Raglan (of Raglan), FitzRoy James Henry Somerset, 1st Baron

born Sept. 30, 1788, Badminton, Gloucestershire, Eng.
died June 28, 1855, near Sevastopol, Crimea, Russia

English army officer.

He served as aide and, later, military secretary to the duke of Wellington. Appointed commander in chief of British forces in the Crimean War (1854), he gave an ambiguous order in the Battle of Balaklava that led to the disastrous charge of the Light Cavalry Brigade under the earl of Cardigan. Raglan became the scapegoat for the campaign's lack of progress and the inadequate supplies to the troops in the winter of 1854–55. His name was applied to the raglan sleeve, probably designed to adapt his coat to the arm he had amputated after the Battle of Waterloo.

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