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' THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT…

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THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE. LORD TRRBEGAR INTERVIEWED. Lord Tredegar—the Capt. Godfrey Morgan who found himself in charge of the 17th Lancers at Bala- clava when all his senior officers were either killed or wounded in the famous charge of the Light Brigade -has been induced by the Western Mail to describe what he did and saw on that memorable day. His Lordship's narrative is as follows My firtt recollection on the eventful morning of October 25,1854, was turning out before dawn very cold and uncomfortable, but soon after forming up in front of our camp unusual movements were ob- served in the redoubts held by the Turks' on the rising ground on our left front, and it was not long before we felt that something out of the common was going to happen on that side of Balaclava. We had cot long to wait, as we saw fohots striking the redoubts from an invisible enemy the other side of the hill. Soon after this the lances of the Cossacks or other Russian cavalry appearod over the brow, surrounding the redoubts, out of which the Turks came running, leaving them in the possession cf the Russians. I then saw the Highlanders forming into line in front of Balaclava, and almost imme- diately they were attacked, but they stood their ground, and the Russians did not get very near. At the same time a large body of Russian cavalry came down the hill at the charge, and the heavy cavalry brigade formed at once into line and advanced to meet them. It was a curious sight. !"Tfa ey had hardly time to get up a trot when they met the Russians coming down hill. There was a kind of a shock as they met, and then the heavens appeared through them. A hand-to-hand fight continued, and then the Russians turned and galloped back. At that moment Capt. Morris, who was in com- mand of the 17th Lancers, said, or shouted "tNow is our chance I" and then he suggested, I think to Lord Cardigan, our ehiefy who was just in front of us, that we ought to follow up the success and com- plete the rout." He was told it was not his business, or words to that effect. Capt. Morris then turned to the 17th and said The 17th shall do it themselves. 17th Lancers, advance!" We advanced about 100 yards, when Lord Cardigan galloped up and ordered us back into line. We were shortly afterwards moved up over the hill, and formed up at the bead of the valley. When we got there we saw the army, which we afterwards -knew was that of Liprandj's masses, at the head of the valley and on its .hills to right and left. Some of them were at the re- doubts vacated by the Turks. About 11 o'clock an order came to Lord Lucan to prevent the enemy carrying off the guns. While standing in position I remarked to poor Webb We are in range of them now from that battery on our left. At that moment j we were ordered to advance, and a puff of smoke from the battery alluded to told me that the Russians thought as I did. The first shell barst in the air about 100 yards in front of us. The next one dropped in front of Nolan's horse and exploded on touching the ground. He uttered a wild yell as his horse turned round, and, with his arms extended, the reins dropped on the animal's neck, he trotted towards us, but in a few yards dropped dead off his horse. I do not imagine that anybody except those in the front line of the 17th Lancers (13th Light Dragoons) saw what had happened. We went on. When we got about two or three hundred yards the battery of the Russian Horse Artillery opened fire. I do not recollect bear- ing a word from anybody as we gradually broke from I a trot to a canter, though the noise of the striking of men and horses by grape and round shot was deafeu- ing, while the dust and gravel struck up by the round shot that fell short was almost blinding, and irritated my horse so that I could scarcely hold him at all. But as we came nearer I could see plainly > enough, especially when I was about a hundred yards from the guns. I appeared to be riding straight on to the muzzle of one of the guns, and I distinctly faw the gunner apply his fuse. I shut my eyes then, for I thought that settled the ques- tion as far as I waa concerned. But the shot just missed me and struck the man on my right full in the chest. In another minute I was on the gun and the lead- iug Russian's grey horse, shot, I suppose, with a pistol by somebody on my right, fell across my horse, dragging it over with him and pinning me in between the gun and himself. A Russian gunner on foot at, once covered me with his carbine. He was just within reach of my sword, and I struck him across hia neck. The. blow did not do much harm, but it disconcerted his aim. At the same time a mounted gunner struck my hone on the forehead with hist sabre. purring" Sir Briggs," he half jumped, half blundered, over the fallen horees.andthen for a short time bolted with me. I only remember finding myself i'alone among the Russians trying to get. out as best I could. This, by some chance, I did, in spite of the attempts of the Russians to cut me down. When clear again of the guns I saw two or three of my men making their way back, and as the fire from both flanks was still heavy it was a matter of running the gauntlet again. I have not sufficient. recollection of minor incidents to deceribe them, as probably no two men who were in that charge would describe it in the same way. When I was back pretty nearly where we started from I found that I was the senior officer of those not wounded, and, consequently, in command, there being two others, w ijun!?ra me, in the same position—Lieut, .t T "I W Cornet Cleveland (afterwards killed remained formed up until the evening, when, as the enemy made no further altenpt to advance, we returned to our tents^yJi; very tar off.

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