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Pat Purcell Papers
Carlow - Bite the Bullet 1855

Source:  Mr Michael Purcell

Bite the Bullet 1855.

To The Editor of Carlow Sentinel and The Carlow Nationalist.

Ballin Temple, Carlow, 17th November 1855.


In the concluding paragraph of your leading article on me in the Nationalist of the 14th, you imply that I avoided the Russian bullets in Crimea.

For your information and that of your readers, allow me to say that on the night of September 7th 1855, I was in command of a detachment on fatigue duty, carrying shot and shell to the various batteries engaged in the bombardment of Sebastopol.

Men of my party were both killed and wounded.

In the action before Sepastopol, September 8th, I carried the Queen's Colours of the 56th Regiment, and we did not try to avoid the bullets.

Yours truly, (signed) THOMAS P. BUTLER.

Document provided by kind permission of Michael Purcell - April 2013


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