One of the most sensational events of 1879 was the death, in Zululand, of Louis, the Prince Imperial of France, who was killed when a small survey party of which he was a part was ambushed by Zulus. A British infantry officer, Lieutenant J. B. Carey, was subsequently court-martialed and found guilty of "Misbeahaviour before the enemy" for not defending the Prince. The Prince was selected to seek out and survey a campsite for the 2nd Division as it advanced toward the Zulu capital of Ulindi. Lieutenant Carey, a descendent of the Brenton family of Newport, sought and received permission to accompany the Prince.
Snyder, Frank M.
"The Court-Martial of Lieutenant J. B. Carey,"
Newport History: Vol. 70:
244, Article 3.
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