On 25 October 1854, Lord Cardigan led the charge of the Light Brigade againt the Russians in the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimea.
The insane order to attack the gun positions arose due to a miscommunicated message somewhere along the chain of command.
156 men of the Light Brigade were killed in the charge and 122 were wounded – 335 horses were also killed during the attack.
Included below is a newspaper article from November 1854 that reports on the charge.
Read a BNA blog post entitled, “An Officer’s Account of the Cavalry Charge at Balaclava”.
Chester Chronicle, Saturday 18 November 1854
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