Ancient and Modern India

Ancient and Modern India

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1851 edition. Excerpt: ...others were prevented from bringing provisions to Rangoon. Syriam, the ancient capital of Pegu, and a fort, originally erected by the Portuguese, was taken by a party sent in boats; and the Burmese were driven from the fort, leaving behind them eight pieces of cannon and a considerable quantity of ammunition. From the fort the English proceeded to the Pagoda, which was easily captured. Among the plunder was found an edict, issued by the prince of Sarrawaddy. At length, information was received that the astrologers had Attack fixed a time for the attack on the British position, at midnight j";, of the 30th of August. The "Invulnerables" rushed boldly up the Aug. 31. road leading to the Pagoda, shouting out threats and imprecations against the impious strangers whose presence defiled that sacred place. The English remained quiet, until the multitude approached the gateway; then heavy discharges of grape, followed by volleys of musketry, did fearful execution. In a short time the "Invulnerables" lost courage and fled. An incident, in another part of the line, deserves a passing notice: --A piquet of one hundred sepoys was attacked, and, while the men were drawn up to receive the Burmese in front, some of these latter crept to the rear, and entered the house which the piquet occupied, from whence they carried off the sepoys' knapsacks! General Campbell resolved to drive the Burmese from the Colonel vicinity of Rangoon. For this purpose Major Evans was sent "j"" with three hundred men, to ascend the Lyne river, while Colonel Kykloo, Smith, with the light division, consisting of sepoys, made an Oct. 1. advance on the road to Pegu. After clearing several stockades, Colonel Smith learned that a large division of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 270 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 485g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236512790
  • 9781236512796