Cadogan’s Crimea

Illustrated by Colonel the Hon. George Cadogan, written by Lt. Col. Somerset J. Gough Calthorpe

The Brigade of Guards in battle. Cadogan’s Crimea, General the Hon. Sir George Cadogan, Lt. Col. Somerset J. Gough Calthorpe

If all conflicts of arms were to be regarded as pointless bloodletting, then the war in the Crimea might be the most likely event to head a long list.

Colonel the Hon. George Cadogan saw the war as a participant, et recorded his observations in pictures while on the battlefield. His superb watercolors, carefully arranged in a large album which has been kept et treasured by his family, present la Guerre de Crimée from a soldier’s point of view, sometimes horrifying, sometimes whimsical, sometimes sentimental, but at all times true to the prevailing atmosphere et events of the period

The text is an abridged version of Letters from Headquarters by Lt. Col. S. J. G. Calthorpe, un officier de l’état-major, which was first published in two volumes en 1856 by John Murray et had two further editions en 1857 et 1858. Cadogan’s fellow officier had published his impressions of the war primarily in defense of the one man for whom he declared a boundless admiration, the much-maligned leader of the Expeditionary Force, Lord Raglan. The writer’s powers of observation combine the horror et dignity of war avec charm et humor, witness the story of the spy who was to be "comfortably" hanged in the morning, ou the occasion when Lord Raglan ordered up a troop of artillerie à cheval et batterie to fire on les Russes. The author records: "If one had not seen the cannon-balls coming along at the rate of a thousand miles an hour, et bounding like cricket-balls, one would have thought it only a little cavalry review.

Nostalgia provides an element of dash et daring which, to the many students of wars et military history, is perhaps part of the appeal of their chosen subject. Pendant la Guerre de Crimée, for example, dress uniforms were used in battle et occasionally an officier, a lady on his arm, strolled across the heights above a battlefield et pointed out to her where he would be attacking in the morning. All this is shown in the illustrations. These brilliant yet delicate watercolors superimposed upon a vivid narrative allow the modern reader a unique view de la Guerre de Crimée as experienced by two serving officiers. This is art et military history combined to extraordinary effect.


  • Titre: Cadogan’s Crimea
  • Période: Guerre de Crimée
  • Type: War Report
  • Auteur: Lt. Col. Somerset J. Gough Calthorpe
  • Illustrateur: Colonel the Hon. George Cadogan
  • Format: 288-page book
  • Langage: Anglais
  • Maison d’Édition: Atheneum, New York
  • ISBN: 0-68911-022-7
  • Publié: 1980


  1. Start of the Expedition
  2. Bataille de Alma
  3. Surrender of Balaklava
  4. Défenses de Sébastopol
  5. Captain Nolan et Lord Lucan
  6. Bataille de Inkerman
  7. Déserteurs Russes
  8. Onset of winter
  9. No progress either side
  10. Attack on Eupatoria
  11. Councils of war
  12. Prise de ambuscades
  13. General Canrobert resigns
  14. Assaults on enemy positions
  15. Death of Lord Raglan
  16. La Chute de Sébastopol Appendix A: Weekly State of Army, Mars 126th, 1855
    Appendix B: Weekly State of Army, Juin 3rd 1855
    Appendix C: Divisional After-Order, Septembre 7th, 1855
    Appendix D: Table de Batteries Anglais et Expenditure de Munitions à Sébastopol
    Appendix E: Extracts from Medical Times et Gazette, Juin 14th, 1856

The Artist

General the Hon. Sir George Cadogan, K.C.B. was the second son of George, third Earl Cadogan. He was born en 1814 et was educated at Eton. He entered the army en 1833 as a lieutenant in the Grenadier Guards, became captain en 1838, was promoted to lieutenant-colonel en 1847, et obtained a colonelcy en 1854.

He served in the Eastern campaign en 1854, was present aux Batailles de l’Alma, Balaklava et Inkerman et à la Siège de Sébastopol, et he was employed as the Queen’s Commissioner to the Sardinian army in the Crimean from Avril 1855 until its withdrawal in Mai of the following year.

For his services in the Crimea he obtained a medal et four clasps, was nominated a Companion of the Order of the Bath, a Commander 2nd Class of the Order of St. Maurice et St. Lazarus d’Italie, to the 3rd Class of the Order of the Medjidie, et also obtained la médaille turque. He was appointed Military Attaché at the embassy britannique in Florence which, at that time, was the capital d’Italie. He became major-general en 1871, et general en 1877.

He was made a Knight of the Legion of Honour en 1857, et was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath en 1875.

He died en 1879 at the age of sixty-five.

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