The commemorative anthology uses William Mudford’s An Historical Account of the Campaign in the Netherlands, in 1815, under His Grace The Duke of Wellington and Marshal Prince Blucher, to provide the spine of the book. Interspersed throughout the text are the letters, reports and recollections from men of both sides and all nationalities, some famous, many obscure, but all writing with the visceral voice of a frontline participant.
We have scoured the libraries, the archives and the private collections to assemble a wealth of original sources which will bring the battle to life and make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. These are the forgotten voices of Waterloo, reminding us of the astonishing events of the 16th, 17th and 18th June 1815. The result is an extraordinarily vivid depiction of the battle through the eyes of the men who were there. It is their voices that we seek to remember and their experiences that we seek to preserve for generations to come.
We have sourced the final notes and letters written immediately before and after the battle by the Duke himself from the collection of his papers at Southampton University. As well as numerous letters and accounts from men of all sides and all ranks we have also reproduced The Duke’s first draft of the Waterloo Dispatch in its entirety, fully transcribed and with footnotes.