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Roger Fenton's photographs of the Crimea, 1855

Roger Fenton (1819-69)

The Tombs of the Generals, on Cathcart's Hill 1855

Albumen print | 24.9 x 34.7 cm (image) | RCIN 2500510

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Photograph of the graves of Brigadier-General Strangways, Brigadier-General Goldie and General Cathcart on Cathcart's Hill. The graves are arranged in a group and have small engraved headstones. A soldier stands to the right holding a long stick. There is a flagpole on the ridge behind him to the right. Cathcart's Hill, named after the grave of General Cathcart, was the main cemetery for British soldiers killed during the Crimean War. It was also used as an observation point as from it commanders could view the progress of the Siege of Sevastopol.