British General killed at the Battle of Abukir Bay (1801).
Signature: "Ra: Abercromby Maj. Gen/[?] Regt Foot/1793", 3½x1¼
slip, affixed to 5¼x6½ sheet, to which are also affixed a printed clipping about
Abercromby and two book photographs. (One [b/w, 1½x2¼] features a portrait of
Abercromby; the other [b/w, 5x2¾] shows him wounded at the Battle of Abukir.)
British General Ralph Abercromby (1734-1801), son of a Scottish
landowner, participated in the capture of the fortress of Louisbourg (Canada)
from the French during the Seven Years War (1758). He was elected to
Parliament in 1774. Returning to military duty during the Napoleonic Wars, he
commanded troops in Flanders (1793-1794) and the Caribbean, leading a failed
attempted to capture San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 1801, he led the British
amphibious landing against entrenched French forces at Abukir (Abu Qir) Bay,
Egypt, winning a decisive victory but being mortally wounded. He is credited
with improving discipline in the British army. His wife was made a Baroness
after his death. Irregularly trimmed. Horizontal fold touches top of "R" and "A"
in signature. Otherwise, fine condition.
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SIR RALPH ABERCROMBY
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