Picture of The Charge of the Light Brigade, a battle commemorated in Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem of the same name
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"Theirs but to do and die"
On this day in 1854, one of the most famous battles of military history was fought at Balaclava, in the Crimea. Upon reading reports of the disaster in the Times five weeks later, Tennyson wrote "The Charge of the Light Brigade," composing the poem while raking leaves, he later said, and taking both the phrase and the idea that "someone had blundered" from the newspaper account.

 

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