A Manuscript Journal of Officer Artillery training at Shoeburyness 1859/60

A Manuscript Journal of Officer Artillery training at Shoeburyness 1859/60
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PHIPPS, R. [ almost certainly Ramsey Weston Phipps] Manuscript journal commencing July 1859 . 

Pp 118, 17, two sections in one volume. Recently bound in an aged binding in a half calf notebook format reusing the original cloth covers to the boards and original label, from two largely disbound volumes. Profusely illustrated with original ink drawings throughout both sections showing guns, gun carriages, limbers, construction tools and techniques, a military rocket launcher, field bridges etc. Approx. 20 cm x 16 cm x 2 cm. The manuscript journal shows Phipps’ progress through the Officers Long Course in Artillery, which it seems he undertook upon his return from the Crimea. Ramsey Weston Phipps life and career is extensively documented online, and we are as certain as we can be that this is his journal. The dates and names match the online information, and we think it unlikely that there were two officers named R.Phipps training at Shoeburyness at the same time.

Ramsey Weston Phipps was born in 10 April 1838 at Clonmel, Tipperary, Ireland. He died 24 June 1923 (aged 84) in Chelsea, London. He married Anne Bampfylde and had six children. He was the second son of Pownoll Phipps, an officer of the British East India Company’s Army. Ramsey Phipps served in the Crimea , in Malta, and in Canada where he had a hand in repressing the Fenian uprising  in 1866. He is primarily know for his authorship of “The Armies of the First French Republic and the Rise of the Marshals of Napoleon I” , a five-volume set published posthumously from 1926–1939 by Oxford University Press.  

Phipps was posted to the Crimea in November 1855, and took part in the Siege of Sevastopol, being part of the right siege train, charged with blowing up the Sevastapol docks. He returned to England in 1856. He took the Officers Long Course in Artillery in 1859/60 and in 1861 Phipps was stationed in South Shoebury, and was then promoted to second captain on 7 April 1864, and brigade adjutant in1868. 

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