The War in India: Despatches of Visct. Hardinge, Lord Gough, Sir Harry Smith, Bart., and Other Documents; Comprising the Engagements of Moodkee, Ferozeshah, Aliwal and Sobraon

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John Olivier, 1846 - India - 193 pages

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Page 139 - My answer to all and every man was, that we must fight it out, attack the enemy vigorously at daybreak, beat him, or die honourably in the field. The gallant old general, kindhearted and heroically brave, entirely coincided with me.
Page 144 - That this House doth highly approve and acknowledge the valour and patient perseverance displayed by the non-commissioned officers and private soldiers, both European and Native, employed in Afghanistan, and that the same be signified to them by the commanders of the several corps, who are desired to thank them for their gallant behaviour.
Page 75 - HM's 16th Lancers, and striving to head in the repeated charges. Our guns and gunners, officers and men, may be equalled, but cannot be excelled, by any artillery in the world. Throughout the day no hesitation — a bold and intrepid advance ; — and thus it is that our loss is comparatively small, though I deeply regret to say, severe. The enemy fought with much resolution ; they maintained frequent rencontres with our cavalry hand to hand. In one charge, upon infantry, of HM's 16th Lancers, they...
Page 8 - I have the honour to forward, for the information of his Excellency the Governor-General, a copy of a demi-official letter to his Excellency the Commander-in-chief, as affairs at Lahore assumed their present form.
Page 24 - Singh, the disorganized state of the Lahore Government has made it incumbent on the Governor-General in Council to adopt precautionary measures for the protection of the British frontier ; the nature of these measures, and the cause of their adoption, were at the time fully explained to the Lahore Durbar.
Page 70 - CB, and the other under Brigadier Stedman, The 1st Division as it stood, two brigades: — Her Majesty's 53rd and 30th Native Infantry, under Brigadier Wilson, of the latter corps; — the 36th Native Infantry, and Nusseree battalion, under Brigadier Godby; — and the Shekawattee brigade under Major Forster.
Page 29 - I immediately pushed forward the horse artillery and cavalry, directing the infantry, accompanied by the field batteries, to move forward in support. We had not proceeded beyond two miles, when we found the enemy in position.
Page 72 - Native Infantry equalled in celerity and regularity their comrades on the right; and this brigade was opposed to the 'Aieen' troops, called Avitabile's, when the fight was fiercely raging. The enemy, well driven back on his left and centre, endeavoured to hold his right to cover the passage of the river, and he strongly occupied the village of Bhoondree.
Page 37 - They threw themselves upon the guns, and with matchless gallantry wrested them from the enemy ; but when the batteries were partially within our grasp, our soldiery had to face such a fire of musketry from the Sikh infantry, arrayed behind their guns, that, in spite of the most heroic efforts, a portion only of the entrenchment could be carried. Night fell while the conflict was everywhere raging.
Page 38 - Majesty's 3d light dragoons charged and took some of the most formidable batteries, yet the enemy remained in possession of a considerable portion of the great quadrangle, whilst our troops, intermingled with theirs, kept possession of the remainder, and finally bivouacked upon it, exhausted by their gallant efforts, greatly reduced in numbers, and suffering extremely from thirst, yet animated by an indomitable spirit. In this state of things, the long night wore away. Near the middle of it, one...

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