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Using Sources 4, 5 and 6 and your own knowledge Do you agree with the view that, as a result of the Crimean War, Lord Cardigan became a national hero

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Using Sources 4, 5 and 6 and your own knowledge Do you agree with the view that, as a result of the Crimean War, Lord Cardigan ?became a national hero? It is clear from the sources that Lord Cardigan?s status did change some what as a result of the Crimean War however the three sources given provide different feelings and perspectives on whether he actually in fact became a national hero. The most contempory source by Captain Seagar is a snide towards Cardigan and there almost seems pleasurable that he has left the front, however the two modern sources from recent History books believe that he was a ?national hero? through his successes on the battlefield however it was the personal issues which led to the public no believing in him instead his performance in the Crimea. ...read more.

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However Massic and Dutton who are both recent historians infer differently that in fact due to his strategic excellence that in result of the Battle of Balaklava he did become a national hero, and with this heroism he was given a sword of honour in August 1856 and promoted to Colonel in 1859. Dutton states that he was a ?most gallant officer and displayed a keen enthusiasm for the duties and responsibilities of his brigade, of which characteristics seem furthermore plausible for someone named as a ?national hero?. However Captain Seager believes that this brand of a ?national hero? was not deserved however does not believe that he was a total failure as he strategically planned most of Balaklava. ...read more.

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What can be concluded through my own knowledge and the three sources given is that Lord Cardigan was certainly not liable for the status of a ?national hero? due to military disasters and the attitude of them of who he commanded. Even though both modern sources agree that he seemed deserved of that status, one who served him believes different and his military performance supports Captain Seagar in that he was not fit for the job and made murderous decisions such as to send 300 men into the valley of death. It seems that Lord Cardigan made his way to fame by buying his way up and being born to noble birth instead of a competent and experienced military commander that his exterior seemed to be. ...read more.

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