To The Call of Bugles
A History of the Percy Tenantry Volunteers 1798–1814
Imprint: McNidder and Grace
300 Pages, 5 x 7.8 in, B/w photos and illustrations
- November 2023
This amateur body of men, 1,500 strong, consisting of cavalry, artillery and riflemen, was put together, trained, armed, dressed and operated by the 2nd Duke of Northumberland, General Hugh Percy. Not only does the author provide an in-depth understanding of how such a corps was organized but reveals how they were fashioned into an elite and innovative fighting force. The final chapters looks at some selected men themselves, who made their own personal mark in the world. For instance, Lieutenant Colonel D.W. Smith, ex Surveyor General of Upper Canada and a revered figure in the creation of that country. Other members of the PTV were Timothy Hackworth and William Hedley, the builders of the famous 'Puffing Billy' steam locomotion, an innovation that would revolutionize the world of transport.