Post by simon1965 on Feb 12, 2019 16:37:10 GMT -5
Have any of you ever heard of a George Hamilton-Browne fighting in the Sioux war.
GHB was a teller of tall tales who (if you believe him went around the world fighting......). He DID fight in the Zulu War of 1879 and his actions (in that war) are well documented and reliable (on the whole) but he also claimed to have fought in the Maori wars (hence his nickname 'Maori Browne')
This is taken from the internet.....
Hamilton-Browne was the archetypal colonial adventurer. He was originally from Ulster, born of a soldiering family in 1847. He failed to enter Sandhurst or Woolwich and had to progress the hard way. His deep-seated respect for commissioned officers is clear throughout the biographies he wrote after his retirement. Hewas almost continuously in action for more than 30 years between 1866 and 1897. Browne started as a driver in the RHA, then served a time in the Papal Zouaves before his first colonial adventure in New Zealand in 1866. This was as far as he could go to avoid the consequences of a duel in Italy that ended with thedeath of his opponent. He served as a major in Tempsky's Forest Rangers and ended up as a captain in the 1,000 strong Field Force under Colonel Whitmore. He saw a great deal of action in the campaign against the Maori leader Te Kooti. During his time there he learned the Maori language and earned the life-long nick-name of 'Maori' Browne. He left NZ in 1870 and went to Australia where he was badly wounded in the chest. After he recovered he went to the United States to fight against the Sioux
As I mentioned previously I mainly research the AZW but have started to get into LBH and wondered if anyone has heard of him. The American adventure is generally considered (by AZW historians) to be one of his tales.