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neers just as they deserved ? and were the corps and increased our difficulnot we to do the same to the incen- ties, the medical establishment being diaries at Umballa ?
unavoidably on the lowest numeriWe marched at 5 P.M., and got on cal scale, from the division of the better than the first night, for it was regiment into three parts, and the now possible to procure carriage for impossibility of procuring servants the lame and exhausted. At 10 P.M. at Umballa. On the 22d we again we reach Mobarrackpore and halted, marched to Peeple ; on the 23d to the men cooking and having rum
and on the 24th to Kurserved out, the officers getting on as naul, Here we were quartered in best they might, almost all servants the Dak Bungalow, and somewhat being far behind. Here cholera first astonished the good and kind Copaid us a visit; two cases occurred, lonel Chester, Adjutant - General of but both men did well. After three the Forces, by the vivacity of our hours' rest we resumed our route, fun. In fact, the uproar and cheerand, just before daylight, were met ing on the arrival of the Indefatigable by a large string of elephants, most from Meerut, where he went alone thoughtfully sent by the authorities with despatches, to open the comto carry those who were wearied. munication, was so great, that a We reached Umballa about 7 A.M. stranger might have fancied the muon the 15th May. Time taken to do tineers were being attacked and put these sixty miles, thirty-eight hours ! to the rout.
Our first feeling on reaching can- On reaching Kurnaul we found the tonments was one of disgust at having left wing had marched for Paneeput, no work, all there being seemingly symptoms of disaffection having been quiet ; our next one of satisfaction at shown by the natives of that city. the prospect of forming part of the The place itself is not regularly fortiforce proceeding to Delhi, for we were fied, though walled, and containing
, here undeceived as to the taking of many thousand inhabitants. Here that place by the Rifles and Carabi- I must record a most particularly neers; moreover, it was a great relief trying march performed by the left to be out of the sun, and to have wing, and other troops composing plenty of soda-water to drink. Oh, this detachment. They had marched Messrs Peake, Allan, & Co. what a on the 23d from Kurnaul to Goroundebt do we not owe you—painful the dah, which they reached at about debt, delightful the draught! Yes; 7 A. M., and the day was, I well the memory of those long drinks is remember, one of the very hottest still refreshing, and even the Count of the season, close, burning, and was obliged to forget himself in some oppressive. At 11 A. M. the order degree and“ ask for more."
came, that they were urgently reWe had only been in cantonments quired at Paneeput; without a mura few days when cholera of the worst mur the gallant fellows buckled on form showed itself among us, and their accoutrements, and in that continued with increasing severity till red hot sun, without refreshment, we left the ill-omened place, where so marched ten miles, just arriving in many of our strongest rest for ever. time to awe the disorderly, and save
Companies 7, 8, 9, and 10, were the city. The next day all the inhasent in advance to Kurnaul on the bitants were disarmed. evening of the 17th, Captain Dennis Above I have said the men were commanding. The distance, forty without any refreshment, but such miles, being got over in two days, was not entirely the case, for near this detachment was put, on arrival, one of the wells on the roadside was under Brigadier G., who had escaped a bed of very fine onions, tempting with others from Delhi. The head- fellows, green above, white below, requarters marched from Umballa gular sneezers, and no mistake. In on the 21st May, at 11 P.m., and a twinkling the khet* was clear, so reached Shahabad about seven next much so, that when private No. 600 morning. Cholera still kept with came to his officer and said, “ Plaize
yer honor where's the onions lay ?” watch-fires of the enemy could now the officer was quite at a loss to tell be seen distinctly before their white private No. 600 where the esculents tents, seemingly to the left of the had been.
road. At this time bang went the The right wing left Kurnaul a few first gun of the enemy, down the hours before the Commander-in-Chief road, but well over our heads, immebreathed his last, and marching diately followed by a shell from a eighteen miles, joined the left wing: howitzer of theirs, which, better We here left cholera behind us, and directed, killed a man and horse, after a halt of three days, marched and the battle of Bardul-ki-Serai to Soomalka, and on the 30th again had begun. The road was at once demoved to Sursowlie, and on the 31st serted, the 1st forming in line to the to Rae, where we halted till the right, in a ditch partly hid by trees; morning of the 4th. At this place here we remained for only a minute we made examples of some of the till our guns came to the front at the murderers and insulters of women gallop along the road in a most dashand children. The rest of the Um- ing style. We then advanced over an balla force coming up on the 4th, we open plain, fully exposed to the conmoved to Allepore, Brigadier Show- tinued fire of the enemy's guns, and ers assuming charge of the first bri- losing in a minute about twenty gade, in which the 1st Fusiliers was in killed and wounded. Here Greplaced. Colonel Welchman and Cap- ville was hit, but not severely intain Brown joined us on the 5th, the jured ; Ellis, too, received three confirst still weakly, but his gallant tusions from fragments of a shell spirit urged the old soldier on, to which knocked over two men beleave his family and pleasant home side him, he fortunately escaping for fatigues and dangers at the head without serious injury. "Two comof his corps. At Allepore we remain- panies were on the right of the 75th, ed till Wilson and the heavy guns the remainder of the regiment formed joined from the Hindon, where they the line in support. The fire from had had some sharp fighting. While the enemy's guns, being, as above halted, the refreshing news was described, most intense, the infantry brought in by the Indefatigable that were ordered to seek for the cover the enemy had occupied a serai on afforded by a rising ground about 400 the road to Delhi, with a strong vil- yards in front of the enemy's batlage to the left, and that a consi- tery. Here the whole regiment was derable number of guns had been assembled with the exception of the brought by the mutineers to defend advanced guard, which remained on the place. Accordingly, when the the roadside, close to the enemy's orders came out on the 7th for the position. The fire on this mound advance to be led by two companies was truly constant, and fearfully ac(Nos. 5 and 6) of the 1st Fusiliers, curate, and it was here Colonel Chescompleted to twenty-five files each, ter fell, horse and rider, killed by a commanded by Captain Brown, with round shot. Just at this time the Lieutenants
Daniell and Walters, fol. orderwas given to re-form and charge lowed by Her Majesty's 75th, the the enemy's batteries; but while doing remainder of the 1st Fusiliers, and so, some staff-officer called out, “ Prethe other corps, with the artillery, pare to receive cavalry !" The comwe judged there would be some work mand was partially obeyed, and to do, and therefore retired early, to caused much confusion ; moreover, it be fresh for the morrow.
was quite unnecessary, as no cavalry could be seen. The regiment was
then formed in line, and three comOur strong arms be our conscience, swords our
panies detached to attack a village March on, join bravely, let 's to it pell-mell." filled with rebel infantry; but so
The advance commenced at 1 A.M., many counter-orders were given, that slowly along the road; and just as it resulted in the whole regiment the early dawn began to streak the advancing to the right, instead of horizon, we reached to within some five companies assisting the 75th, as 1200 yards of Bardul-ki-Serai. The was originally intended. The corps
advanced under a heavy fire, but the we marched in coluinn, till disvillage was quickly stormed by our turbed by a round shot from the men, and the enemy at once driven city, when the men were ordered to out. In fact the gallant way in fall a little behind the ridge, so as to which the 75th charged the battery be protected, yet continuing to adin their front, and captured the guns
On this ridge was found a in it, produced such an impression on cart, which was at first thought to the enemy that they seemed to have contain ammunition ; on inspection, no wish to stay.
Here Colonel we found it full of the remains of Welchman had a narrow escape : he murdered fellow - Christians heaped galloped after three men, one of together. whom he cut down, but the second The regiment at last found shelter turned and made a cut at the Colo- under some trees, in what was subsenel, whose horse, however, received quently called “the Valley of Death," the blow intended for the rider and the men were to have had their Private Clarke, No. 3 Company, then grog served out; but the enemy's shot came to the assistance of the Colo- beginning to come in rather too frenel, and received a cut over the quently to be pleasant, and a horse shoulder, but at the same time drove or two being knocked over, we were his bayonet into the Pandy, whose marched back to the old cantonment, sword he took, and carried for the the parade-ground being occupied as remainder of the day; the wound the camp. Here we had about two disabling him so far as to prevent hours' rest, when informed that the his carrying his musket. This sol- enemy were coming out in force from dier did not escape without further the city. The regiment was at once injury, however, for as we were ad- under arms, but Colonel Welchman vancing, a cow charged, and knock
was so completely exhausted by the ed him down, breaking his collar sun, he was quite unable to go out. bone. From that day Private Clarke Major Jacob therefore led us up to declares he'd much rather meet two Hindoo Rao's house, from whence Sepoys than one cow.
the regiment was sent skirmishing The troops moved steadily onwards to the right. We returned to camp in the Delhi direction, till we came about 6 P.M., having had a pretty to Azadpore ; where the cantonment hard day's work, and having lost branches from the Delhi road. Here three in killed and twenty-six woundthe enemy had guns, which com- ed. What think you of our first menced firing on the advancing col- day's work, Mr Ebony? umn. The 1st were at once ordered On the 9th June, about 1 P.M., the off to the left, to skirmish through alarm sounded, and the regiment was gardens, and over an open space ordered to the ridge, Major Jacob immediately opposite the Delhi can- commanding; here we saw the Pantonment parade; we drove in the dies coming out in hundreds, to the enemy quickly,' their light guns left and along the front. They obmeanwhile firing round shot into us served no formation, but came sneakfrom the ridge above cantonments. ing along behind walls and hedges. Having crossed the canal, and gained Notwithstanding the command of the parade, it became evident that, shelter which they had, they were at till supported, we could do little, and once checked by the field-pieces, and must incur much loss by advancing retired, though they could have lost over the open parade; the men were very few men. We were thinking, therefore halted, under the shelter of also, of returning to camp at 5 P.M., the graveyard wall and the banks of when the firing of musketry on the the canal, till Money's guns, firing right, which had been gradually infrom the left, told us they had creasing, became exceedingly brisk, reached the old cantonment Bazaar, and shortly after orders were given and flanked the enemy. The 1st then for five companies to move and supadvanced across the parade, through port the Rifles. The enemy were the Sepoy lines, and up to the de- quickly driven back almost to the serted guns on the ridge, along which walls of the city; and as nothing
more could possibly be done, the
LEAGUER OF DELHI. men were directed to retire. Most
"To live means to work, and to work according unfortunately, just then a bugler of to reason, but with us means to suffer." one of the corps engaged sounded June 12.-Moved out to the left, the retreat, and the enemy, knowing Colonel Welchman commanding. The the call, advanced again to the attack wings were subsequently divided, the in great force, and with increased right marching down to the Subzee courage. Night was then coming on, Mundeh, and the left skirmishing in so that we were unable to see some of the gardens down to the canal ; the our men who were wounded, and the musketry was exceedingly lively, the body of Corporal M'Gee, walking rebels, firing from behind walls and drum-major, was left on the ground; trees, retired on Delhi. In this conthis was recovered next day fright- test the enemy's cavalry were misfully mutilated.
taken for the Guides, and thus esLieutenant Butler joined from leave caped severe punishment, giving us on the 9th, having ridden in from a parting volley as they galloped Mussoorie, 110 miles, in three days. away. This morning we lost six men As this was done on one horse, it was in killed and wounded. pretty good travelling for the season; 17th. It being suspected that the but the young soldier is partial tó enemy were erecting a battery on equestrian exercise, and his powers our right, the fire from which would of adhesion are very great.
greatly annoy our guns at Hindoo June 10.—The regiment moved Rao's, a force was ordered in the out at 11 A.M. to the right, and re- afternoon to attack the enemy, and mained for a few hours near the capture the guns ; Major Tombs, of mound. Nothing further was done, the Artillery, commanding the whole, and we returned in the evening Major Jacob, with three hundred men About this time the white shirts of of the 1st, forming part of the force. the men were dyed, so as to present This marched through the village of less conspicuous marks to the enemy: Subzee Mundeh, skirmishing through
11th.—The word was passed round the dense gardens on the right. On about 3 A.M. for all officers and men reaching the Eed-ghar, the enemy to turn out; and it soon became retreating rapidly, and our men adwhispered that the powder-bags had vancing, captured one gun, the only been carried ahead for the purpose piece of artillery seen-no battery of blowing in the Lahore Gate, and was discovered. In this action, which that Delhi was to be assaulted be- was admirably conducted, the 1st fore daylight. We marched silently lost three killed and six wounded ; along for some short distance, when Captain Brown was very severely init was found that one of the briga- jured, having one finger shot oif, it diers had not the men under his bullet-wound through the wrist, anorders ready, and that day would other through the cheek; another dawn ere these men, absolutely ne- smashed his collar-bone, and lodged cessary to increase the number of among the muscles at the back of the assailants, could join the attacking neck; a graze on the side completed column. With our small force, to the list. The gallant Captain, I am have assaulted Delhi, unless by sur- happy to say, recovered. prise, would have been to insure 19ih.-The enemy having been obfailure; and thus this mode of attack served advancing in force from the was abandoned. Whether it would Lahore gate during the morning, eviin the present instance have succeed. dently with the intention of acting on ed or not, is a question which must our right flank, the troops were orrest for ever undecided ; but cer- dered to receive them. Colonel Welchtainly this was the time to have made man commanding the 1st Fusiliers, the attempt, if ever, and it looked these were directed to proceed to thé very promising. The men were much mound, so as to protect the right discouraged by turning back, and flank, which the enemy first atfrom this time the leaguer of Delhi tacked. There we remained till halfmay
be said to have commenced. past 5 P.M., about which time very
heavy firing from guns commenced men, and distressed them extremely ; within a mile and a half of camp and moreover, from this cause, it was to the rear. The right wing, under almost impossible to see the enemy. Major Jacob, was now ordered to After skirmishing for miles, the proceed to the scene of action and troops returned about 1 P.M., greatly support the Rifles. By the time the exhausted, and without being able to wing reached the fight it was almost close with the foe. dark, and the position of the combatants could only be distinguished by the flashing of the guns and mus
“Will he succumb, or will he not succumb?"
CLAUDIUS. ketry, the fire from which was unceasing and sustained till dense June 23.—Shortly after breakfast darkness put an end to the combat. the 1st Fusiliers were ordered to the From this cause also the infantry right of Hindoo Rao's house, where got completely mingled : officers se- the gallant Goorkahs were greatly parated from their companies, and pressed by the enemy; the gardens our men mistaken for and fired on in front and to the right were found as the enemy:
In fact, so great occupied by the rebels in force, and was the confusion, and so little as they were driven out of these, could officers tell where troops under they fell slowly back on the Subzee their command were, that Colonel Mundeh, we continuing to advance. Beecher, a soldier always in the front, There the fight became very sharp, rode up to a corps of the enemy, the enemy occupying the roofs and supposing them to be our troops, interior of the houses, and firing from and was there shot at, but happily these and the cross streets; when escaped, not without a severe wound, pressed running away at once, but however, the ball passing through turning back and again forming up his arm and breaking the bone. The in our rear, we not having men enough men returned to camp worn out and to hold and advance at the same time. exhausted. In this affair we lost On facing about, this style of contest five killed and ten wounded. Next was again renewed, and though the morning the whole regiment was village was finally won and kept by ordered out before daylight, Colo- the 1st and 2d Fusiliers and Goornel Welchman commanding the 1st, kals, who fought exceedingly well,
, which formed a portion of the attack- yet the fighting was very sharp, coning force. We came on the enemy tinuing throughout the entire day. It just at dawn, drawn up in line to was here Colonel Welchman was most receive us. On the guns opening, severely wounded, and obliged to however, they retired, without our leave the field, a ball having passed infantry having fired a shot. One through his arm and injured the elbow gun was abandoned by the enemy, it joint, as he waved his sword in the having stuck in a ditch.
front. Captain Dennis then commandpanies were ordered to skirmish to ed, but was unable to remain, being the right through gardens, and some struck down by the sun, from the entering a village were fired at by effects of which he still continues to Sepoys lurking about. The 1st suffer. Lieutenant Wemyss then led had one killed and two wounded. on the men. Captain Greville, howThe troops returned about half-past ever, shortly relieved the Adjutant, 9 A.M., but were hardly in camp an and brought the corps finally into hour, when two round-shot falling in camp. The 1st lost seven killed and the headquarter camp, and smashing forty-three wounded, five having morthe General's crockery, gave notice tal injuries. Seven officers were that the enemy, so far from being dis- brought in from the field quite excouraged, were again advancing to hausted by the sun ; in fact, the men, the attack. The troops were once though conquerors, felt their powers more ordered out, but could not come had been tried to the utmost. The up to the rebels, who retired as we attack of the mutineers was particuadvanced. A strong west wind, hot larly obstinate and sustained, from as the blast of a furnace, laden with the belief that on this day-the cendust, blew directly in the faces of our tenary of Plassey—the Europeans