Date added: 7 Jun 2015
Captain Jonathan Leach wrote a book about his experiences in the Napoleonic wars. The book is put together from his notes and a journal that he kept regularly. Reading the book can show how the soldiers felt at the time and what they thought of their opponents.
In his book he calls his opponents attacks 'desperate' on many occasions so you can clearly see that he did not think that his opponents were skilled rivals. At the time writing a journal, notes or even some rough sketches could be good for the mental wellbeing of a soldier as it provided them with something to talk to and share their troubles with. This was especially important when sometimes they would be away from their loved ones for months without seeing them. Also, letters sent from the front were not sent very regularly or reliably so keeping a journal was undoubtedly a good idea.