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To those who are unacquainted with John Kincaid of the Rifles,—and few, we trow, of the old Peninsula bands are in this ignorant predicament, and to those who know him, we equally recommend the perusal of his book: it is a fac simile of the man,—aMoreTo those who are unacquainted with John Kincaid of the Rifles,—and few, we trow, of the old Peninsula bands are in this ignorant predicament, and to those who know him, we equally recommend the perusal of his book: it is a fac simile of the man,—a perfect reflection of his image, veluti in speculo. A capital Soldier, a pithy and graphic narrator, and a fellow of infinite jest. Captain Kincaid has given us, in this modest volume, the impress of his qualities, the beau ideal of a thorough-going Soldier of Service, and the faithful and witty history of some six years honest and triumphant fighting.There is nothing extant in a Soldiers Journal, which, with so little pretension, paints with such truth and raciness the domestic economy of campaigning, and the downright business of handling the enemy.But we cannot follow further-—recommending every one of our readers to pursue the Author himself to his crowning scene of Waterloo, where they will find him as quaint and original as at his debut. We assure them, it is not possible, by isolated extracts, to give a suitable impression of the spirit and originality which never flag from beginning to end of Captain Kincaids volume- in every page of which he throws out flashes of native humour, a tithe of which would make the fortune of a Grub-street Bookmaker.—United Service Journal.We do not recollect one, among the scores of personal narratives, where the reader will find more of the realities of a Soldiers Life, or of the horrors that mark it- all is told gaily, but not unfeelingly.—New Monthly Magazine, July.His book has one fault, the rarest fault in books, it is too short.—Monthly Magazine, April.His book is one of the most lively histories of Soldiers Adventures which have yet appeared- their entire freedom from affectation will sufficiently recommend them to a numerous class of readers.—Athenæum.Kincaids Adventures in the Rifle Brigade is written with all the frankness and freedom from study which bespeaks the gallant soldier, one to whom the sword is more adapted than the pen, but who, as now cedunt arma togæ, has, in these piping times of peace, determined to fight all his battles over again, and he fights them in a style interesting and graphic. The remarks on the decisive termination of the Battle of Waterloo are striking and convincing- and to them and the whole book we refer our readers for much amusement and information.—The Age.This is an excellent and amusing book- and although it neither gives, nor pretends to give, lessons in strategy, or a true history of the great operations of our armies, we hold it to be a very instructive work. Napier, it is true, continues to be our textbook in the art of war- but, even in his work, there is something awanting, something which a due attention to historical etiquette prevents his conveying to us. He shows most satisfactorily the talents of our generals, and the morale of our army- but there is an insight into its composition which he cannot give us, and which, indeed, nothing can give but a wide personal acquaintance with military men, and lots of volumes like the present.—Edinburgh Literary Journal.Il est rare que les aventures arrivées à un seul personnage et racontées par lui intéressent le public au point de faire obtenir à ses mémoires un véritable succès- mais il en est autrement quand lauteur a su habilement accompagner son histoire du récit de faits et dévénemens qui ont déjá fixé lattention publique. Louvrage du Capitaine Kincaid est intéressant sous ces deux points de vue et sera favorablement accueilli.