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Crimean War Texts
This part of the site was originally constructed and developed by David Kelsey as a stand–alone website. Since 2007 it has come under the umbrella of the Crimean War Research Society.
The textual content of these pages consists of:
- original articles, essays, commentaries, etc, by named
- transcripts by named contributors of 19th century
- original articles, essays, commentaries, etc, by David Kelsey,
- transcripts by David Kelsey of 19th century documents.
Permission to reproduce material within groups (a) and (b)
should be sought from the named contributor.
A general permission is hereby given to reproduce material
within groups (c) and (d) provided that:
- the source is acknowledged, and
- the person reproducing the material does not claim to possess
the copyright himself or to transfer it to any other party.
This permission is given in the bona fide belief that
copyright in the material is not held by any other person. If
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The primary purpose of this site is to provide transcripts of
some contemporary documents of the Crimean War. They come from
The Times newspaper (reports, leading articles, and
letters), Hansard, Kinglake, and other sources. For the most part
they are concerned with the Battle of Balaclava (particularly the
Light Brigade charge and the recriminations which followed),
commissary problems, and Kinglake's role as historian, but other
items relevant to the war will be included as appropriate.
There is a list of sources
itemising all the source documents. Many of them are also referred to in topics, which are notes, commentaries, and
essays putting documents into a context. Unless stated otherwise,
[David Kelsey is] responsible for all opinions, judgments, and prejudices.
There are also some relatively objective background data, such as a chronological
table of events, maps, potted biographies, orders of battle, etc.