Charles O’Hara was a British soldier who had the dubious distinction of surrendering to both George Washington and Napoleon Bonaparte.
He was born in Lisbon 1740, the illegitimate son of General James O’Hara and his Portuguese mistress. He was educated at Westminster School, but joined the army as a cornet at the age of twelve. Before he was 16 he was commissioned as a lieutenant, just as Europe was about to enter another of its interminable wars. Read more ›››