Campbell, Neil ___ 1776-1827 ___ British ___ soldier

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
There is no detailed information about Campbell readily available on the internet. He appears to have begun his army career by joining the 6th West India Regiment in 1797. After three years service in West Indies, he returned to England and was promoted to lieutenant, and then to major. He returned to the West Indies and served in Jamaica for a while, and was later present at the capture of Guadaloupe. He commanded a Portuguese regiment during the Peninsular War, and also served in Russia. In 1814, he was severely wounded at Fere Champenoise in France, but, the same year, was chosen by the British Government to accompany Napoleon from Fontainebleau to Elba. For a year, Campbell kept an intimate diary, recording events as Napoleon built an empire in miniature. Campbell was absent in Florence, when Napoleon left Elba. Later, after being knighted, he became governor of Sierra Leone and died there of a fever.
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Wikipedia bio

DIARY DATES, CONTENT DESCRIPTORS
1814-1815 ___ military people historyeye prison

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SOME PUBLISHED TITLES
Napoleon on Elba: Diary of an Eyewitness to Exile
Napoleon at Fontainebleau and Elba; being a journal of occurrences in 1814-1815
 

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