A Personal Narrative of the Siege of Lucknow: From Its Commencement to Its Relief by Sir Colin Campbell

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Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, & Roberts, 1858 - India - 380 pages
 

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Page 309 - Umroula, a village two miles this side of the chief's camp, to inform a friend of the death of his brother by a shot from the British entrenchment at Lucknow, and they told us the road. They appeared to be greatly relieved on discovering that it was not their terrible foe, who was only a few miles in advance of them. We went in the direction indicated by them, and after walking for half-an-hour we got into a jheel or swamp, which are numerous and large in Oude.
Page 308 - I was not annoyed, as such accidents were not unfrequent even when there was no danger to be avoided. It was now about midnight. We endeavoured to persuade a cultivator, who was watching his crop, to show us the way for a short distance, but he urged old age and lameness ; and another, whom I peremptorily told to come with us, ran off screaming, and alarmed the whole village. We next walked quickly away into the canal running under the Charbagh, in which I fell several times, owing to my shoes being...
Page 307 - I was in great spirits when we reached the green fields, into which I had not been for five months. Everything around us smelt sweet, and a carrot I took from the road-side was the most delicious I had ever tasted.
Page 311 - ... and secondly, because I was anxious to perform some service which would ensure to me the honour of wearing our most gracious Majesty's cross. " My reception by Sir Colin Campbell and his staff was cordial and kind to the utmost degree ; and if I never have more than the remembrance of their condescension and of the heartfelt congratulations of Sir James Outram and of all the officers of his garrison, on my safe return to them, I shall not repine ; though, to be sure, having the Victoria Cross...
Page 350 - 2. The persevering constancy of this small garrison, under the watchful command of the Brigadier, has, under Providence, been the means of adding to the prestige of the British Army and of preserving the honour and lives of our country-women.
Page 122 - July, when he expired, and the Government was thereby deprived, if I may venture to say so, of the services of a distinguished statesman and a most gallant soldier. Few men have ever possessed to the same extent the power which he enjoyed of winning the hearts of all those with whom he came in contact, and thus insuring the warmest and most zealous devotion for himself and for the Government which he served.
Page 308 - By three o'clock we arrived at a grove of mango trees, situated on a plain, in which a man was singing at the top of his voice. I thought he was a villager, but he got alarmed on hearing us approach, and astonished us too by calling out a guard of twenty-five sepoys, all of whom asked questions.
Page 352 - That ground was won by fighting as hard as it ever fell to the lot of the Commander-in-Chief to witness, it being necessary to bring up the same men over and over again to fresh attacks ; and it is with the greatest gratification that his Excellency declares he never saw men behave better. 5. The storming of the Secundrab&gh and the Shah Nujeef has never been surpassed in daring, and the success of it was most brilliant and complete.
Page 294 - 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 of their conduct. "Brigadier Inglis has borne generous testimony to the bravery, vigilance, devotedness, and good conduct of all ranks; and to all ranks, as the local representative of the British Indian Government, the MajorGeneral tenders his warmest acknowledgments.
Page v - MONEY, IT is with feelings of great pleasure that I avail myself of your kind permission to dedicate this volume to you; and independently of the satisfaction it affords me, I feel sure that it will be a gratification to you, to see recorded in my pages, however imperfectly, events in which your own. Son, Mr. William Money, bore so prominent a part. I remain, With great respect, Yours sincerely, LER BEES.

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