Mrs. Duberly's War: Journal and Letters from the Crimea, 1854-6

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NOTES AND COMMENTARY

Chapter I: The Voyage

Previously unpublished letters or parts of letters are printed in italic within square brackets. The source in this chapter is British Library MSS Add. 47218 A f.47. Unless otherwise stated, all letters are to Selina or Francis Marx.

1. She means small, like the little chamber made by the Shunamite woman on the wall of her house for the prophet Elisha. 2 Kings 4. 9-11.

2. British Army officers were provided with one soldier servant from their regiment to clean their kit, cook their meals, pitch their tents, empty slops and look after their horses etc. In addition they could pay for extra help from other soldiers or employ civilian servants. Fanny complained that the French officers were better treated. 'In the French army a Captain has three servants & three horses. We have 4 horses and are only allowed one servant from the regiment' (21 July 1855).

Private Timothy Connell was born at Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire), Ireland, and was a groom prior to his enlistment on 4 July 1845. He died on board the Himalaya on 13 September 1854.

3. S. is Selina, Fanny's eldest sister, favourite sibling and chief correspondent. W. is Wadham, Fanny's eldest brother; her letters to him do not appear to have survived. Mrs F. may have been Fanny's sister-in-law. Her second brother, Francis, had married Katherine, the daughter of Admiral Fellowes, and they took over Rowdeford House. Katherine would have been called Mrs Francis by servants within the family circle to differentiate her from Wadham's wife who, as the wife of the senior brother, was Mrs Locke. From comments in her surviving letters it is clear that Fanny corresponded regularly with Katherine and Francis, although these letters do not appear to have survived.

4. The steep, stepped streets of Valletta were haunted by beggars. Their cry nix mangiare (nothing to eat) was a mixture of Italian and German (nichts).

5. The Chasseurs d'Afrique were a light cavalry brigade from Algeria, created in 1831.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Maps and Illustrations ix
  • Notes on Endpapers x
  • Chapter 1 - The Voyage 1
  • Chapter 2 - Embarkation and Encampment at Varna 17
  • Chapter 3 - The Expedition to the Crimea 54
  • Chapter 4 - Balaklava October-November 1854 75
  • Chapter 5 - Balaklava December 1854– March 1855 113
  • Chapter 6 - The Camp 154
  • Chapter 7 - The Fall of Sebastopol 200
  • Notes and Commentary 263
  • Biographical Notes 307
  • Appendix I - How the War Began 327
  • Appendix 2 - The Battle of Balaklava 334
  • Books Referred to and Further Reading 343
  • Acknowledgements 345
  • Index 347
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