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Addiscombe advantage Appendix A.)—No appointments army of India attached Balmain batta Battalion Bengal Board's circular brevet Brigade cadets Captain Colonel John Munro Colonel Salmond Commander-in-chief commanding officer commissariat Company Company's army Company's officers Company's service considered Detachment ditto ditto ditto duties East-India House efficiency employed engineers establishment European and Native European commissioned officers European officers European regiments Expense Foot Artillery force furlough Golundauze Government Havildars Horse Artillery increase India Indian army IRREGULARS jemadar John Munro King's regiments Lieutenant-colonel lieutenants Major Wilson Major-General Major-General Sir ment Native army Native corps Native officers Native troops non-commissioned officers number of European number of officers off-reckonings opinion pensions Pioneers present Pritzler promotion proportion Question recruits reduction Regiment Native Cavalry Regiment Native Infantry regulations reply to Q respect retiring Return rupees sale of commissions sepoys Sir Jasper Nicolls Sir John Malcolm Sir Robert Scot soldiers staff stations subadar Surgeon thinks three Presidencies Total
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Page 172 - When provisions were very low, the Hindoo sepoys entreated their commander to allow them to boil the rice (the only food left) for the whole garrison. ' Your English soldiers,' they said, ' can eat from our hands, though we cannot from theirs — we will allot as their share every grain of the rice, and subsist ourselves by drinking the water in which it has been boiled.
Page 180 - It is probably owing to the peculiar composition, and to the local situation of the territories in which they are employed, that the sepoys of Bombay have at all periods been found ready to embark on foreign service. They are, in fact, familiar to the sea, and only a small proportion of them are incommoded in a voyage by those privations to which others are subject from prejudices of caste. But this is only one of the merits of the Bombay native soldier: he is patient, faithful and brave, and attached...
Page 181 - ... of the natives of India, who had been made prisoners near the mountains of the coast of Malabar, marched a distance of 500 miles to Madras to embark on a voyage of six or eight weeks, to rejoin the army to which they belonged at Bombay. During the march from Mysore, the guards of the Sultan carefully separated those men, whenever they encamped, by a tank (a large reservoir) or some other supposed insurmountable obstacle, from the European prisoners, among whom were their officers. Not a night...
Page 152 - I AM directed by the Commissioners for the Affairs of India, to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 20th ultimo, together with the papers which accompanied it : and to acquaint you, in reply, that the claim which you have preferred to the Court of Directors, is one respecting which the Board do not feel themselves competent to interfere.
Page 178 - ... Government averse to a repetition of experiments which had proved so dangerous; but in the year 1795, when the island of Ceylon, and the possessions of the Dutch in the Eastern Seas were to be reduced, Lord Hobart*, who was then Governor of Fort St. George, made a successful appeal to the zeal and attachment of the native troops, who volunteered in corps for foreign service. A still greater call for men was necessary when an army was formed in 1797, for the attack of Manilla, and many of the...
Page 184 - During the five years that they were absent from their home, the men of this detachment conducted themselves in the most exemplary manner, and acquired distinction in every service in which they were employed. I shall not repeat the warm and animated eulogium which Mr. Hastings passed upon this corps in one of the last general orders he issued to the army in Bengal, but all must subscribe to the truth of his observation, that their conduct showed that " there are no difficulties which the true spirit...
Page 175 - Cornwallis returned his thanks in the warmest manner to this small corps and its gallant commanding officer, Captain Alexander Grant, for a charge made upon the enemy. It obtained still further distinction under Captain James Grant, the brother of its former commander, when employed, in the year 1801, against the Poligars, a race of warlike men who inhabit the southern part of the Madras territory. There are indeed few examples of a more desperate and successful charge than was made during that service...
Page 171 - ... our duty to seek other sources of information, that we may be able to take the most comprehensive view of a subject so vital to our eastern empire : we shall endeavour to trace the progress of the Native troops at Madras and Bombay, before we examine the facts brought before us by Captain Williams ; a combined view of the whole may suggest some reflections on the means which appear best calculated to maintain the efficiency, and preserve the attachment of the Indian army. Though Bombay was the...
Page 184 - This corps, which marched about 1100 miles along the sea-coast, through the province of Cuttack, and the Northern Circars to Madras, arrived at that Presidency at a most eventful period, and their services were eminently useful to the preservation of our power in that quarter. Among the many occasions which this detachment had of distinguishing itself, the attack on the French lines at Cuddalore, in 1783, was the most remarkable. The Bengal sepoys that were engaged on that occasion behaved nobly....