[addressed to] His Excellency The Commander of the Forces etc. etc. etc.
Balaklava. October 27. 1854.
I have the honor to report that the Cavalry Division under My command was seriously engaged with the Enemy on the 25th instant, during the greater part of which day it was under a heavy fire; that it made a most triumphant charge against a very superior number of the Enemy's Cavalry, and an attack upon Batteries which for daring and gallantry could not be exceeded; the loss, however, in Officers, Men, and Horses, has been most severe.
From 6½ in the morning when the Horse Artillery first opened fire till the Enemy had possessed itself of all the different Forts, the Cavalry constantly changing their