Charles George Gordon

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Gordon, Charles George


Born Jan. 28, 1833; died Jan. 26, 1885. English general and colonial administrator.

Gordon fought in the Crimean War of 1853–56. taking part in the siege of Sevastopol’ in 1855. In 1860 he participated in the French and British expedition (1856–60) in China. In 1863 and 1864 he commanded the counterrevolutionary army, the so-called Ever Victorious Army, which played the major role in the suppression of the Taiping Rebellion. In 1874 he became governor of the province of Equatoria in the Sudan. In the years 1877–79 and 1884–85 he was governor of all of Sudan. He participated in the effort to suppress the Mahdist rebellion and was killed when the Mahdi’s forces stormed Khartoum.

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With Gordon's opinions expressed, the press was quick to assert ownership of them: the January 12, 1884 issue of Vanity Fair, for example, argues that "the danger of the Mahdi is not, as we have always pointed out, and as Chinese Gordon now repeats, a military danger, but a danger of 'influence' which would spread--which is spreading--through the whole Egyptian population" (1).
An editorial in the paper asks "why not send Chinese Gordon with full powers to Khartoum, to assume absolute control of the territory, to treat with the Mahdi, to relieve the garrisons, and do what can be done to save what can be saved from the wreck in the Soudan?