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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Culloden Battlefield

The final demise of the Jacobite cause on Culloden Moor in April 1746 concluded one of the most famous battles in British military history. In this detailed modern account the author combines a thorough knowledge of 18th century tactics, an intimate knowledge of the battlefield itself and a scandalously underused archive of contemporary material to provide a balanced and accurate account of this controversial encounter. This book demonstrates that the British, and the Duke of Cumberland in particular, had a very pro-active role in the battle - not merely staving off defeat, but seizing victory with a series of well-timed and well-coordinated counterattacks. Culloden Moor 1746 (Osprey Campaign).

This book presents a major new narrative history of the most famous battle in Scottish history. This is to be a book about a battle, about the events that took place amidst the showers of sleet on that grim day 16th April 1746, the last pitched battle to be fought on British soil. Not only did it mark the final ruin of the Jacobite cause that had erupted sporadically since the ousting of James II of England and VII of Scotland by his son in law William of Orange in 1689 but it also witnessed the bitter death knell of the highland clans. Culloden: The Last Charge of the Highland Clans.

Culloden Moor is the last and one of the most famous battles in British history. On 16 April 1746 the Duke of Cumberland's government army defeated the Jacobite rebels led by Prince Charles Edward Stuart. In this concise account Stuart Reid, the leading authority on Culloden, sets out in a graphic and easily understood way the movements and deployments of the opposing armies and describes in detail the close and deadly combat that followed. His account incorporates the results of the latest documentary and archaeological research and he provides a full tour of the battlefield so that visitors can explore for themselves the historic ground on which this momentous event took place. Culloden 1746.

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