War in the East – 4 Nov

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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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