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Commission signed by the Lord Lieutenant of the County q/° Middlesex.
1st or Royal East Middlesex Regiment of Militia.
Robert James Blyth, Gent., to be Ensign, vice Barton, resigned. Dated 19th January, 1859.
COURT OF EXCHEQUER.
Hilary Term, 22nd Victoria. Wednesday the 26th day of January, 1859.
This Court will hold sittings on Tuesday the 8th, Wednesday the 9th, Thursday the 10th, Friday the 11th, Saturday the 12th, and Monday the 14th days of February next, and will at such sittings proceed in disposing of the business then pending in the paper of new trials and in the special paper, and will also hold a sitting on Thursday the 24th day of February next, and will on the said 24th day of February next proceed in giving judgment in all matters then standing for judgment.
LONDON GAZETTE of JANUARY 28, 1859.
India Office, January 24, 1859.
THE following papers have been received by the Secretary of State for India in Council.
GENERAL ORDER BY THE GOVERNORGENERAL OF INDIA.
Military Department, Allahabad, September 25, 1858.
No. 420 of 1858.
THE Right Honourable the Governor-General is pleased to direct the publication of the following despatch, from the Officer commanding Saugor Field Division, No. 330, dated 9th September, 1858, submitting the Report of Brigadier MacDuff, commanding 2nd Infantry Brigade, of an action fought with the rebels posted in the village of Sahao, on the 5th September last.
R. J. H. BIRCH, Major-General, Secretary to the Government of India, Military Department, with the Governor-General.
Major-General Whitloch to Major-General Sir W. R. Mansfield, K.C.B., Chief of the Staff, Allahabad.
Camp Syrenugger,' September 9, 1858.
Sir, No. 330.
I FEEL much gratification in forwarding the accompanying Report, from Brigadier Mac Duff, commanding the 2nd Infantry Brigade, Saugor Field Division, of an action fought with the rebels posted in the village of Sahao, and their complete defeat, with great loss, and which I have the honour to beg may be submitted to his Excellency the Commander-in-Chief.
Brigadier MacDuff has brought to my notice the Officers noted in the margin,' with a request I would recommend them to the favourable notice of his Excellency. I do so with great satisfaction, trusting the Commander-in-Chief will be pleased to extend to thera his most favourable consideration. I have, &c,
G. C. WHITLOCK, Major-General,
. No. 3.
Brigadier MacDuff to the Acting Assistant-Adjutant-General, Saugor Field Division, Camp Banda.
Camp near Rajpoorah, Sir, September 5, 1858.
I HAVE the honour to report, for the information of Major-General Whitlock, commanding
• Lieutenant-Colonel Primrose, H.<M.'s 43rd Regiment Light Infantry; Captain Dovehill, Brigade-Major; Captain Ommaney, Royal Artillery; Snrgeon Barclay, H. M.'j 43rd Regiment Light Infantry; Major Davis, commanding Cavalry; Captain Ternan, Deputy Commissioner; Lieutenant Dick, Seikh Horse; Ritaaldar, Min Hoisain Alt, 8th Irregular Cavalry.
Saugor Field Division, as follows. Having received reliable information that the rebels, who have lately been plundering this district, up to the neighbourhood of even Calpie, were under different rebel leaders, to the number of 500 mutineer sepoys, and about 3,000 matchlock-men, strongly posted in village Sahao, four miles north of Jaloun, I this morning moved with the force, as per margin,' to attack them. On nearing the village of Sahao, the rebels, sounding the assembly, appeared in great strength on a tising ground, crowned by the ruins of an old fort.
Their right was protected by houses and walled gardens, their left by the village of Sahao itself.
From the centre of their position, they opened their guns at a distance of 500 yards, and appeared determined to dispute fiercely the ground they held.
My little force was immediately formed up, the guns in the centre under Captain Ommaney, Royal Artillery; Her Majesty's 43rd Light Infantry on the right of the guns, under Lieutenant-Colonel Primrose; a party of Metges' Seikh Horse, under Lieutenant Dick, took ground well to the right, to act as opportunity offered; the remainder of Metges' Seikh Horse, under Major Davis, took ground to the extreme left, with orders to sweep round the right of the enemy, and cut off their retreat; a party of 8th Irregular Cavalry, under Rissaldar Min Hossain Ali, remained in support of the gun.
The enemy's fire from centre was immediately answered by our four guns, the fire from which
* Staff, 2 officers; Royal Artillery, 3 officers, 89 men, 4 guns; 8th Irregular Cavalry, 51 men; Metges' Seikh Horse, 2 officers, 169 men; Jhaasi Mounted Police, S officers, 58 men i H. M.'s. 43rd L. L, 13 officers, 235 men; Jhansi Military Foot Police, 2 officers, 354 men.—Total, 24 officers, 956 men, 4 guns.
was excellent, and soon made the enemy abandon, with the loss of a gun, the strong ground he had so well chosen.
The rebel sepoys of the right wing retired with remarkable steadiness, and in close order; but the left wing retired in great disorder, and in that state were charged in flank by Lieutenant Dick, who, under my own eyes, cut up a great number; here this excellent young officer was severely wounded by a sabre cut, but notwithstanding he again charged the Mutineers repeatedly, sustaining, 1 regret to say, two more severe wounds.
I beg leave to bring the dashing soldier-like conduct of this Officer to the favourable notice of His Excellency the Commander-in-Chief.
My whole line then advanced, the Cavalry charging the rebels repeatedly on both flanks, the guns being well to the front, supported by Her Majesty's 42nd.
The rebels, now closely pressed, took up a second position on a ridge, but upon our guns again opening with great precision, they again retreated, taking advantage of any cover the ground offered, and defending themselves stoutly in buildings, gardens, &c , on the outskirts of the different villages.
Major Davis continued the pursuit for about six miles; that officer's report is attached.
Some mutineers having taken post in village Rajpoorah, Lieutenant-Colonel Primrose entered the village with his gallant corps, and destroyed the whole of the rebels concealed there.
The country, from three days' incessant heavy rain, had become nearly impassable for artillery, and that arm deserves great credit for the rapidity with which it advanced; also the infantry which had to march through ploughed fields the day before entirely under water.