Drummer Boy, Battle of Balaclava, 1854
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Musicians in battle: pictures of the brave and the bold
8. Drummer Boy, Battle of Balaclava, 1854
Painted in 1854 by Richard Buckner (1812-1883), this drummer boy saw action in the Crimean War’s Siege of Sevastopol, in which the British and French made efforts to capture the port and fortress at Russia's principal naval base on the Black Sea. It all culminated in the ill-fated Charge of the Light Brigade.