UKRAINE Battle of Chernaya River Burying the Dead antique print 1855
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UKRAINE: Battle of Chernaya River: Burying the Dead, antique print, 1855

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CAPTION BELOW PICTURE: 'The Battle-Field of the Tchernaya-Burying the Dead'


Battle of the Chernaya River
The Battle of the Chernaya River (Battle of Tchernaïa) was a battle by the Chernaya River fought during the Crimean War on August 16, 1855. The battle was fought between Russian troops and a coalition of French and Sardinian troops. The Chernaya River is on the outskirts of Sevastopol.
The battle began as an offensive by the Russians with the goal of regaining Sevastopol. 58,000 Russian troops in two army corps under Prince Michael Gorchakov fought against 60,000 French and Sardinian troops under French General Aimable Pélissier. Although the British correspondents were amazed with the courage of Russian soldiers and the impetuosity of their attack, the assault of the Russian army was poorly organized. It is known that Gorchakov sent a note to his generals with the words "Let's start it." By this, Gorchakov only meant that the Russians should start to deploy their forces. Unfortunately his generals interpreted his words as his order to attack and they acted accordingly. The attacking Russians immediately met stiff resistance from the French and Sardinians. The bravery of French soldiers of the 50th, 82nd, 95th, 97th of line; the 19th Chasseurs at foot; and the 2nd and 3rd Zouaves was especially noted. The battle ended in a Russian retreat and a victory for the French and their Sardinian allies.
Russian Count Leo Tolstoy was a participant in the Battle of the Chernaya River. He witnessed as the Russians crossed the river and started up the hillside in the morning sunlight. Tolstoy saw the lives of the Russians ending in clusters as French and Sardinian shells exploded around them. Before the morning was over, the Russians were forced to retreat. They left thousands of their dead comrades behind. Tolstoy was depressed and angered by the slaughter. He believed much of it was due to incompetent generals and staff. Tolstoy vented his anger by composing some satiric stanzas. His humorous song soon gained widespread popularity among the Russian soldiers. It is the only piece of verse Tolstoy is known to have written.

(Source Wikipedia)

Notes on the historical context / background to the print can be viewed at: Battle of Chernaya River

DATE PRINTED: 1855    

IMAGE SIZE: Approx 18.5 x 23.0cm, 7.25 x 9 inches (Medium)

TYPE: Antique wood engraved print

CONDITION: Fair: No left margin (image incomplete: a small part of the print may be missing compared to that shown in the scan). Tight bottom margin below caption; The image shown may have been scanned from a different example of this print than that which is offered for sale: Any flaws described in this statement may not be visible on the scan but will be present on the print you receive. Please note any other blemishes on the scan prior to purchasing this picture. Virtually all antiquarian maps and prints are subject to some normal aging due to use and time which is not obtrusive unless otherwise stated. We offer a no questions asked return policy.

AUTHENTICITY: This is an authentic historic print, published at the date stated above. It is not a modern copy.

VERSO: There are images and/or text printed on the reverse side of the picture. In some cases this may be visible on the picture itself (please check the scan prior to your purchase) or around the margin of the picture.

ARTIST/CARTOGRAPHER/ENGRAVER: Unsigned;sketched by Julian Portch

PROVENANCE: Illustrated Times



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UKRAINE: Battle of Chernaya River: Burying the Dead, antique print, 1855
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