General Orders issued to the Army of the East,

From April 30 1854 to December 31 1855. With an Index.

London: John W. Parker and Son, 1856 Stock Code: 133591
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A rare and important primary source of information

First and only edition, covering the tenures of Field-Marshal Lord Raglan, General Sir James Simpson, and General Sir William John Codrington whose copy this is.

Raglan had died in June 1855, following the infamous Charge of the Light Brigade in October 1854 and the strong criticism it brought him. He was swiftly replaced by Simpson who, after a short while, "determined to resign a command which he had accepted with hesitation and for which he felt ill-equipped. On 10 November 1855 he handed it over to Sir William Codrington" (ODNB).

Codrington (1804-1884) succeeded to General Sir James Simpson as Commander-in-Chief on November 11th 1855, as stated on p. 187, "still only a substantive major-general but promoted local general on 29 October 1855. Shortly after taking command, Codrington ruled that all war correspondents thought likely to aid the enemy by publishing sensitive military information should leave the Crimea. An armistice at the end of February effectively ended the fighting, and on 24 March Codrington invited Russian officers to a celebratory race meeting near the Chernaya River" (ODNB). He commanded the force occupying Sebastopol until the final evacuation of the Crimea on 12 July 1856.

We were able to trace only seven copies on Library Hub and Library Hub: four in the UK and three in the US.

A rare and important primary source of information on the concrete difficulties of soldiers' daily lives, as well as issued military orders and procedures followed during the Crimean War.

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Octavo. Original embossed red pebbled cloth, title in gilt on front board, manuscript title label on spine, red sprinkled edges, yellow endpapers, with the errata leaf, and 8 pp. of publisher's advertisements at end.


Contemporary ink ownership inscription of General Sir William John Codrington to half-title. Slight wear to extremities, somewhat a little darkened; a very good copy indeed.


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