujerat. His journal which he illustrated with fine pencil drawings of various sites and buildings offers glimpses of life in peace and war in India, as well as the contempt and prejudices shown by the British towards the native population. He was equally cynical and critical towards a number of the British commanders for their poor handling of the campaign. The journal provides a window into attitudes towards the empire, as well as the life of a bachelor officer in the early 19th century.

About The Author

The editor, Peter Harrington is curator of the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection at Brown University Library. A native of England, he has lived in the United States since 1981. His main area of research is artists and images of war, and he has written and lectured extensively on this subject.


“ … An entertaining account of Nedham’s personal experiences of army life in India, on campaign and in battle…”

- Miniature Wargames

"An informative read for anyone wanting to learn more about this period of history."

- Battlefield Magazine

"Nedham’s meticulous account is supplemented by over two dozen of the author’s contemporary sketches, most of which are strikingly accurate and mesmerizing. "

- International Journal of Military History and Historiography

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