Drummossie Moor - Jack Cameron, The Irish Brigade and the Battle of Culloden Paperback – 4 Feb 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
Captain Cameron has more than just English cavalrymen to deal with, he has a brother with a large chip on his shoulder leading a squadron of Kingston's Horse, hell-bent on the desruction of any suspected Jacobites as well as his sibling. The Jacobite officer finds himself torn between loyalty to his regiment, the Jacobite cause and to his pregnant mistress who lives in a town lying in the path of Cumberland's advance.
A gripping read throughout, full of action and the gruesome reality of battle in the 18th century. The author himself admits that he is pro-Jacobite in his sympathies and he shows an admiration for the Irish Brigade and the fighting qualities they brought to the Jacobite army but remains fairly realistic in his assessments of each army and the cause they fought for.
On the down side the story is rather short and comes to an abrupt end which is somewhat of an anti-climax. Some of the 'facts' used such as Barrel's regiment being cowardly and having ran away at Falkirk are innaccurate as they were one of very few who stood their ground in that particular encounter (as well as Culloden albeit with less success). I also felt that the inclusion of an unrealistic love story was a tad unnecessary.
However, well worth the purchase and, as a previous review noted, easy to follow which makes the book ideal for those not particularly interested in the wider scheme of events or for those seeking an introduction to the subject.