Brigadier General McPherson and Officers of the 4th Division, 1855

Roger Fenton

 
Brigadier General McPherson and Officers of the 4th Division, 1855
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Brigadier General McPherson and Officers of the 4th Division, 1855.

Photograph by Roger Fenton, Crimean War, 1855.

Casualties among general officers were so heavy at the Battle of Inkerman that a man like Philip McPherson, who - through seniority alone - had risen to the command of a battalion at an advanced age, was given leadership of a brigade. The verdict on McPherson's capabilities delivered by his Brigade Major, Maxwell Earle, pictured here reading a dispatch (McPherson is the white-bearded figure standing to his left), was damning: 'Had I but a Goldie for a Brigadier instead of an old nonentity who, were I to put his own death warrant on his desk, he would sign it!'

Image Details

Negative No.
 
4564
Accession No.
 
NAM. 1964-12-151-6-9

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