Bachelor soldier narratives of nostalgia and the re-creation of the domestic interior

This chapter seeks to uncover late Georgian narratives of domesticity in the letters and journals of bachelor soldiers on campaign during the Napoleonic Wars. The chapter supplements existing historical assessments of the continuities between civilian and martial masculinities, and interrogates the ways in which bachelor soldiers maintained and reinforced emotional connections with their families through the exchange of letters, material objects and memories. This chapter uncovers the ways in which bachelor soldiers enthusiastically sought out and re-assembled familiar domestic material culture in their pursuit of both physical and emotional comfort. It argues that these men ‘returned’ home through nostalgic recollections and emotional narrative exchanges, which resulted in their subsequent re-creation of the familiar domestic interior within the confines and culture of war.

in Martial masculinities