||(1) February 1855 - This letter is addressed to Lady Heathcote.
It is an unfinished letter, not signed, that describes the arrival of
the soldiers at Portsmouth. Much confusion, but warm clothing
and boots were distributed. Writes about a slight scrimmage
with some prisoners taken. (2) February 11, 1855 - In
Balaklava Bay. Ernest Perceval gives an account of what he saw
at Malta till he arrived here. Entered Malta by moonlight.
Describes the striking of the church clock and hearing music
wafting over the water. Soon after they anchored, barges came
alongside and were busy giving them coal all night. Describes
what he saw on a tour of the harbor and surrounding area. Made
sketches. Continues to February 15 - Left Balaklava for the Bay
Kosalchaiu (?). Can just see Sevastopol (Sebastopol). (3)
February 22, 1855 - Camp near Balaklava. Disembarked last
Sunday waiting to join our regiments. The Turks defeated the
Russians at Eupatoria. Expected on Balaklava. Describes the
situation and scenes around including the many nationalities.
Describes another attack by Russians which was repulsed.
||(1) No date - Easter Monday (April 8, 1855). This letter reports
an attack this morning at about 8:00. Casualties were small.
The Russians returned fire with their usual. Continues to Easter
Tuesday - Fire will continue. New batteries at Inkerman.
Describes a ride on the plains where the cavalry charge was
made. Continued to Wednesday - Reports casualties. Describes
battles. Thinks Raglan has not made up his mind. (Two copies
of this letter in file. The second copy contains additional material dated Saturday [April 13, 1855].) (2) April 14, 1855 - Camp before
Sevastopol. Mr. Perceval writes his cousin Anna. He begins on
Monday describing his activities. Heavy wind and rain as they
began their assault. Tuesday - The Russians fired more. The
fleet drew up and attracted their attention which helped us.
Describes and gives number of casualties. Had his pocketbook
stolen. Had ten pounds and two letters. One has the
introduction to Lord Roheby (?) and a seal. Continues to
Monday night, April 16 - a magazine blew up today, one man
killed and 12 wounded. Writes about wild flowers and
vegetables. Wild geese and quail are all about. The telegraph is
now laid all along the Black Sea and nearly completed to
Vienna. The railroad is also completed within a mile and a half
of our camp. (3) April 22, 1855 - Camp before Sevastopol. Mr.
Perceval writes Milware (?) that they have ceased firing and
have gone back to the old thing, having lost officers. Describes
the flowers, birds and lizards.
||(1) May 21, 1855 - Camp before Sevastopol. Mr. Perceval
writes his Papa the Major Norton (?) died this morning of
cholera. He is not surprised because of the heat and smell
caused by the drainage. The quarter master is at fault. Have had
several cases. Describes the war situation and casualties.
Continues to June 3, 1855 - Just learned that the Russians
attacked Ketsch (?) in great force. There is a report that we have
been beaten at Anapa (?) and have taken Arabat(?). (2 copies of
letter in file.)
||(1) June 7, 1855 - Camp before Sevastopol. Mr. Perceval writes
his cousin that they attacked Sevastopol, the intention was for
their men to take the quarries and advanced works and for the
French to take the Mamelon and in the morning to take Redan.
Describes the fighting of French with the Russian. (2) June 8,
1855 - The French are happy to say they still hold Mamelon.
Names four officers who were killed: Major Bayley, Captain
Corbet, Captain Wray and Lt. Webb, and Lt. Keusey (?)
wounded. Captain Maynard wounded. June 8, 1855 - Camp
before Sevastopol. Mr. Perceval writes his mama that the
French had taken Mamelon. Describes the battles just fought
and the men who were killed. (3) June 15, 1855 - Camp before
Sevastopol. Letter to his papa, describing the situation with a
drawing showing how they advanced. Deserters come in daily
saying they have given up hopes of keeping the place. They
send 5000 men to the Redan every night, but we are gradually
gaining the Redan. June 18 - More about personal activities. (4)
June 22, 1855 - Camp before Sevastopol. Letter to Papa.
Reports Bradley money received. Feels they will have to spend
the winter here as the attack failed because the Russians made an
unexpected attack. (5) June 29, 1855 - Camp before Sevastopol.
Dear Mama, got your letter this morning. Lord Raglan (?) died
last night from dysentery. Leui Simpson is now chief in
command, but not movements. Will make another attack upon
the Malakoff. General Brown is away for his health and General
Codnington (?) is away aboard ship for his health. Lord Bohaly
(?) is suffering dysentery. Describes battle.
||(1) July 6, 1855 - Camp before Sevastopol. Dear Mama, thanks
for letters. Mentions food served. Dear Papa on back page.
Tells his papa that they are going to move up within 100 yards of
the Redan. Will send an account of the attack. Lord Raglan's
body was taken aboard ship Tuesday. Continues to July 9 - (on
back of letter) mentions casualties, describes a new gun batter.
We open fire tomorrow to punish the Russians for the number of
casualties. Found the new gun batter was of no use. Mentions a
spy who gave information to the Russians. Pellissier is liked by
the working portion of his officers, but not of the idle ones. He
is abusive and swears. Heavy rains have torn up part of the
railway. General Simpson is Leui, commanding in chief out
here at present. (2) July 20, 1855 - Camp before Sevastopol.
Dear Father, thanks for your letter. Mentions some of their ships
have been taking guns to Quapa (?) for the French. Kirkor is the
name of a town inhabited by the Karaite Jews when they lived 1100 years ago. The place selected by their ancestors from its
resemblances to Jerusalem bears the date A. D. 640. Writes
about a man who has invented a boat he can guide under water.
(3) July 23, 1855 - The Russians made a sortie upon the French
last night but have not heard the results. A week ago they made
a sortie but the French returned and took many prisoners and
guns. A rifle was taken and I bought it from a Frenchman.
Mentions the man who made the boat which can be propelled
under water. Related the narrow escapes he had.
||(1) August 4, 1855 - Camp before Sevastopol. Dear Mama,
thanks for your letters. Went to the Dickerman (?) Theatre
where the Zouane (?) act. Mentions food which he has. (2)
August 12, 1855 - Camp before Sevastopol. Dear Jane. Thanks
for your letter. The French talk about taking the Malakoff in
about a fortnight. A sortie by the Russians some nights ago.
Asks for useful books to read, also some drawing paper. A boat
full of Russians deserted to out fleet, having thrown their
officers overboard. (3) August 16, 1855 - Camp before
Sevastopol. Dear Cousin, the Russians in number of 60,000
made an attack upon the bridge over the Tchernida (?). Our
usual force is about 30,000. Reinforcements were sent down by
the French. The battle still rages. Describes the battle and
casualties. (4) August 16, 1855 - Camp before Sevastopol. Dear
Father, the Russians tried to force the passage of the Tcherndia
(?). We are to be ready at a moments notice. Describes the
action. (5) August 31, 1855 - Camp before Sevastopol. A
magazine of the French blew up Wednesday night and killed 25
men, wounding 130. A sortie occurred last night, driving the
Russians back. We lost one officer and some men. (6) August
31, 1855 - Dear Cousin, there was a sortie last night in which an
officer of 97th was killed, and another wounded. The Russians
succeeded in destroying part of our 6th parallel, which is being
advanced from the old line of Russian works. Writes that the
newspaper reporters told the Russians about the trapper (?).
Captain Keppel of the naval brigade was in a great range when
he found it in the papers. Mentions relationship between the
French and them.
||(1) September 7, 1855 - Camp before Sevastopol. Dear Uncle,
tomorrow the French attack Malakoff with 40,000 men, and a
reserve of 20,000. The 2nd Brigade of the 2nd division attack
the Redan. Discusses the plans and results, lists casualties. (2)
September 11, 1855 - Sevastopol. Dear Mother, reports he is
safe. Lockhart was killed. (3) September 13, 1855 - Sevastopol.
Dear Cousin, you are anxious to know about the 8th. Relates the
plan and results of the attack by the French. (4) September 14,
1855 - Sevastopol. Dear Father, sends a rough plan about the
coming battle. Describes the taking of the Russians by surprise.
There are no ships or steamers left in the harbor.
||(1) October 5, 1855 - Sevastopol. Dear Cousin, reports the
French have won and you may expect to hear we have sent away
3,000 men. Believe they have gone to Kinburn at the mouth of
the Snewster (?), a low spit of land. We are to occupy that but
don't know when. (2) October 8, 1855 - Camp Sevastopol. Dear
Mama, our division is not likely to move. Gives report on what
will be expected soon. Relates a mix up on signals. (3) October
15, 1855 - Sevastopol. Dear Cousin, thanks for paper, stamps.
Reports he was among the number at the Redan. We have just
had news from Berlin to say that we are to be attacked again at
Inkerman. Gives more detailed information about the signal
mistake. (4) October 19, 1855 - Sevastopol. Dear Father, writes
about a man from London selling things. Bought some things
and gave him a check. Asks him to pay for it. Gives little
information about the Russians. (5) October 31, 1855 - Dear
Mama, thanks for last letter. Mail has been irregular. Plans to
sketch in Baidar Valley. (6) October 31, 1855 - This letter
concerns indignation over the insinuation that he was a coward.
Gives descriptions of his part in dangerous situations. He has
been busy making panoramas of the country. Includes envelope
addressed to Jane Perceval.
||(1) November 9, 1855 - Sevastopol. Dear Aunt, thanks for the
letters. Reports that the Russians intend to keep the North side.
Explains the situation that the Russians now occupy and what
the French will do. There have been several skirmishes. (2)
November 16, 1855 - Dear Anna, tells about the fearful
explosion. Gives details and action of those around, and the
situation for coming attack.
||(1) December 12, 1855 - Dear Cousin, the telegraph told you of
the success at Kars inspired by Pasha. Fine weather has helped,
also helped the Russians. Mentions some entertainments for the
men. (2) December 15, 1855 - Dear Father, this letter contains
personal and family concerns.
||(1) January 13, 1856 - Dear Mama, asks for some things which
he left in boxes. (2) January 28, 1856 - Dear Cousin, reports that
peace is now being talked about. Mentions a row between the
officers of our cavalry and some French officers.
||(1) February 9, 1856 - Dear Anna, writes about peace and that he
does not want it because he thinks they have lost their prestige.
France is satisfied, we are not. Russia would interrupt any
preparations for the next campaign and also create a difference
between us and the French. Discusses the situation and prospect
for peace. (2) February 17, 1856- Dear Mama, we were to have
a review of the whole army this morning but snow prevented it.
The Russians were to attack.
||(1) March 20, 1856 - Dear Anna, reports that since the 3rd of
March there has been a cessation of hostilities, but they would
not agree to our terms. (2) March 29, 1856 - Dear Anna, reports
the French are very badly off. Have lost many men. Describes
some regimental races, had fun. Writes about the first Spring
meeting of some 70,000 men of different nations. (3) March 30,
1856 - Dear Mama, writes about food sent and sharing with
others. Mentions the meeting of the 70,000 men again. Also
that armistice was signed a few days later.
||(1) April 20 (?), 1856 - Dear Mama, reports that the Russians
will come into our camp and we will go into theirs, but no word
when we go home. (2) April 20 (?), 1856 - Dear Anna,
describes a meeting of some of our men who were hunting near
a French Battery when they were attacked by the French. A fight
resulted in men being wounded and killed.
||(1) May 26, 1856 - Dear "Bella," reports the present situation
very quiet. No news yet as to when they will leave. (Two
copies of letter in file.)
||Most letters not dated. (1) Wednesday, - Dear Anna, most of this letter is
family or personal. Unable to read much. The letter is divided.
The first directed to Anna. The second part is to his father. (2)
This letter consists of two and a half pages with no beginning
and no ending. The first page concerns a Monsieur Francaise,
his dogs, comforts, guns, and servants, etc. (3) This letter is
about taking an immense quantity of guns and food. There is no
doubt that we took the Russians by surprise. Letter received June 13, 1856. (4) October 19, 20 and 23, 1856 (written on pages 22 and 23) - Dear
Anna, this is a 24 page letter describing very poetically the
scenes around him. Also sketches of the water, sailing ships,
birds and other scenes. (5) No date - A very detailed account of
the attack of the Redan. Very difficult to read. (6) No date -
Dear Mama, reports a sortie on the French last night and some
personal comments. (7) No date - Dear Anna, mentions having
read about charcoal and its economical application, he had
conversation with Dr. Southerland (?) about its utility. Reports
and expedition consisting of French, English and Turks under
General Brown (?). Landing at Kertch (?) obtaining grain and
guns. Many wounded Russians. (8) No date - This last letter
seems to repeat the above letter. One page is overwritten by