Maull & Polyblank Major General William Fenwick Williams
Medium Albumen print
Mount on original mount
Photo Date 1856 Print Date 1856
Dimensions 8 x 5-3/4 in. (203 x 146 mm)
Photo Country United Kingdom (UK)
Photographer Country United Kingdom (UK)
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
Major Willams was a true hero. Williams was British commissioner with the Turkish army in Anatolia during the war, and, having been made a ferik (lieutenant-general) and a pasha, he practically commanded the Turks during the heroic defense of Kars, repulsing several Russian attacks and severely defeating the Russian general Muraviev in the battle of Kars on September 29, 1855. However frigid temperatures, cholera, famine, dwindling supplies and no hope of help, compelled Williams to surrender on November 28. For his efforts he was given a pension for life, a baronetcy, the grand cross of the Legion of Honor, and many other tributes. He was promoted from Colonel to Major General upon his return from Russian captivity. He later became a full general and commanded the Canadian armed forces, and was made governor of Nova Scotia and later Gibraltar. Nice tones on print.
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