An Eye-Witness at Petropaulovski 1854

By Michael Lewis, published November 1963

Abstract

Hitherto unpublished extracts from a letter written by the then Chaplain in the flagship of the Rear Admiral commanding the British Pacific Squadron throw further light on the events surrounding the Siege of Petropaulovski in 1854. They give an eye-witness account of how Admiral Price shot himself, dying before the action; and of the carnage the Rev. Holme later witnessed, assisting the ship’s doctor with the casualties. Despite a distinguished early naval career, Price was too old, by then under-experienced and clearly mentally unbalanced – yet another example of incompetent command during the Anglo-Russian War.

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Filed under: Crimean War | Pacific
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Biography

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