William Francis Patrick Napier

Irish soldier in the British Army and military historian

Sir William Francis Patrick Napier (December 7, 1785February 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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