India Volume 2

India Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1828 edition. Excerpt: ...the siege; while the gorgeous palace adjoining was con. verted into ahospital. The fort is of a triangular shape, to correspond to the ground on which it stands. The two longest sides are defended by the river, which is deep and broad: the northern face, towards the island, was covered with strong outworks and two broad and massy ramparts, having flank defences, a deep ditch, draw-bridges, and every advantage of modern fortification. Upon this side, however, it was resolved to carry on the attack; and upon the 18th, trenches were opened within 800 yards of the fort. In the mean time, General Abercromby with the Bombay army had efiected a junction, having perfected a line of communication with the Malabar coast; and the Brinjarries maintained such abundance in the camp of Cornwallis as had not been known 'since the commencement of the war. The soldiers, in high spirits, prosecuted with activity the operations of the siege, stimulated by the hope of speedily " liberating with their own hands the survivors of their murdered countrymen;" and they were so far advanced as to enable Lord Cornwallis to calculate with certainty on opening his breaching batteries on the 1st of March. On the 24th of February, however, orders were received by the troops in the trenches, to forbear working, and to desist from hostilities. " The soldiers," says an 0flicer who was present, " dejected to a degree not to be described, could with difliculty be restrained from continuing their wor." And their impatience and indignation became almost uncontrollable, when, for several hours after they had ceased, the troops of Tippoo continued to fire both with cannon and musketry; " a barbarous bravado, intended to shew that he was...show more

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  • Paperback | 114 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 218g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236773373
  • 9781236773371