Donald Featherstone is the author of more than 60 books on wargaming and military history. Hector MacDonald was fourteen when he ran away to join the Black Watch, the famous 42nd Highland Regiment. From service in the Crimean War, where he was wounded, to the Indian Mutiny, and then through a whole array of other assignments, MacDonald saw more service than most. Based on a single letter found in Bristol's Docks, Donald Featherstone has written an imaginative reconstruction of the outstanding soldier's life. From the extensive contemporary accounts of the Regiment and histories of the Army, Donald Featherstone has reconstructed the life of a Highlander in the mid-nineteenth century. Hector MacDonald was a real soldier and the actions in this book are real, his story is in many ways representative of the Victorian soldier who founded an empire by feat of arms. The History of Wargaming Project is edited by John Curry.