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The Times 10.2.1875 p 5


MR KINGLAKE AND SIR GEORGE CATHCART

TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES.

Sir — I trust that the fact that I believe I was the last person, except Colonel Charles Seymour, to whom Sir George Cathcart spoke will be my excuse for coming forward in support of the account of what really occurred just before he was killed. I will simply quote from my journal, written on the evening of the battle, and which now lies before me:—

“We (the 68th) were ordered to go to the right, where we found some of the Guards very hard pressed. We advanced over the crest of the hill, brought our right shoulders forward, and, giving a cheer, drove the Russians back. We were then ordered by Brigadier Torrens to advance. (Torrens was severely wounded directly after.) The hill was very steep and covered with brushwood, so that we soon lost all formation, and were mixed up with the Guards. Our men continued to press forward, firing away on the retreating Russians, so that some of them got down into the bottom of the valley. After some time we got the order to retire, but this was a more difficult job than going down; when we were half way up I came across Sir George Cathcart, who called me by name, and said, ‘Get your men together; the Russians are coming over on our left.’ I looked up and saw them on our original left and rear. I got together about 20 men, — some of our own, some of the Guards, and some of the 20th, but we had no ammunition. It was proposed to charge them, but that was impossible up such a hill. Just then Sir G Cathcart was killed, falling quietly from his horse (I think) without speaking. We then dropped down the hill again, and going some way round, I at last found what remained of the regiment drawn up on the ground of the Second Division camp.”

I beg to remain, your obedient servant
CAVENDISH C FITZROY
Major, late 68th Light Infantry

97, Onslow-square, SW, Feb. 9


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