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Lord Cardigan was in command of the disastrous Charge of the Light Cavalry Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava in 1854.
Signature of Cardigan on 4-1/2 x 4 inches paper.
Colour print of Charge of the Light Cavalry image is 7-1/4 x 5 inches.
Lieutenant-General James Thomas Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan, or Lord Brudenell, was an officer in the British Army. Beyond all other interests, which included politics and the preservation of the ancient privileges of the aristocracy against the reformist climate of the period, Brudenell committed himself to a career in the army. His most notorious exploit took place during the Crimean War on 25 October 1854 when, in command of the Light Cavalry Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava, he led the Charge of the Light Brigade reaching the Russian guns before returning unscathed, in a manoeuvre that cost the lives of about 107 out of the 674 men under his command who took part in the charge (although others may have died of wounds later on). The extent to which Lord Cardigan was to blame is unproven, since he attacked only after expressing his doubts and receiving a direct order in front of the troops from his immediate superior Lord Lucan, commander of the Cavalry Division.