09 December-Charge of the Light Brigade

Daniel Dowling was a survivor of the Charge of the Light Brigade. He was a native of Carlow, Ireland. The Charge of the Light Brigade took place on October 25th 1854 at the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War. Daniel Dowling died in an almshouse in Utica, New York on July 15th 1913. When he died a copy of the poem, The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson was found among his possessions.

Tennyson wrote his poem, The Charge of the Light Brigade on December 2nd 1854. He was the Poet Laureate at the time. He wrote the narrative poem based on newspaper reports of how ‘The Light Brigade’ charged up the valley at Balaclava. The Brigade was fired on from the Russian positions at the top of the valley and from both sides. The charge resulted in 278 casualties of whom 156 were killed.

“Forward, the Light Brigade!”

Was there a man dismayed?

Not though the soldier knew

Someone had blundered.

Theirs not to make reply,

Theirs not to reason why,

Theirs but to do and die.

Into the valley of Death

Rode the six hundred.

“The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred Lord Tennyson was published in the year 1854 On This Day.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Charge of the Light Cavalry Brigade. 25th Oct. 1854



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