Samuel Bagshawe, the orphaned son of a Derbyshire gentleman, enlisted in the Army as a private soldier in 1731. When he died in 1762, at the height of the Seven Years' War, he was colonel of a regiment of foot soldiers, raised in Ireland at his own expense, and also an MP. But this promotion was only achieved after a struggle against crippling disability, for in 1746 he had lost a leg by cannon shot in the abortive raid on the Breton arsenal and dockyard of Port l'Orient. Then in 1755, when he was second-in-command of the first King's regiment to serve in the Indian sub-continent, he lost the sight of one eye from disease and his health was wrecked thereafter. From now on, the hunt for preferment and his desire to fix himself and his young family in the great world grew ever more desperate. This selection of Bagshawe's letters and papers, with an introduction, commentary and notes, offers an account of regimental soldiering. Book condition throughout very good: dust jacket complete and unmarked, cloth covers very good and all pages crisp and clean.