Zulu War Exhibit on Display at Thomas Balch Library
|Leesburg, VA (October 4, 2021) – A new exhibit from local historian Wynne Saffer on the Zulu War is available for viewing at Thomas Balch Library.
Located on the southeast coast of Africa, Zululand bordered Natal, a British colony. In 1879, the British army invaded Zululand armed with rifles, cannons, and rockets of a modern army. The Zulus were a warrior nation using spears and shields. A Zulu army of 24,000 attacked a British column of 1,700 men at Isandlwana and over 1,300 British were killed.
Soon after, 3,000 Zulus attacked a British garrison of 150 soldiers at Rorke’s Drift. The garrison survived repeated assaults by the Zulus and eleven Victoria Crosses were awarded to the defenders at Rorke’s Drift. This exhibit includes toy soldiers, books, movies, and replicas of the Zulu War from Wynne Saffer’s collection.
The exhibit will be available to view during the month of October. Library hours are: