'Who Blew the Bugle? The Charge of the Light Brigade and the Legacy of the Crimean War'
Fri, October 18, 2013 • 2:45 PM - 4:30 PM • Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206
Lara Kriegel (Indiana University)
n 1964, a famous bugle came up for auction at Southeby’s in London. The instrument had once belonged to William Brittain, who allegedly sounded the infamous Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaklava in October, 1854. Its sale reopened a vitriolic and longstanding debate about the identity of the man who had initiated the Charge of the Light Brigade. Why did the question of who blew the Balaklava bugle carry such weight, particularly 110 years on? How can one explain the enduring resonance of the Charge?
Lara Kriegel is Associate Professor of History and English at Indiana University, Bloomington, where she also directs the Victorian Studies Program and serves as Associate Editor of the American Historical Review. She is the author of Grand Designs: Labor, Empire and the Museum in Victorian Culture. She is working on a book entitled War without Heroes: The Crimean Conflict and its Legacies.