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The Charge of the Light Brigade: according to Lucan

The Heavy Brigade having now joined the Light Brigade, the Division took up a position with a view of supporting an attack upon the heights, when being instructed to make a rapid advance to our front to prevent the Enemy carrying the guns lost by the Turkish Troops in the morning; I ordered the Light Brigade to advance in 2 lines, and supported them with the Heavy Brigade. This attack of the Light Cavalry was very brilliant and daring, exposed to a fire from heavy batteries on their front and 2 flanks, they advanced unchecked until they reached the Batteries of the Enemy, and cleared them of their gunners, and only retired when they found themselves engaged with a very superior force of cavalry in the Rear. Major General the Earl of Cardigan led this attack in the most gallant and intrepid manner, and his Lordship has expressed himself to me as admiring in the highest degree the courage and zeal of every Officer, Non Commissioned Officer, and Man that assisted.

 
 
 
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