CDV OF SIR WILLIAM H. RUSSELL, ENGLISH WAR CORRESPONDENT

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Seated studio view of Russell. Image is clear with very good contrast. Mount is clean and in good condition with period ink identification and photographer's imprint along bottom edge. Photographer's backmark, Longon Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, London, England.

Sir William Howard Russell, CVO (28 March 1820 – 11 February 1907) was an Irish reporter with The Times, and is considered to have been one of the first modern war correspondents. He spent 22 months covering the Crimean War, including the Siege of Sevastopol and the Charge of the Light Brigade. He later covered events during the Indian Rebellion of 1857, the American Civil War, the Austro-Prussian War, and the Franco-Prussian War.

Initially sent by the editor John Delane to Malta to cover British support for the Ottoman Empire against Russia in 1854, Russell despised the term "war correspondent" but his coverage of the conflict brought him international renown.

His dispatches were hugely significant; for the first time the public could read about the reality of warfare. Shocked and outraged, the public's backlash from his reports led the Government to re-evaluate the treatment of troops and led to Florence Nightingale's involvement in revolutionizing battlefield treatment.

In 1861 Russell went to Washington to report on the American Civil War and returned to England in 1863. In July 1865 he sailed on the Great Eastern to document the laying of the Atlantic Cable. He published diaries of his time in India, the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War.

He retired as a battlefield correspondent in 1882 and founded the Army and Navy Gazette. Russell was knighted in May 1895. He died in 1907 and is buried in Brompton Cemetery, London.

This image was from the collection of the late William A. Turner.  [jet]  [PH:L]

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