FIELD MARSHAL COLIN CAMPBELL Autograph Letter.
British (Scottish) soldier. Leader of the Highland Brigade in the Crimean War and in command of the 'Thin Red Line' at the Battle of Balaclava. From 1858 known as Lord Clyde.
AL. 1p and integral blank leaf. No place. April 11th 1863. To Mr and Mrs Forster.
"Lord Clyde presents his compliments to Mr and Mrs Forster and will do himself the honour of waiting on them at dinner on Thursday, the 23rd instant at quarter after 7 o'clock."
8vo. Approx 7 x 4.5 inches. Mounting residue to edges of verso of integral blank leaf, else fine.
Colin Campbell was one of the most popular and celebrated military commanders of the 19th century and regarded by Government, press and public as "a safe pair of hands". He achieved everlasting fame as the valiant commander of the 'Thin Red Line' of highlanders in the Battle of Balaclava and went on to become Commander in Chief of the army in India, where he recaptured Lucknow in the Indian Mutiny of 1857. He also served with distinction in the Opium War and the Anglo-Sikh War (in which he fought at the Battle of Chillianwala. Mr and Mrs Forster are probably Thomas Bowes Forster (1802-1870) and his wife Sarah. Thomas Forster was a colonel in the Madras Army and had been on the staff with Colin Campbell at Lucknow. Sarah Forster was the daughter of Sir Peregrine Maitland who had preceded Colin Campbell as Governor of Nova Scotia in 1834 and had been Commander in Chief of the Madras Army in 1836.
From a 19th century album compiled by a daughter of Thomas Shapter, the Exeter surgeon and pioneer epidemiologist.