The Siege of Lucknow: A Diary

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James R. Osgood, McIlvaine & Company, 1892 - India - 240 pages
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Page 120 - If you hope to save this force, no time must be lost in pushing forward. We are daily being attacked by the enemy, who are within a few yards of our defences. Their mines have already weakened our post, and I have every reason to believe they are carrying on others. Their...
Page 148 - I hope to be able to get on pretty well till about the 1st proximo. If you have not relieved us by that time, we shall have no meat left as I must keep some few bullocks to move my guns about the position. As it is I have had to kill nearly all the gun bullocks, as my men could not perform the hard work without animal food.
Page 176 - illustrious " was well and happily applied by a former Governor-General of India to the garrison of Jellalabad; but some far more laudatory epithet — if such the English language contains — is due, the MajorGeneral considers, to the brave men whom Brigadier Inglis has commanded with undeviating success and untarnished honour through the late memorable siege. For while the devoted band of heroes who so nobly maintained the honour of their country's arms under Sir R. Sale were seldom exposed to...
Page 120 - ... has caused me much uneasiness, as it is quite impossible, with my weak and shattered force, that I can leave my defences. You must bear in mind how I am hampered ; that I have upwards of 120 sick and wounded, and at least 220 women, and about 230 children, and no carriage of any description, besides sacrificing twenty-three lacs of treasure, and about thirty guns of sorts.
Page 119 - We march to-morrow morning for Lucknow, having been reinforced. We shall push on as speedily as possible. We hope to reach you in four days at furthest. You must aid us in every way, even to cutting your way out, if we can't force our way in. We are only a small force.
Page 140 - Any advance of yours towards this place will act beneficially in our favour, and greatly inspirit the native part of my garrison, who have up to this time behaved like faithful and good soldiers.
Page 177 - ... them, and which he is very certain the Governor-General will bestow in full ; and though the Major-General, as regards the European portion of the garrison, cannot do more than give his most earnest and hearty support to the recommendations of the Brigadier, he feels assured that the GovernorGeneral of India will fully and publicly manifest his appreciation of their distinguished services, and that our beloved Sovereign will herself deign to convey to them some gracious expression of royal approbation...
Page 176 - Honourable the Governor-General of India, and his Excellency the Commander-in-Chief, the profound sense of the merits of that garrison which has been forced on his mind by a careful consideration of the almost incredible difficulties with which they have had to contend. The term
Page 91 - It is with deep regret that I have to announce to you the existence in this State of a spirit of defiance to all lawful authority and an insecurity of life which are hardly realized by the general Government or the country at large.
Page 147 - The last letter I received from you was dated the 24th ultimo, since when I have received no news whatever from your camp, or of your movements, but am now daily expecting to receive intelligence of your advance in this direction. Since the date of my last letter the enemy has continued to persevere unceasingly in their efforts against this position, and the firing has never ceased night or day. They have about sixteen guns in position around us, many of them 18-pounders. On the 5th instant they...

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