General Gordon standing on the stairs of his house about to be speared by dervishes

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General Gordon standing on the stairs of his house about to be speared by dervishes. Etching by H Dicksee after G W Joy. In 1884 General Charles G Gordon was sent to Karthoum to evacuate the Egyptian garrison. He attempted to defeat the Mahdi, but in 1885 the Mahdi captured Karthoum and massacred General Gordon and the garrison. The dervishes (followers of the Mahdi) took control of all Sudan except for the Red Sea fortresses. Created 1897. Charles George Gordon (1833–1885). Contributors: George William Joy (1844–1925); Herbert Thomas Dicksee (1862–1942). Work ID: eypu2kap.

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