Three CDVs relating to Sergeant Munday Late of the 7th Hussars- Veteran of Waterloo, and inn keeper and guide there later in like.
Sergeant Joseph Munday’s bust portrait and two other CDV images of scenes of the Waterloo Battlefield, make up this group for a most interesting military character.
Joseph Munday joined the British 7th Hussars around 1810, and served with his regiment during the Napoleonic Wars participating in the Battle or Orthez in 1814, and at the battles of Quatre Bras and Waterloo.
In 1849, Munday took over the battlefield guide touring business at Waterloo from a friend (some accounts say brother-in-law), Sergeant Major Cotton. Joseph Munday also owned an Inn in Waterloo, which also afford a small museum for his guests. Writing in “Household Words, Vol 3” in 1851, Charles Dickens wrote, “In Waterloo, there is an excellent hotel kept by Serjeant Munday, an Englishman who was in the battle, and who has succeeded as guide to his brother-in-law, the late well-known Serjeant-Major Cotton, the author of the admirable little guide-book.”
Aging and longing to be with family who had migrated to the United States, Sergeant Munday and family settled down in Iowa in the late 1860s.
The images are a bust portrait of Munday wearing a campaign medal I can’t identified, and is signed in period ink on the reverse, “Sergt. Munday Late 7th Hussars Waterloo Guide.” Beneath that inscription is another hand writing, “Aged 70 April -20, 1866.” Photographed by Dechamps &Cie. Bruxelles. The 2nd image shows the Ruins of the Farm of Hougomont, at Waterloo, taken by the same photographer. The last image is a composite showing various scenes, monument, etc. all relating to the battlefield, entitled “Souvenir of Waterloo.” No photographer information.
All are in very good condition.
A great group for a veteran and later Waterloo personality.