GB 1812 Pre-Stamp - Napoleonic Officers mail from Portugal
Stock Code: P190008202
1812 Napoleonic Officers Mail. Very fine entire from Lieut. E.W. Bell of the 7th Royal Fusiliers at Coimbra to his mother, rated in manuscript "2/3" with a straight line "LISBON" handstamp and a Cheltenham receiving datestamp for MY.25.1812. Redirected on arrival to Worcester and re-rated at "2/8". Lieut. Bell was at this time just returned from conveying the sick to Castanheira, in the meantime his regiment had taken part in the assault of Badajoz and he comments "Badajoz is now in our possession and I am sorry to say our Regt. and all the troops employed have had a most severe loss, we have to regret eighteen Officers killed and wounded out of twenty two or three that went into action; other Regts. have suffered in proportion." he goes on to add "I was very anxious to be there". A very interesting officers letter written at one of the pivotal points of the peninsula campaign. Offered with a full typed transcription.
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