Cardigan, James Thomas Brudenell, 7th earl of
Cardigan, James Thomas Brudenell,
1797–1868, British general. In the Crimean War he led the disastrous cavalry charge at
(1854) that Tennyson immortalized in
The Charge of the Light Brigade.
The charge was made on a misunderstood order, and the brigade was destroyed. Quarrels with his officers showed him a vain and contentious man. The cardigan sweater was named for him.
See biography by P. Compton (1972).
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