DENNIE, William H., Colonel.


Personal narrative of the campaigns in Affghanistan, Sinde, Beloochistan, etc. Detailed in a series of letters of the late … Compiled and arranged by William E. Steele.

Dublin, Curry, 1843.

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Scarce. A valuable record of the First Afghan War by an officer involved in the conflict.

“In October 1841 a brigade under Sir Robert Sale was sent from Kabul against Afghan insurgents who had occupied the Khurd Kabul Pass. This brigade, which included the 13th light infantry, seized the ruined fortress of Jalalabad and rendered themselves ‘illustrious’ by its subsequent defence from November 1841 to April 1842. Dennie commanded the rear-guard in the operations in the Khurd Kabul between 9 and 30 October, and, when Sir Robert Sale was wounded, succeeded to the command of the force, which he held during the greater part of the defence of Jalalabad. In the sortie of 7 April 1842 Dennie was shot through the body when riding at the head of his regiment and died soon after … After his death, Dennie’s letters from the Anglo-Afghan War were published … they reveal that his courage and military qualities notwithstanding, Dennie was quick to take offence and frequently at odds with his superiors. He appears to have been assertive, sometimes obstructive, and often quarrelsome, but a fine fighting soldier.” (ODNB).


First edition. Small 8vo., vii, [i], 223pp., 1 page of ads at end, folding map frontispiece, contemporary (publisher’s ?) blindstamped red morocco, morocco lettering piece, all edges gilt.

Provenance: Thomas Philip Earl de Grey with his armorial bookplate, pasted over a presentation inscription to the Earl.



Stock ID: 73396