Narrative of the Indian Revolt from Its Outbreak to the Capture of Lucknow

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G. Vickers, 1858 - India - 452 pages

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Page 189 - ... into a profound slumber, motionless, and apparently breathless, her head resting in my lap. I myself could no longer resist the inclination to sleep, in spite of the continual roar of the cannon. Suddenly I was aroused by a wild, unearthly scream close to my ear; my companion stood upright beside me, her arms raised, and her head bent forward in the attitude of listening. A look of intense delight broke over her countenance, she grasped my hand, drew me towards her, and exclaimed: "Dinna ye hear...
Page 204 - Couper, close to both; but without injury to either. The whole of his staff implored Sir Henry to take up other quarters, as the Residency had then become the special target for the round shot and shell of the enemy. This, however, he jestingly declined to do, observing that another shell would certainly never be pitched into that small room. But Providence had ordained otherwise, for on the very next day he was mortally wounded by the fragment of another shell which burst in the same room exactly...
Page 189 - I felt utterly bewildered : my English ears heard only the roar of artillery, and I thought my poor Jessie was still raving ; but she darted to the batteries, and I heard her cry incessantly to the men, " Courage ! Courage! Hark to the slogan — to the MacGregor, the grandest of them a'!
Page 204 - ... and most zealous devotion for himself and for the Government which he served. The successful defence of the position has been, under Providence, solely attributable to the foresight which he evinced in the timely commencement of the necessary operations, and the great skill and untiring personal activity which he exhibited in carrying them into effect. All ranks possessed such confidence in his judgment and his fertility of resource, that the news of his fall was received throughout the garrison...
Page 65 - When we could once get out of the fort we were all over the place, cutting down all natives who showed any signs of opposition ; we enjoyed these trips very much, so pleasant it was to get out of that horrid fort for a few hours. One trip I enjoyed amazingly : we got on board a steamer with a gun, while the...
Page 204 - Bhawun, an old dilapidated edifice which had been hastily repaired for the occasion, though the defences were, even at the last moment, very far from complete, and were, moreover, commanded by many houses in the city. The situation of the Muchee Bhawun with regard to the Residency has already been described to the Government of India.
Page 88 - I went, however, at the fellow, and cut him on the shoulder ; but some ' kupra ' (cloth) on it apparently turned the blow. He managed to seize the hilt of my sword, and twisted it out of my hand ; and then we had a hand-to-hand fight, I punching his head with my fists, and he trying to cut me ; but I was too close to him. Somehow or other I fell, and then was the time, fortunately for me, that Tombs came up and shot the fellow. I was so choked by my cloak that move I could not until I got it loosened.
Page 209 - 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 E.
Page 208 - ... Lieutenant Aitken, to a most galling fire of round shot and musketry, which materially decreased their numbers. They were so near the enemy that conversation could be carried on between them; and every effort, persuasion, promise, and threat was alternately resorted to, in vain, to seduce them from their allegiance to the handful of Europeans, who, in all probability, would have been sacrificed by their desertion.
Page 88 - I warded his next cut when down. Tombs, following him up, made him a pass, and up I jumped and had a slash at him, cutting him on the left wrist, nearly severing it. This made him turn round, and then Tombs ran him through. He very nearly knocked over Tombs, for he cut through his cap and pagrie, but, fortunately, did not even cut the skin. I fancy I am indebted again to Tombs for my life, for although I might have got up and fought, still I was bleeding like a pig, and, of course, would have had...

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