Has anyone ever heard of this book - or the author?
Author: Liam Sumption.
Title: "Confidential Gentlemen on Confidential Service: (Irregular
and Clandestine Operations During the French Revolutionary and
Publisher: Liam Sumption?
Publication Type: Book.
Format: 144 leaves; 30 cm.
Subject: Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 - Campaigns. Espionage, British
By the way - on etiquette - Antony Brett-James lists a bit on that sort of
thing in his book "Life in Wellington's Army." although its not the wine
glass tinkling, napkin folding kind. Is that the sort you mean?
Kincaid also talks about the their officers mess while on campaign early on
his book Adventures in the Rifle Brigade. Although I guess this isn't so
much manners as general sharing of food
Sir John Kincaid, Pg 23 Adventures in the Rifle Brigade.
"The officers of each company form a mess of themselves. One remains in camp
to attend to duties of the regiment. A second attends to the mess; he goes
to the regimental butcher, and bespeaks a portion of the only purchasable
commodities, hearts, livers, and kidneys, and also to see whether he cannot
do the commissary out of a few extra biscuit, or a canteen of brandy; and
the remainder of the gentlemen are at large for the day. But while they go
hunting among the neighbouring regiments for news, and the neighbouring
houses for curiosity, they have always an eye to their mess, and miss no
opportunity of adding to the general stock."