I was reading the Wikipedia entry for the Duke of Richmond and it says that he was in command of a reserve force for the defence of Brussels during the Waterloo campaign. Was this actually the case? My understanding was that the Duke had been passed over for military command and was rather bitter about it. He is also famous for having appeared on the field of Waterloo wearing civilian clothing, and it seems odd that he was not in uniform if he was indeed in command of a reserve.
Anyway, can anyone shed any light on this? Did the Duke have a command or is it a mistake in the Wikipedia entry (the same article states that he was an observer at the Battle of Quatre Bras, which I am fairly sure he was not, so I am suspecting the latter).
That clears it up. Cheers for getting back to me.
It is a mistake.
The Duke of Richmond was never placed on the staff of Wellington's army. In April it was decided that he would not be employed due to his high seniority as a full general in the British Army which would make him Wellington's second-in-command.
Instead the Horse Guards recommended either Lieutenant Generals Sir Edward Paget or George, Earl of Dalhousie for a higher command if Wellington created a Third Corps.