William Francis Patrick Napier

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Sir William Francis Patrick Napier (December 7, 1785 - February 12, 1860), was an Irish soldier in the British Army and a military historian.


  • Napoleon’s troops fought in bright fields, where every helmet caught some gleams of glory; but the British soldier conquered under the cool shade of aristocracy. No honours awaited his daring, no despatch gave his name to the applauses of his countrymen; his life of danger and hardship was uncheered by hope, his death unnoticed.
    • Peninsular War (1810), Vol. ii, Book xi, Chap. iii.

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