On this day in 1879 a small British garrison withstood the assaults of thousands of Zulu warriors during the battle of Rorke’s Drift. Ranking after only Waterloo, the Somme and D-Day in the popular British consciousness, the victory of the garrison has become a byword for determined last stands and survival against the odds. It also marked the single most Victoria Cross medals ever won by British soldiers in one day (11). Having said that, the British government inflated the battle’s significance in order to distract from the disaster of the battle of Isandlwana the day before, and strategically the survival of Rorke’s Drift was of little importance. 


From “Love and War” story two in the Book “ The Storyteller “by Sadae hayblum Love and War is a Victorian era civil war tale about Akiro an afluent Japanese man and Ariel a free black woman living in New Orleans. Click the link below to check out the ebook happy reading!



Despite being muddled and sick, today was a pretty productive day! Work is finally setting in and I’m trying to maintain my head start on all the work. I got a new blanket and it’s so fluffy and great to do notes on!

Completed my fact sheet on Robert Browning – pretty boring for a Victorian writer, but interesting to read about anyway! I also finished up my history notes on the Cold War.

On to note-taking for GP next!

I had just enough fabric to squeeze out this 1860’s style dress.

It’s up in my Etsy shop.

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On this day, 26 January, in 1885 the British commander of Khartoum, General Charles Gordon, was killed during an attack by troops of the Mahdi, following a 10 month siege. The failure to relieve Gordon lay heavily upon the Prime Minister, William Gladstone, so otherwise popular he served in the position four separate times. Following a telegram of rebuke from Queen Victoria, which found its way to the press, he resigned - his party ruined.

Gordon died on the steps of a stairway in the northwestern corner of the palace. His corpse was decapitated and his head later transfixed between the branches of a tree - at the command of Muhammad Ahmad, the self-proclaimed Mahdi. His body desecrated and thrown down a well, after the reconquest of the Sudan, in 1898, attempts were made to locate Gordon’s remains, but in vain.