Heroes of the Indian Empire; Or, Stories of Valour and Victory

Heroes of the Indian Empire; Or, Stories of Valour and Victory

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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. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...Of the details of his administration, and of the splendid results which he achieved, we need not speak here; enough to say that he restored order and remodelled the government of the province, and by his firm and judicious proceedings reconciled the whole of the population to the change of rulers, and gained their goodwill as well as their reverence. Sir Charles remained at the head of the government of Sinde till July, 1847. In the meantime, in addition to taking command of a successful expedition against certain troublesome tribes dwelling beyond the borders of the newly-acquired province, J his services had been called for in another direction; and though a severe disappointment had come to him in consequence, yet his promptitude in responding to the call was not the less striking. The Sikhs, the name given to the warlike people of the Punjab, in the north-west of India, had for some time cherished hostile feelings against their neighbours, the British, and, in December, 1845, their forces, numbering 60,000 men, suddenly crossed the river Sutlej, which divided the two territories, and encamped at a place called Ferozepore. This daring act of war took the British by surprise. They had certainly expected the invasion, but they had not anticipated that it would be effected so soon; and though Sir Hugh (afterwards Lord) Gough, the Commander-in-Chief, had already assembled 50,000 men to be in readiness to repel the Sikhs, his army, when they crossed the Sutlej, was encamped 150 miles away. No time was lost in pushing on to Ferozepore, and this wonderful march--"through heavy sands, the most formidable of all roads, with little time to cook their food, and scarcely an hour for repose"--was accomplished in six days. It was when the news of...show more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236594525
  • 9781236594525