Developing as a marine artist, he exhibited paintings mainly at the Royal Academy of Arts and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters being elected a member of the latter in Having had various addresses through the s, Overend is recorded in as living with his wife, Sofia, at a boarding house at 64 Guilford Street, Bloomsbury, and keeping a studio close by at 39a Queen Square.
The resulting painting proved a great success.
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George Alfred Henty 8 December — 16 November was a prolific English novelist and war correspondent. He is best known for his historical adventure stories that were popular in the late 19th century. Henty was born in Trumpington, near Cambridge. He was a sickly child who had to spend long periods in bed. During his frequent illnesses he became an avid reader and developed a wide range of interests which he carried into adulthood. He left the university early without completing his degree to volunteer for the Army Hospital Commissariat when the Crimean War began. He was sent to the Crimea and while there he witnessed the appalling conditions under which the British soldier had to fight.
His letters home were filled with vivid descriptions of what he saw. His father was impressed by his letters and sent them to The Morning Advertiser newspaper which printed them. This initial writing success was a factor in Henty's later decision to accept the offer to become a special correspondent, the early name for journalists now better known as war correspondents Convert currency. Add to Basket.
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The snow came down, men froze, and horses starved. The last lap of the almost two-month trek back to Vilnius, was the worst of all. The soldiers barely managed the crossing of the Berezina River - over two frail bridges - and there were perhaps as only as few as 50, half-stunned survivors of the Grand Army who, harried by Cossacks, tottered on through icy temperatures towards the town.
Man after man 'did a bear', tumbling with his haggard face downwards into a snow-filled ditch, never to rise again. Another Belgian officer, Francois Dumonceau, had to lead his horse over:. Some of these unfortunates certainly ended up in the mass grave discovered in And there are sure to be other graves, too, as yet undiscovered. Probably as many as a half of the starving survivors who had managed to reach Vilnius died once they got there.
They may have over-eaten, in their desperation to assuage their hunger, or drunk themselves silly.
Many had frost-bitten noses, toes or fingers, which turned gangrenous. Some died of exhaustion or cold almost on arrival. As for lodgings, 'the stronger drove out the weaker', so that many a soldier, especially those with no Moscow gold to pay with, froze to death on an inhospitable doorstep. Others again simply refused to go on, or were captured by the Cossacks - who had harried them throughout their retreat, and had starved the army to death by keeping it to one narrow highway.
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The prisoners were driven naked all the way back again into Russia. On entering one such monastery-hospital, General Sir Robert Wilson Britain's emissary to the Tsar , who had arrived in Vilnius with the Russians, saw thousands of bodies 'strewed [sic] about in every part In another account, Count Rochechouart, a French aristocrat in the Tsar's service, tells how he did his best to stop Russian soldiers flinging the 'yet living' out of upstairs windows to make room for their own wounded.
And yet another description comes from the German writer Ernst Moritz Arndt, who arrived in January to see the frozen corpses piled up three-storeys high, and to hear them 'rattling' in the streets as sleighs went about collecting them.
Some he saw 'flung into the Vilia river' to float down to the Niemen and out into the Baltic where, he said, 'they'll make a meagre diet for the fishes. He, however, simply panicked and fled, declaring 'I'm not going to be trapped in this piss-pot'. Eventually, at most some 20, soldiers - of the , who'd marched into Russia at midsummer - finally recrossed the Niemen into Poland.
They were meant to rejoin Napoleon, but he'd already gone ahead to Paris to give the news of the catastrophe, and to raise new armies. Men could easily be replaced, but not horses. Tens of thousands of soldiers had died in Russia, but it was because of his lack of cavalry that Napoleon was eventually defeated by Austria, Prussia, Sweden and Russia, in Successive occupiers - Russians, Prussians, Poles, Nazis, Soviets - have tried to stamp out Lithuanians' memories of their national history. And indeed many of today's Lithuanians, newly coopted into the EU, in fact know absolutely nothing about the horrific events at Vilnius in December The discovery of the mass grave has made Lithuanians aware of what happened, and hopefully this knowledge will help ensure that such things never occur again.
What's this button, made of an alloy of copper and tin, stamped '61'? It comes from a blue uniform jacket, almost certainly that of a Dutchman. For the 61st Line Regiment was made up largely of mostly unwilling conscripts from the Netherlands. This helmet plaque, with the remains of a tricolour cockade and an imperial eagle upon it, must be that of someone who fought at Borodino and got to Moscow - only to collapse and die in Vilnius.
And this sleeve-button, stamped with a '29'? A relic of some recruit in Loison's ill-fated reserve division, which in December was brought up in far sub-zero temperatures, and in summer clothing, to save anything that could be saved of the doomed wreckage of Napoleon's army. Unfortunately these young men died too, almost to a man. The Lithuanians have allowed some bones and teeth from the recovered bodies to be brought to the UK for lead isotope testing. The earliest water we drink as children leaves an indelible fingerprint in our teeth and bones, which means that isotope testing can tell Dr Mike Richards - the British pathologist involved in the analysis - what part of Europe the owner of a particular bone or tooth stemmed from, whether from the Po, the Elbe, or the Seine.
The tests have also helped determine the cause of death of some of the victims, as well as what illnesses they suffered from. None of them seem to have died in battle.
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