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By Anne de Courcy

From the past due nineteenth century, whilst the Raj used to be at its peak, a lot of Britain's most sensible and brightest younger males went out to India to paintings as directors, squaddies and businessmen. With the appearance of steam shuttle and the hole of the Suez Canal, numerous younger women, anguish on the loss of eligible males in Britain, of their wake. They have been referred to as the Fishing Fleet, and this publication is their tale.

For those younger women, usually clear of domestic for the 1st time, something they can ensure of used to be a rollicking sturdy time. via the early 20th century, a busy social scene was once in position, with dance events, picnics, tennis tournaments and maybe a tiger shoot and glittering dinner at a raja's palace thrown in. And, with males outnumbering ladies through approximately 4 to 1, romances have been carried out at alarming velocity and marriages have been widespread. yet after the honeymoon existence usually replaced dramatically: whisked off to distant outposts, they discovered it a miles cry from the social whirlwind in their first arrival.

Anne de Courcy's glowing narrative is enriched by means of a wealth of first-hand resources which convey this forgotten period vividly to lifestyles.

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It would not allow the Native Guards into its army. 34 Canvas four-man tent Mattross, a wood piece used to move a carriage tail Main camp Rammer PROUD BLACK CANNONEERS Not long before posing with their cannon, these black artillerymen were slaves. They were among thousands of escaped slaves who were organized into army regiments late in the war. Many of them could neither read nor write. Because of this, they were trained by white troopers or officers, who read aloud to them from military manuals and then drilled them repeatedly.

It was used as a model for a drum that is seen in a famous painting of the fight by artist Peter Rothermel. Drummers were often young boys who went into combat. They beat out signals on the drum that directed the troops to move one way or another. LITTLE ROUND TOP This hill gave soldiers a view of most of the Gettysburg battlefield. Both armies knew they needed to seize it if they wanted to win the fight. Georgia and Alabama troops charged it several times and were defeated by men of the 20th Maine Regiment.

It died when Union troops occupied its capital city, Richmond, Virginia, in the spring of 1865. During those years, the people of this rebel nation tried to set up the institutions that citizens of more mature countries enjoyed. They chose a president and a vice president, elected members to a House of Representatives and a Senate, set up a Supreme Court, and appointed representatives to foreign governments. They also printed their own currency, raised a national flag, took the song “Dixie” as their national anthem, and adopted a constitution identical to the United States’s document — except that the Confederate constitution contained an amendment guaranteeing the existence of slavery.

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