Dubbed the soldier’s wife par excellence by The Times, Florentia Sale was one of the most remarkable figures of the First Afghan War. The wife of Brigadier (Later Major-General Sir) Robert Sale, who was to die in the first Sikh War at Mudki in 1845, she had remained in Kabul with her daughter and son-in-law whilst her husband defended Jalalabad. She was forced to join the disastrous retreat from Kabul in January 1842, when she was twice wounded, and taken into captivity with a number of others by Akbar Khan. Her Journal covers the events in Kabul and the retreat as well as her nine month’s captivity and eventual rescue.
JOURNAL OF THE DISASTERS IN AFGHANISTAN 1841-42
An intriguing and horrifying journal of the disastrous siege and retreat from Kabul kept by Lady Florentia Sale who was wounded, captured, held for nine months and rescued.