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would be overcome and driven out of “ Now hold thee well together,
Thou proud and knightly band, India for ever.
For ne'er hast thou been threaten'd While occupying this village an With a danger more at hand."-UHLAND. occurrence so ludicrous, yet tragi- July 9.—We were sitting at breakcal, occurred, though not with a man fast when the alarm sounded ; the of our corps, that I insert it. In the
men turned out instantly. There intense heat a soldier of the 2d Fu
were only about two hundred men in siliers and a Goorkah sought the the tents, the remainder being on shade and protection of the wall of a picquet. Of these a hundred had house, a window of which looked into been told off for night picquet, and in the lane where they were seated. Not case of alarm during the day, were to long had they rested when, from the go to the posts to which they had open window, was seen to project the been told off. head of a Sepoy. Now all Hindoos On the alarm sounding, the men and have what ladies at home call “ back officers formed up immediately and hair,” and this is usually turned up doubled to their posts, as above arin a knot; by this the unlucky wretch ranged ; for at this time some of the was at once seized, and, before he carabineers were seen galloping in discould even think of resistance, his array; and loose horses, with saddles head was, at a stroke, severed from under their bellies, tearing through the body by the sharp curved knife camp, added to the confusion. The of the Goorkah. The soldier who party told off for the rear battery saw this was so astonished at the moved quickly in that direction, but whole thing, which looked so like an were much impeded by various orders absurd scene in a pantomine, that he given by different staff officers, such could not stir for laughing. It was Where are you running to ? on this day, too, I think, that Ser
“Come this way."
"*“Don't run from a geant Dunlavy, No. 8 company Ist handful of natives," -- which considerFusiliers, held his celebrated court- ably riled our men, who were only martial. He had captured a man, apt at running to the fighting point"; evidently a Sepoy, who had thrown however, on getting to the graveyard, away his arms. The Sergeant, there- the whistling of lead showed this fore, considered it unfair to take ad- point had been reached, and several vantage of an unarmed man, and at the sowars seen with drawn swords in same time could not think of permit- their hands riding down the banks of ting a mutineer to escape ; he there- the canal, seemed to indicate that the
; fore summoned some of his comrades, picquet of the 9th Irregulars were tried the man by military law, and driven in. as the judges were unanimous in sen- About a hundred of these men tencing the prisoner to be shot, the were collected behind the graveyard sentence was there and then carried wall, but as they did not fire, and by into effect.
waving their swords in a friendly July 2.- Bareilly mutineers march
manner, and calling out at the same ed into Delhi with band playing, tune time, Dont fire on friends,” they supposed to be the Rogue's march, were considered as such. Two seras being most appropriate. Turned geants were sent to them, and asked out at 11 P.M. to attack Delhi, by who they were, and were answered, blowing in the gates. No. 1 company, Brothers;" the men were therefore under Lieutenant Cairnes, ordered to ordered to double on to the rear form storming party, supported by picquet. All had passed the bridge Nos. 2 and 3: point of attack to have save about ten, who were in the act of been the Lahore gate. For some rea- doing so when the sowars advanced son unknown the troops never and fired on the party. The men on marched, and, I think, every one in the bridge were at once halted, and camp is now fully agreed that the directed to fire ; this at once checked abandonment of this measure was the advance of the sowars; a second most fortunate. On the 5th, General discharge sent them to the right about. Barnard died of cholera, succeeded by This prompt act of Lieutenant General Wilson.
Brown, líttle as it may seem, was of
the greatest consequence ; for had the or effect desired. We had three bridge been gained by the enemy's wounded in this affair. cavalry, not only would a clear and To show how little we were able open road have been secured for them, to distinguish between these horsebut our rear picquet, together with the men of the enemy and our own battery, would most probably have native sowars, I may briefly narrate
Ι fallen into their hands, as just at this a conversation I had with one of our critical time other columns of cavalry wounded. “ Well, Conolly, I see you could be distinguished at the edge of have got a bad cut, but I hope you the open plain, within a mile of the gave as good as you received." rear picquet, evidently there with sir, I am sorry I did not, for the the purpose
of supporting those who villain came up to me dressed like a were in our camp.
respectable native, and the first thing While this was going on in our rear, he did, without saying a word, was to a second detachment under Lieuten- cut me over the fingers, and before I ant Owen had moved rapidly in the could put my bayonet into him, he direction of the mound. Here it was gave me the other cut over the head quickly perceived how matters had and I fell.” I am glad to say Conolly gone, and Lieutenant Owen, seeing no overed, and no doubt will avoid artillery officer in the battery, at once too intimate relations with respecttook charge of the guns, the loading able natives in future. On this day, and firing of which he superintended, too, Corporal Moran had a little while men of the 1st, and Sikhs, birding” of a peculiar character. worked them, firing the 18-pounders The Corporal was our Provost-Maron the enemy till an artillery officer shal, and one of the 'cutest men in the came up.
corps. He was not at all satisfied While the detachments were thus with so many rogues escaping; and doing their duty nobly, the main being a “detective” by nature, after body of the regiment, under Major searching all about on the ground, Jacob, moved at once to the rear, began to look up in the trees, and where a considerable body of cavalry seeing a large pair of spurs, took a was seen among our light guns, and shot and brought down a remarkably within probably a hundred yards of fine sowar, whose nest was partithe tent where we had been break- cularly well-feathered, much to the fasting. These quickly edged off' as Corporal's satisfaction. we advanced, and were mistaken for the 9th Irregular Cavalry then in
“ The laurel chaplet when thou look'st on it, camp; in truth, there were good Speaks more of suffering than of prosperous state." grounds for the error, since sowars of the 9th were shot amongst these July 14.-A column was formed men! It was not for some time under Brigadier Showers, and directthat they were discovered to be the ed, acting on the right against the enemy; probably but for Lieutenant enemy, to drive them
back from the Brown's holding the bridge, all these Subzee Mundeh as far as our right miscreants would have escaped. This battery. The 1st led the column post, however, was now secured as under Major Jacob, two companies above narrated. It was, therefore, ne- skirmishing to the right of the road cessary to find another road to retreat leading to Delhi as by; this they were almost on, and entered it; and this order was obmost unfortunately it led through our served till the Subzee Mundeh picbazaar and the commissariat cattle. quet was reached, when two comWhen, therefore, our mistake in not panies were also thrown out to the treating them as enemies was dis- feft, and almost immediately the covered, they were still able to retire, enemy opened fire from the gardens, though in great precipitation, and houses, and walls in front, and from leaving some behind; yet from the light guns on the road. Our men extreme confusion in the bazaar and advanced steadily, the enemy retreatamong the cattle, it was impossible ing rapidly; just then Brigadierfor our men to fire with the accuracy General Chamberlaine came up, and
assuming command, directed the ad- “ John Company shows little sense vance, the whole of the 1st being In fighting Jack Sepoy at his own expense.” thrown out on the right skirmishing : A third, evidently a man of stern the advance now became most rapid, mind, and at the same time having in fact, a chase after a flying foe, for an eye to the good things of this life, our guns had opened on the enemy has thus recorded his opinion of Serdown the road. The 1st continued geant at the run for about a quarter of a Sergeant is suspected of mile, and then part of the men form- having put water in the grog; 'tis to ed up at a narrow bridge, so as to be hoped he'll not be guilty of such protect the guns from the enemy now unsoldierlike conduct in future." retiring from beneath our batteries 23d.-A column was sent, unon the left of the road, while Major der Brigadier Showers, in the hope Jacob advanced with the principal of surprising and capturing some of part of the regiment to the right. It the enemy's guns on the left. The was about this time Lieutenant and whole of the 1st formed part of this Adjutant Wemyss was struck by a force, and, marching down, deployed musket-ball on the side, but he con- off the road at a bridge to the right tinued to perform his duties. Here, of Metcalfe's picquet, H.M.'s 8th indeed, the enemy's fire became leading. After advancing a short most deadly, and many of our men distance in line, four companies, unfell; Major Jacob's horse was shot der Captain Greville, were ordered under him by a ball in the fore- to the left of the road to clear the head, and very shortly after this gardens up to Ludlow Castle; this the order was given to retire, when they did, opposed by a numerous the enemy again advanced in force, enemy. The main body of the corps infantry and guns, those guns which meanwhile advanced so steadily and Greville " longed to take.” Lieute- quickly as soon to be in line with nant Daniell was about this time H.M.'s 8th, and, clearing Ludlow wounded severely, and obliged to Castle, occupied a house to its right retire, though the brave young sol- front. After remaining there for dier was loth to do so, and endea- about half an hour, the order was voured, by attempting to whistle, to given to retire, the enemy having hide the agony he suffered. I have successfully withdrawn his guns. not yet heard what tune he attempt- The order was only accomplished for ed. "I am glad to be able to add about 300 yards, when the adjutant he is doing well. The picquet two of H.M.'s 61st called on us for assistor three times re-formed to meet ance, many wounded having been and receive the enemy, who, how- taken into Ludlow Castle, and the ever, kept at a very respectful dis- enemy being on the advance. The tance; and thus we returned to camp 1st immediately turned to the rightat sunset, our loss in the 1st alone about, and lined the walls of the having been sixty-four in killed and grounds of Ludlow Castle, till all wounded. About this time the work the wounded of the 61st were rebecame much lighter, and the at- moved; we then retired in skirmishtacks of the enemy less frequent and ing order, in alternate lines, with harassing, so that the soldier had H.M.'s 8th. On this day the brave some time to devote to the fine arts, Colonel Seaton, 35th N. I., and broat least I judge so from a drawing ther of Colonel Seaton of the 1st I saw on the walls of one of the Fusiliers, was struck by a muskethouses in which they were picquet- ball while humanely helping a ed. Of this I send you a copy ; the wounded man : the ball entered dipainting itself needs no interpreter, rectly over his heart, but it fortu. and you will see the colour of the nately glanced from the rib and times tinges the ideas of the artist* passed out behind; he thus escaped a Others again devoted themselves to mortal injury, and we the loss of one poetry, of which the following is a justly esteemed, specimen :
August 10.- The regiment was on
* The drawing represents a gigantic Sepoy being transfixed by a British bayonet. VOL. LXXXIII.--NO, DVII.
Call for some men of sound discretion :
picquet at Metcalfe's Compound; the the act of applying the lighted portenemy attacked, bringing two guns fire, when Private Reagan bayoneted to bear on the stable picquet, but him, but at the same time received were driven back. On the evening a severe wound, which will disable of the same day they again came on him for life. The fight continued in force with like result. We lost confusedly for some minutes, and nothing.
about this time day dawned, when 11th. The enemy opened with it was found we had captured four artillery on Metcalfe's Picquet, kill- guns and killed many of the enemy. ing Colour - sergeant Grey, No. 8 We then retired, bringing the guns Company.
safely into camp. Captain Gre
ville was again wounded, also Lieu“ Come, noble gentlemen, tenant Owen slightly. This was a Let us survey the vantage of the ground
most brilliant affair, satisfactory in Let's want no discipline, make no delay, every way; and, considering the For, Lord, to-morrow is a busy day."
proximity of the enemy's post to August 12.---The enemy had, as Delhi, and that the action was above described, been for some days fought under the guns of a heavy annoying the picquets in Metcalfe's battery of theirs, the result must be Compound from guns in and to the considered as most felicitous and right of Ludlow Castle ; we were happy. Lieutenant Warner, 1st Funot, therefore, surprised when, at 11 siliers, had the satisfaction on this P.M. on the 11th, the 1st Fusilier occasion of testing the value of a picquets were relieved, and, on regimental spit as a cutting weapon reaching camp, were told to be ready against a powerful native who came to turn out at 3 A.M. At that hour, out sword in hand. The young solthen, the regiment was ready, and, dier made such a stroke as knocked marching round the ridge so as to the Pandy down without even cutavoid being seen, joined the rest of ting his skin ; the fallen enemy was the force. Wethen moved off down the quickly accounted for, however. road leading to the Cashmere Gate ;
This evening the regiment was shortly after passing the Racket Court ordered to be in readiness to march we moved off the road to the right, at 11 P.M., the ist forming part of a and then the three left-flank com- force moving in the Allepore direcpanies under Greville were told off tion: the corps moved at the time as skirmishers, while the remainder appointed. The weather, however, of the regiment acted as a support
. proved so stormy, that they were The orders were concise and distinct : obliged to return the next morning, “Move up silently and take the guns it being found impossible to get on at Ludlow Castle.” The manouvre was accomplished in perfect silence --80 much so, that the first word heard was the challenge of the
"EXETER.–There's five to one ; besides, they are enemy's sentry, “Ho come dere ?" “Khou hye ?" the reply was;
Take that !” as the bullet entered his August 25.—The corps moved at body. On this the skirmishers about 5 A.M. on the Allepore road, brought their right shoulders for- forming part of a force under Brigaward, and opened fire on the sur- dier-General Nicholson, sent to atprised enemy, who confusedly at- tack a division of the enemy which tempted to return it; those who had moved out from Delhi with the could 'escape, quickly did so, but intention of capturing our siege train, many were surprised and killed in then coming to us from Kurnaul. houses. Only two guns had been fired On reaching Hoordapore, our force, when our men closed on the battery. leaving the main road, marched Private Reagan, rushing forward, pre- across the country to the left, and vented the discharge of the third-a continued to advance till about 11 howitzer loaded with grape—which, A.M. After halting for about an hour, primed and ready, was pointed on the route was continued over most The artilleryman was in difficult ground and swamps
all fresh! SALISBURY-God's arm strike with us! 'tis a
about 3 P.M., when the enemy were space, having in thirty-six hours gone found occupying an old serai, or fort, over some forty miles of bad road, armed with six guns, with a village fought a general action, and brought to our left, where four guns were the trophies into camp! also placed : other guns were in the This was a most dashing affair, the enemy's camp in rear of this posi- importance of which cannot be too tion. As the troops advanced, the highly estimated, and the vigour artillery of the enemy opened on our and judgment displayed by General column, which was, however, pro- Nicholson cannot be too highly tected greatly by the inequalities of praised. By this victory, not only the ground.
were the enemy well. thrashed, and The advance continued steadily by the result greatly discouraged, till in line with the serai, when the but the road was most effectually regiments were thrown in line to the opened for our heavy guns, which left, and the General addressed a were brought into camp a few days few short words to the men-short, subsequently without the slightest but vastly to the purpose: “Fusiliers, molestation, and from that time only remember that the greatest successes the siege of Delhi may be fairly said of the British have ever been gained to have commenced. where the bayonet has been used, and the musket discharged when
“ Fair St George close to the breast of the foe! I need Inspire us with the spleen of fiery dragons ! say no more.” Of course the men
Upon them! Victory sits on our lielins." went and did it.
After the 1st September our men Our artillery had in the mean time were exercised in escalading in the come to the frout and replied vigor Engineers' yard, and working-parties ously to the enemy's guns. After a were told off for the trenches, which few rounds the 1st advanced in line, were pushed on resolutely to within charged and took the serai—the 61st 200 yards of the walls. After the and Green's Sikhs being engaged also batteries were completed, the guns in this.
opened on the devoted city; and our The enemy quickly retired, and batteries having thundered on the began to mass in their camp, but, walls, bastions, and town for some on our again attacking, retreated on forty-eight hours, arrangements for the Delhi road, crossing the canal, the assault were completed. and leaving the whole of their camp In order to relieve the columns equipage, military chest, and guns selected for this, an attack was (with the exception of two) in our planned also on the right, and in both hands. The 1st were halted at the attacks our regiment bore a part. canal, close to the bridge, held by The right wing, under Major Jacob), about twenty men, till the enemy attacking the Cashmere Bastion by came down in such overpowering escalade; the left wing, consisting of numbers, and a heavy fire of shot 130 men under Captain Wriford, and shell, that they were obliged to forming a portion of the force acting retire singly among a crash of cattle, on our right. As this last detach
guns. Two companies com- ment started first from camp, we shall ing to support, the bridge was again endeavour to describe its movements held, which it was then attempted on this truly eventful day. to blow up, but unsuccessfully. The The party passed out of camp at 7 enemy kept up a heavy fire from P.M. on the 13th, and, proceeding to two guns till their tumbrils were Hindoo Rao's house, placed themexploded by Major Tombs' well- selves under Major Reid, who comdirected shots. They then retired, manded the right and right attack. and the Engineers were able to effect There they remained with other the desired destruction of the bridge troops intended to act in this direcabout 3 A.M.
tion till 4 A.M., when the whole body Our men were engaged till day- proceeded through Subzee Mundeh light securing the guns and ammu- to Kissengunge. This is the second nition, after which they returned at village on the road to Delhi, a sort of once to camp, only halting for a short suburb to that place, and was reached