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War in the East – 1854

Sebastopol – The Progress of the Siege – 4th November 1854

by William Howard Russell – War Correspondent to The Times Newspaper

Saturday – 4th November 1854

There was not much done to-day in the trenches.  The Russians fired about sixty guns per hour, and we replied as usual.  The French burrowed and turned up the earth most vigorously.  Their third parallel is within 250 metres of the place.  Our casualties were very few last night, and to-day we have not had one man of the siege train disabled.  Our ammunition has come to hand, but we have none to throw away.  A number of 10-inch round shot were landed yesterday, but, unfortunately, we have no 10-inch guns for them, except the Lancasters, for which they are scarcely suitable.  Two guns have been added to the batteries of the right attack.  They now contain twenty-three pieces of artillery.  Whenever I look at the enemy’s earthworks, however, I think of the Woolwich butt.  What good have we done by all this powder?  Very little.   A few guns judiciously placed when we first came here might have saved us incredible toil and labour, because they would have rendered it all but impossible for the Russians to cast up such intrenchments and works as they have done before the open and perfectly unprotected entrance to Sebastopol.  Here has been our great and our irremediable error.

Excerpt from The War 1855 by W H Russell – Correspondent to The Times.

This volume contains the letters of The Times Correspondent from the seat of war in the East – The Crimean War – the first war with war correspondents.

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Sebastopol – The Progress of the Siege – 2nd November 1854

by William Howard Russell – War Correspondent to The Times Newspaper

Thursday – 2nd November 1854

At four this morning we were awakened by a cannonade, which shook the very earth on which we lay.  The Russians have received some information respecting the change and relief of the various covering and working parties, and the result is, that they try their utmost, by flights of cannon shot and shell, to cut up the men and wagons as they go to and fro between the camp and trenches.  We did not reply, and the French contented themselves with a few rounds.  We hear the “distressing intelligence” that 3000 workmen are building huts at Constantinople for the army to winter in, and that they are also fabricating sheds for horses. A “winter” here is a truly dismal prospect.  All that has been written about the beauty of this district and of its fertility is utter rubbish.  There are magnificent mountain ranges over Balaklava, but the country between that town and Sebastopol is a waste, covered with thistles and stones, and intersected by rocky ravines, once full of stumpy brushwood, now full of stumps only.

The weather has been so severe that, for nearly two days, the French could not communicate with their ships.  What would it be with us, who are fed from hand to mouth from Balaklava, if it were taken from us?  The “Emeu,”  which came in yesterday, landed 700 French infantry, of the 3rd Regiment of Foot, to-day, from Constantinople.  There is a great demand for winter clothing just now.  The sales of the deceased officers’ effects are scenes of warm competition for old rugs, greatcoats, cloaks, and horse clothing. A tattered rug fetches 45s. or 50s., a pot of meat 15s., an india-rubber tub 5l., a sponge ll. 5s., a half-worn-out old currycomb and brush may be seen handed over, after a warm contest, for 20s.  Officers perhaps do not know what to do with their money.

Excerpt from The War 1855 by W H Russell – Correspondent to The Times.

This volume contains the letters of The Times Correspondent from the seat of war in the East – The Crimean War – the first war with war correspondents.

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Further Reading and External Links

William Howard Russell on Wikipedia

William Howard Russell on BikWil