From James B. Bucknall Estcourt, Major-General, to Alexander Kinglake [camp before Sebastopol], 28 Dec. 1854
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Government has been most thoughtful and generous in relieving suffering and discomfort 'in the hope of rendering our winter bearable'; good supply of clothes; reinforcements must still be sent; sickness increasing; 'Hospitals are filled'; the French moved British sick from plateau to Balaclava for embarkation; roads so impassable, only mules can travel; government has done all possible about care of sick; 'The siege has been lagging ever since Inkermann'; impossible to drag guns up from Balaclava; 'Every man's face is set towards Sebastopol, his eyes look upon the town as the object of his life'; a great gale blew down tents; many men died of exposure; 'Romaine is here full of impatience, and criticism'; thankful for Sidney Herbert's efforts for them
- 28 Dec. 1854
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