The Ashantee Campaign: An Account of the Third Anglo-Ashanti War by an Eyewitness, West Africa, 1873-4: Winwood Reade

Colonial warfare on the Dark Continent

The British Empire rapidly spread it’s influence throughout the globe during the nineteenth century. Predictably these intrusions rarely found favour with the indigenous populations and so, inevitably, the imperial interests of power and commerce were reinforced by the imposition of military and naval might courtesy of the British Army and the Royal Navy. British interests in West Africa proved to be no exception to the rule and the so called ‘Ashanti Wars’ were fought with varying degrees of savagery and through eight campaigns from 1806 until 1900. This book is about the Third Anglo-Ashanti War which was fought during 1873-74. Garnet Wolseley, commanding a force of British, West Indian and local forces marched against the Ashanti who had invaded British territory. The campaign gained particular notoriety because it occurred during the golden age of newspaper correspondents and was covered by both G. A. Henty and Henry Morton Stanley. It made Wolseley’s reputation and he became a household name. The conflict was made singular by the nature of the terrain-often thick jungle-across which it was fought and by it’s exotic protagonists and this makes it a subject of particular interest for students of the colonial wars in the Victorian era. The outcome of the war was, perhaps, predictable and the British both occupied the enemy capital Kumasi and then burnt it down as an object lesson. This book is particularly useful because the author was an eyewitness to the storming of Amoaful by the Black Watch, the storming of Ordahsu by the Rifle Brigade and the fall of the capital.

Leonaur editions are newly typeset and are not facsimiles; each title is available in softcover and hardback with dustjacket.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ LEONAUR (August 23, 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 212 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0857069691
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0857069696
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 6.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.48 x 8.5 inches

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