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From the number of bodies seen on the field, I should estimate the loss of the enemy at between 200 and 300, and 21 rebels captured. Our loss, I um happy to say, was comparatively small. The defeat of this rebel body was most complete, and will have, I am sure, excellent effect in this part of the country.
I beg, in conclusion, to express my obligations to the following Officers, and to request that you will be pleased to recommend them to the favourable notice of his Excellency the Commander-inChief.
Lieutenant-Colonel Primrose, commanding Her Majesty's 43rd Light Infantry, who gave me every aid and assistance in his power.
Captain Dovehill, my Brigade Major, with whose zeal and attention to the duty of his department I am fully satisfied, more especially in carrying my orders in the field.
Captain Ommaney, Royal Artillery, for the rapid manner in which he brought his battery to the front, and the steadiness with which the guns were served.
Doctor Barclay, Senior Surgeon, in charge of the troops, whose attention to the wounded and sick deserves much praise.
Major Davis, commanding the Cavalry of the Field Force, for the able manner in which he conducted the pursuit of the enemy.
Captain Ternan, Deputy Commissioner, who kindly placed his services at my disposal, and acted as my Aide-de-Camp on the occasion, and who has given me much valuable assistance in procuring information relative to the positions occupied by the rebels.
Min Hossain Ali, an old and faithful soldier, maintained the high character he already enjoys.
I beg to enclose returns of casualties and captared ordnance.
I have. &c
Major W. Davis, Commanding Cavalry, 2nd Brigade, Saugor Divison, to Captain Dovehill, Major of Brigade, 2nd Brigade, Saugor Division.
Camp, Rajopoahr, September 5, 1858.
Sir, No. 18.
UNDER instructions received, I have the honour to report, for the information of Brigadier MacDuff, Commanding the Field Force, the operations of the cavalry placed under my command; strength as per margin.'
On arrival at the enemy's position this morning, at the village of Sahao, on the action commencing, agreeably to orders I took post on the left of the line, with half of the Seikh Horse, to cut off the enemy's retreat, Lieutenant Dick, with the remaining portion, taking post on the extreme right
On the enemy retiring from their position, I sent Lieutenant Mclnroy, 19th Regiment Madras Native Infantry, doing duty with the Seikh Horse, to the left, with the Civil Military Mounted Police, to turn the rebels back to the centre of our line; this duty was well performed, some of the enemy being cut up; it enabled me to charge them with great effect.
* 8th Irregular CaTalry of all ranks, 51 , Metges' Seikh Hone, 167; Jhaosi Mounted Military Police, 66.—Total,
I was well supported by Metges' Seikhs, who suffered severely in the hand-to-hand encounter which ensued.
Of Lieutenant Dick's operations on the right, it is unnecessary for me to speak, the Brigadier having personally witnessed his dauntless and glorious charge into a body of some 300 or 400 sepoys. I have only to regret his being severejy wounded in four places by sword cuts, not, however, before he had cut down some five men with his own hand.
I beg to mention the support and assistance received from Lieutenant Sawers, Commandant of the Humeerpore District Police. On Lieutenant Dick being wounded, he assumed command, and charged several bodies of the rebels with great success. His horse was shot and bayoneted under him.
On the advance of the cavalry, he and Lieutenant Mclnroy accompanied me in the pursuit, which was carried far beyond Gohun, and throughout we cut up the rebels in the most satisfactory manner. The old sepoys were easily distinguished by their keeping well and doggedly together, and of course were marked out accordingly. Our pursuit was brought to a close by our horses being fairly fagged out, and the rebels getting into entrenched gardens and topes, whence cavalry could not have dislodged them.
I believe at least 200 rebels have been killed on the field.
On our way back, we visited Gohun, a strong post, held an hour before by the rebels, but we found it deserted.
At the request of Lieutenant Dick, I have much pleasure in bringing to notice the gallant conduct of Native Doctor Huree Kishun, attached to the Seikh Cavalry, who received four severe wounds in the discharge of his duty, attending on Lieutenant Dick.
Also of Rissaldars Mena Sing and Rajah Pirthee Sing, of Kangra, and Naib Duffadar Dawa Sing, all of the Seikh Horse.
The annexed return of casualties will speak to the nature of the service rendered.
I have, &c,
W. DAVIS, Major, Commanding Cavalry, 2nd Brigade Saugor Division.
Return of Ordnance captured by the Field Force under the command of Brigadier MacDuff, in action on the 5th September, 18.38.
Camp near Rajpoorah,
September 5, 1858. One native 1-pounder brass gun. One ammunition-box, containing powder.
F. OMMANEY, Captain, Commanding No. 6 Field Battery, Royal Artillery.
RETURN of Casualties in the Cavalry attached to the 2nd Brigade Saugor Division, under command of Brigadier MacDuff, in the Action near Rajopoahr, on the oth September, 1858.
Camp, Rajopoahr, September 5, 1858.
Metges Seikh Horse—2 troop horses killed; 1 subaltern, 1 native doctor, 1 native officer, 1 havildar, 11 rank and file, 8 troop horses, wounded; 1 troop horse missing.
Jhansi Mounted Police—2 rank and file, 2 officers' horses, wounded.
Total—2 troop horses killed; 1 subaltern, 1 native doctor, 1 native officer, 1 havildar, 13 rank and file, 2 officers' horses, 8 troop horses, wounded; 1 troop horse missing.
W. DAVIS, Major, Commanding Cavalry, 2nd Brigade, Saugor Division.
GENERAL ORDER BY THE GOVERNORGENERAL OF INDIA.
Military Department. Allahabad, the 25lh September, 1858.
No. 421 of 1858. THE Right Honourable the Governor-General is pleased to direct the publication of the following despatch, from Brigadier-General Sir R. Napier, K.C.B., commanding Gwalior Division, reporting the operations of a force under his command against the fort of Powrie, on the 20th August, 1858.
R. J. H. BIRCH, Major-General,
Secretary to the Government of India,
Brigadier-General Napier, C.B., Commanding Gwalior Division, to the Chief of the Staff', Head Quarters, Allahabad.
Camp Powrie, 'iOth Angust, 1858.
Sir, No. 153 of 1858.
MY telegrams of the 21 st and 22nd, and my demi-official letter of the 20th will have put you