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Introduction to other direct sources


This section includes the remaining primary sources of information about the war in the Crimea found among the papers.

The first is a letter written home by Colonel Lacy Yea, then commanding the 7th Regiment, soon after the battle of Inkerman. He takes a bleak views of the allies' prospects, predicting 'some awful disaster.' Lacy Yea was killed in action in the assault on the Redan on 18 June 1855.

The next two items are translations of intelligence reports by Colonel Desaint (here misspelled 'Dessaint'), presumably to the C-in-C, of September 1855, after the Russian withdrawal from the South Side of Sebastopol. They reveal that before their withdrawal the Russians had mined Fort Nicholas and laid wires across to the North Side, but their attempts to detonate the mines failed.

The next item is a letter from Major Burroughs of the 93rd Highlanders dated 1863, the year of the publication of Kinglake's first two volumes, enclosing the next two items, namely an extract from the Regiment's history describing the battle of Balaklava, and extracts from his own diary describing fraternisation between British and Russian officers after the declaration of peace in March 1856.

The next item is endorsed "Figures of Tower's as to casualties in the War."

The next item is an undated letter to Kinglake from General De Lacy Evans, who had commanded the 2nd Division at the start of the war until invalided home. Brief though it is, it contains an illuminating description of what passed for consultation at Raglan's headquarters.

The final item is a letter to Kinglake dated 27 December 1866 about the part played by the Royal Dragoons in the charge of the Heavy Brigade.

The documents are now in the collection of the Cambridge University Library. The references are shown thus:- CUL Add.9554/5/xx


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