RAGLAN, Fitzroy Somerset, Lord. 19346



Autograph Letter Signed ‘Raglan’, to Colonel Simmons [later Field Marshal Sir John Lintorn Arabin Simmons], about dispatching sick Turkish soldiers to the Bosphorus, and supporting Captain Geil’s application to be employed by Omar Pasha. 1 page 9 x 7 inches, very fine, integral blank leaf docketed on receipt. Before Sebastopol, 21 March 1855. “We have sent off nearly 500 Turkish sick in two English steamers and if any survive they will proceed to the Bosphorus in two Turkish ships now off Balaklava.” Written by Lord Raglan (1788-1855), commander in chief of the army in the Crimea, after the Battles of Balaclava and Inkerman, during the very severe winter of 1854/55. Field Marshal Sir John Lintorn Arabin Simmons (1821 –1903) was serving as British Commissioner with the Turkish Army providing advice to General Omar Pasha during the Crimean War. He assisted the Turks at the defence of Silistra and then led them at the Battle of Giurgevo before landing with them at the Battle of Eupatoria and remaining with them for the Siege of Sevastopol.