How Far Do the Sources Suggest That Captain Nolan Was to Blame for the Disastrous Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava? Essay

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How far do the sources suggest that Captain Nolan was to blame for the disastrous charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava? Although Captain Nolan can be seen as one of the main parties to blame in the disastrous charge of the Light Brigade, he was not the commanding officer so his judgement and orders were not supreme, he was merely delivering the orders that Lord Raglan had conveyed through is scribe. This suggests that the blame may not just involve Captain Nolan. As for the evidence that supports the claim that Captain Nolan was to blame for the charge of the Light Brigade, Source A says that he didn’t follow his orders completely and that states that he had an ‘excess of enthusiasm’. This excess of ‘enthusiasm’ could be seen as the weakness that led to him misdirecting the cavalry into a frontal assault, to which they were defeated, emphatically. Source B also claims that Nolan was an ‘eager spirit’ which agrees with Source A as it is something that could have influenced his judgement in a detrimental way. As for Source C, it says that Nolan was ‘critical’ of the cavalry and its commanders, which is why he was ‘ill-suited’ to deliver Lord Raglan’s order as his opinion of the Brigade may have clouded his judgement. As for the legitimacy of the sources, Source A Nolan’s obituary which has its strengths and weakness’ of how reliable it is. It is guaranteed to be supportive of Nolan and the decisions he made. However, it is also slightly critical in saying that he was too enthusiastic which, could be interpreted as a compliment, as it shows that his love for his job is the reason he had an ‘excess of enthusiasm’. This shows that it is legitimate as it seems to have a fair opinion of what type of man Nolan was and how he was portrayed. Source B, an extract of a letter written by a father of one of the survivors of the Charge of the Light Brigade, seems to be more
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