September 9 - 1855 - The Siege of Sevastopol Ends
The Siege of Sevastopol would stand as the centerpiece of the Crimean War, which meant that it would stand large in Victorian memory for the courage, bravery, and valor of the soldiers. The reasoning behind the conflict and the miltary strategy was never so honored. Sevastopol was targeted because it was the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. Sevastopol was also extremely well fortified, so it took a year of constant bombardment to soften up Russian defenses and end the siege. And then it only ended because the Russians decided to back out of their positions. With the end of the Siege of Sevastopol, Russian defeat was inevitable, and the vast outcomes of the Crimean War were a direct result of the Russian withdrawal.