This newspaper report provides details on the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaklava of the Crimean War. The charge took place on 25 October 1854; this newspaper report dates from 13 November, and attempts to clarify the muddied details and the numbers of killed and wounded.
The Times newspaper sent their own war correspondent, William Howard Russell, to the Crimean War. This was a significant move in journalism: for the first time, the British public could learn about the realities and horrors of war as it unfolded.
- Article by:
- Seamus Perry
- Victorian poetry
Dr Seamus Perry explains how Tennyson transformed a catastrophic episode in the Crimean war into one of the 19th-century’s most successful poems, using rhythm, repetition and vocabulary to convey both the folly of the cavalry charge and the bravery of the soldiers.