Napier, Sir Charles James

Napier, Sir Charles James

(nā`pēr, nəpēr`), 1782–1853, British general; brother of Sir William NapierNapier, Sir William Francis Patrick
, 1785–1860, British general and historian; brother of Sir Charles James Napier. He served in the Peninsular War and wrote a famous and still authoritative History of the War in the Peninsula (6 vol., 1828–40).
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. He served with distinction in the Napoleonic Wars. Stationed (1822–30) on the Greek island of Kefallinía, he became acquainted with Lord Byron and was asked, although he declined, to command the Greek independence forces. As commander (1839–40) of the troops in N England, he exercised moderation in dealing with Chartist unrest (see ChartismChartism,
workingmen's political reform movement in Great Britain, 1838–48. It derived its name from the People's Charter, a document published in May, 1838, that called for voting by ballot, universal male suffrage, annual Parliaments, equal electoral districts, no
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). In 1841 Napier went to India, where he undertook the conquest (1843) of Sind. He served as governor of Sind until 1847.

Bibliography

See biography by R. N. Lawrence (1952); H. T. Lambrick, Sir Charles Napier and Sind (1952).

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