A Narrative of the March and Operations of the Army of the Indus: In the Expedition to Affghanistan in the Years 1838-1839. Illustrated by a Map, Views of Candahar, Ghuznee, and Cabool, and Various Tables. Comprising Also the History of the Dooranee Empire from Its Foundation to the Present Time

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W.H. Allen and Company, 1841 - Afghan Wars - 538 pages
 

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Page 5 - The Governor-general deems it in this place necessary to revert to the siege of Herat, and the conduct of the Persian nation. The siege of that city has now been carried on by the Persian army for many months. The attack upon it was a most unjustifiable and cruel aggression, perpetrated and continued, notwithstanding the solemn and repeated remonstrances of the British...
Page 7 - Governor-General has been led to these measures, by the duty which is imposed upon him of providing for the security of the possessions of the British Crown...
Page 206 - A few minutes before 3 o'clock in the morning the ' explosion ' took place, and proved completely successful. Captain Peat of the Bombay Engineers was thrown down and stunned by it, but shortly after recovered his senses and feeling. On hearing the advance sounded by the...
Page 196 - Majesty's 13th Light Infantry, without their belts, and supported by a detachment of the same regiment, which extended to the right and left of the road, when they arrived at the ditch, taking advantage of what cover they could find, and endeavouring to keep down the fire from the ramparts, which became heavy on the approach of the party, though it had been remarkably slack during the previous operations. Blue lights were shown which rendered surrounding objects distinctly visible, but luckily they...
Page 20 - ... and to the officers and men who have served under his command, for the soldier-like spirit and conduct of all ranks throughout the late campaign ; and he again cordially congratulates them on the attainment of the great objects of national security and honour for which the expedition was undertaken. The plans of aggression by which the British empire in India was dangerously threatened, have, under Providence, been arrested. The chiefs of Cabool and Candahar, who had joined in hostile designs...
Page 7 - Sinde, and the integrity of Herat, in the possession of its present ruler, will be fully respected; while by the measures completed, or in progress, it may reasonably be hoped that the general freedom and security of commerce will be promoted ; that the name and just influence of the British Government will gain their proper footing among the nations of Central Asia ; that tranquillity will be established upon the most important frontier of India; and that a lasting barrier will be raised against...
Page 194 - enceinte" gave a good flanking fire, whilst the height of the citadel covered the interior from the commanding fire of the hills to the north, rendering it nugatory.
Page 21 - Scinde have acknowledged the supremacy of the British Government, and ranged themselves under its protection. Their country will now be an outwork of defence, and the navigation of the Indus within their dominions, exempt from all duties, has been opened to commercial enterprise. With the allied Government of the Sikhs, the closest harmony has been maintained ; and on the side of Herat, the British alliance has been courted, and a good understanding, with a view to common safety, has been established...
Page 164 - Shortly after we had marched, we met a chief (7) with a few followers, who had been in the fort of Ghuznee, and had left it during the night, with the intention of joining us. The route was nearly in a direct line all the way, except the last 3 or 4 miles, when it turned to the left, and then the fort of Ghuznee burst on our view. It looked formidable with its fortifications rising up, as it were, on the side of a hill, which seemed to form the back ground to it, towards the citadel. We observed...
Page 3 - Maharajah would not be slow to avenge this aggression ; and it was to be feared that the flames of war being once kindled in the very regions into which we were endeavouring to extend our commerce, the peaceful and beneficial purposes of the British government would be altogether frustrated.

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