Mrs. Duberly's War: Journal and Letters from the Crimea, 1854-6

TitleMrs. Duberly's War: Journal and Letters from the Crimea, 1854-6
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsDuberly, Frances Isabella L., and Christine Kelly
Number of Pages355
PublisherOxford University Press

Mrs. Duberly's journal is one of the most vivid eye-witness accounts of the Crimean War. Fanny Duberly, then aged 25, accompanied her husband to the Crimea in 1854, and remained there until the end of the fighting, the only officer's wife to remain throughout the entire campaign. She survived the severe winter of 1854-55, witnessed the battle of Balaklava and the charge of the Light Brigade, and rode through the ruins of Sebastopol. Spirited and courageous, she was known by sight to British and French soldiers across the battlefields, regarded often with enthusiasm and sometimes with disapproval. Witty and beautiful, she enjoyed flirtatious friendships with many of the most important men of the campaign. First published in 1855, her journal was a best-seller at the time; this is the first edition since its only reprint the following year.

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