Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Ford appears in Sharpe's Waterloo.Ford is not a military man, but a wealthy landowner who purchases a commission as lieutenant colonel of the Prince of Wales Own Volunteers in the peace of 1814-1815. He was surprised to find himself in in the field at Quatre Bras and at the Battle of Waterloo and is an indecisive, and nervous commander. He relies on the support of other under-experienced senior officers, Major Micklethwaite and Major Vine, the latter of whom was disliked by the rank and file.
Ford had the habit of nervously polishing his spectacle when trying to either avoid or make a decision. This habit nearly breaks him when he discovers he is doing so after having been spattered with Vine's brains and he is wiping his glasses with his gory sash.