Monday, August 6, 2012
BRITISH OBSERVER Part I
"My story begins in England while serving as an officer in the 10th Hussars, I was called into my Commanders office and informed that I had been given an unusual assignment. I was to proceed to Richmond, CSA and act as a British observer on the Confederate side. My orders stated that I was not to get involved directly but to take note of how the war was progressing, observe tactics used and the effectiveness of weapons. I was to report my findings as often as I thought necessary and include anything, which I thought, would be beneficial to my country."
"I arrived in August 1861 after an interesting passage in a British frigate. Richmond was full of talk of the success of Manassas and soon I was invited to many parties, I think it was my accent that interested them, especially the ladies. Soon the parties were over and it was down to business I travelled far and wide over the next couple of months, observing minor skirmishes and filing my reports as requested."