RAGLAN, Fitzroy Somerset, Lord (1788-1855). General; Commander-in-Chief of the British Forces in the Crimea.
RAGLAN, Fitzroy Somerset, Lord 1788-1855. General; Commander-in-Chief of the British Forces in the Crimea
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Autograph Letter Signed ("Raglan") to "My dear General Yorke" [? - name virtually illegible], warmly recommending Captain Mackenzie, brigade major of the 92nd Regiment.
1¼ pages 8vo with integral blank leaf, and the blue stamp of the Commander-in-Chief's Office at the top left, Before Sevastopol, 27 December 1854.
Sevastopol, home of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, was besieged by the British, French and Turkish allies for a year, eventually falling, after very heavy casualties on all sides, in September 1855. The fall of Sevastopol convinced the Russians they could not actually win the Crimean war, leading to their acceptance of the Treaty of Paris in March 1856, which ended the war rather to Russia's disadvantage.
" . . . Airey [General Richard Airey, the Quartermaster General] knows him well having had the Brigade which Codrington now commands and speaks in the highest terms of him and I can say from my own observation that he is one of the most intelligent and satisfactory Staff officers I ever came across."
Vertical fold crease, not at all affecgting legibility.
Stock Code: 10932