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Crimean War

Browse the history of Crimean War through vintage photographs.

A photo of Roger Fenton with his "photographer's van" - what a war photographer had to use for transportation to carry all of his equipment in the Crimean War. Fenton was one of the first war photographers and extensively photographed the Crimean War.
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Roger Fenton
Mar 28, 1819 - Aug 8, 1869
A photo of Sir Colin Campbell GCB in 1855. Colin Campbell was born in Glasgow Scotland in 1792. He was promoted to the rank of Major-General during the Crimean War (when this photo was taken) and fought in the battle of Alma. When he overthrew the last of the Russians, the only reward he asked for was permission to wear the highland bonnet instead of the cocked hat of a general officer. A true Highlander and a true Scot! He died in 1863 and is buried in Westminster Abbey. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Roger Fenton photographer.
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Colin Campbell
Born: Oct 20, 1792
William Howard Russell, reputed to be the first war correspondent, photo taken while writing for the London Times during the Crimean War. Florence Nightingale said that she became involved in battlefield nursing because of his reports to the paper. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Roger Fenton
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William Howard Russell
Born: Mar 20, 1828
Lieutenant General Sir De Lacy Evans, G.C.B., M.P. who was a part of numerous battles including the War of 1812 in the U.S., the battle of Waterloo in Belgium, and the Crimean War. Sir (George) De Lacy Evans was a British general who actually participated in 4 wars for the U.K. He was also a member of Parliament for almost 20 years and was awarded the Grand Cross of the French Legion of Honor. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Roger Fenton, photographer
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Captain Phillips and Lieutenant Yates of the 8th Hussars, in the Crimean War. Photography was a new technology when Roger Fenton spent March - June 1855 following and documenting the Crimean War. He was paid by the British monarchy to photograph the lands and soldiers involved in the war. He didn't take photos of battle scenes, partially because of the technology (it was difficult to set up) and partially because the government didn't want actual battles pictured. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Roger Fenton, photographer.
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British Lieutenant General Sir George Brown, G.C.B., K.H. a commander in the Crimean War and the Peninsular War. Born in Scotland in 1790, he was not only a noted general in war but he was also appointed Commander-in-Chief, Ireland, 1860 to March 1865. He also served in the British army in America (Maryland). He died in 1865. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Fenton, Roger, 1819-1869, photographer
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George Brown
Born: 1790
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