The Mutiny of the Bengal Army: An Historical Narrative

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Bosworth and Harrison, 1858 - Bengal (India) - 215 pages

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Page 201 - The insurgents opened upon these advanced parties with heavy guns. 1 ordered two more companies of the 60th to support their advance, and brought up four guns of Major Scott's battery, the Sappers, and a troop of Carabineers to their support, leaving two guns and a troop of Carabineers to protect the camp. The first few rounds from the insurgents...
Page 200 - Regiment Native Infantry march on the 22nd. One squadron 9th Lancers and four guns will march on the 24th or 25th. The above will all be at Kurnaul on the 28th. The 2nd Europeans, 3rd troop 3rd brigade Horse Artillery, will probably follow on the 26th. The whole will be at Kurnaul on the 30th. I propose then to advance with the column towards Delhi on the 1st, and be opposite to Bhagput on the 5th. At this last place, I should wish to be joined by the force from Meerut.
Page 47 - Stewart, with the lighted matches in their hands, and with orders that, if any attempt was made to force that gate, both guns were to be fired at once, and they were to fall back on that part of the magazine in which Lieutenant Willoughby and I were posted. The principal gate of the magazine was similarly defended by two guns, with the chevaux-de-frise laid down on the inside.
Page 137 - unusual courage, went up, and, laying himself down under the burning waggon, pulled away from it what loose splinters, &c. he could get hold of, all the while throwing earth upon the flames. He was soon joined by two soldiers, who brought with them a couple of buckets of water, which were very dexterously thrown about by the Lieutenant, and while the buckets were taken to be replenished from the drinking water of the men close by, the process of pitching earth was carried on amid a fearful cannonading...
Page 105 - The truth is, the peers were in a fright. 'Twas a pity; there is scarcely a less dignified entity than a patrician in a panic.
Page 105 - Those highest in office were the first to give the alarm. There were Secretaries to Government running over to Members of Council, loading their pistols, barricading the doors, sleeping on sofas ; Members of Council abandoning their houses with their families, and taking refuge on board ship : crowds of lesser celebrities, impelled by these examples, having hastily collected their valuables, were rushing to the Fort, only too happy to be permitted to sleep under the Fort guns.
Page 134 - I have seen the dead bodies of officers and tenderlybrought up young ladies of rank (colonels' and captains' daughters), put outside in the veranda in the rain, to await the time when the fatigue party usually went round to carry the dead to the well, as above, for there was scarcely room to shelter the living ; the buildings were so sadly riddled that every safe corner available •was considered a great object.
Page 47 - Delhi side of the bridge was already in the possession of a body of cavalry. On Sir Theophilus Metcalfe observing this, he proceeded with Lieutenant Willoughby to see if the city gate was closed against the mutineers. However, this step was needless, as the mutineers were admitted directly to the palace, through which they passed cheering. On Lieutenant Willoughby's return to the magazine...
Page 151 - ... native troops, armed and trained by our own officers. Perhaps in no action that ever was fought was the superior power of arrangement, moral force, personal daring, and physical strength of the European over the Asiatic, more apparent. The rebels fought well ; many of them did not flinch from a...
Page 116 - He trembled and held his tongue. The elephant came up, he was put on his back, the rope adjusted, the elephant moved, and he was left dangling. I then had the others up and off in the same way. And after some time, when I dismissed the men of the regiment to their lines, and still found my head on my shoulders, I really could scarcely believe it.

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