Online Primary Sources: “London Gazette” and the “Naval Chronicle”

The London Gazette is still the newspaper of record in England; it has been published for over 300 years. The military term “gazetted” comes from being mentioned in this paper and was a sign of honor. Also, “mentioned in dispatches” comes from having your name put forward by a superior in recounting a military exploit in which you were prominently featured. Tens of thousands of issues can be searched.

Naval Chronicle. While not truly a newspaper, from 1799 to 1819 it was the place to find out about the British navy and its actions. It obviously covers the Napoleonic Era. Read biographies and first-hand accounts of every incident the navy was involved in. Bound into forty volumes. A brief index is available online.


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