Interview and review by the Yorkshire Post Newspaper.
Charging into Hisotry
Anthony Dawson, a Yorkshire-born archaeologist and historian, has
spent more than a thousand hours of painstaking research collecting
these letters and poring over the Victorian newspapers that originally
published them. They form the basis of his new book – Letters from the
Light Brigade: The British Cavalry in the Crimean War – which describe
in detail what it was like to fight in the battles of Alma and Inkerman,
the siege of Sebastopol, as well as the charge of the Light Brigade.
of the letters were written by Yorkshiremen to their families and
friends and were published in local papers like the Leeds Mercury. They
include graphic accounts of the fighting, of the terrible loss of men
and horses shot and they describe, too, the miserable conditions with
men dying as much from disease as from their wounds.