Thursday, September 15, 2016

Captain Henry William Verschoyle

Captain Verschoyle, taken at the Crimea by Roger Fenton, 1855 (Art Institute Chicago

Captain Henry William Verschoyle served during the Crimean War with the Grenadier Guards. . He served the Eastern campaign of 1854-55, including the battles of Alma, Balaklava and Inkerman, siege and fall of Sebastopol, and was wounded in the trenches on the 5th September, 1855. 

Captain Verschoyle, Grenadier Guards (by Roger Fenton, Crimea, 1855)

‘Captain Henry William Verschoyle served through the whole of the campaign and carried the regimental colours at Inkermann, when surrounded by the enemy.’

‘A continued struggle, and hand to hand combat, now ensued, the men fighting with the desperation of those who know there is no support if they fail, and being often at such close quarters, that having no opportunity of reloading, they would make use of the butt-ends of their muskets...


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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Theodore Roosevelt visiting the south

Theodore Roosevelt, who had begun his presidency on reasonably good terms for a half-northerner president, had infuriated the South by inviting Booker T. Washington to dine in the White House. Consequently, he waited a few years until the episode blew over and finally saw Bulloch Hall for the first time while visiting the South in 1905.

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