Journal of the Disasters in Affghanistan, 1841-2

Journal of the Disasters in Affghanistan, 1841-2

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Lady Sale (nee Florentia Wynch, 1790-1853) became an instant heroine when her journal of the disastrous events in Afghanistan in 1841-2 was published in 1843. The wife of Sir Robert Sale, second-in-command of the British forces, she was taken hostage, along with her daughter and baby grand-daughter, after the massacre of over 4,500 British troops at Kabul, while her husband commanded a besieged garrison at Jalalabad. The small group of hostages was moved from place to place, with only the clothes they stood up in, to evade attempts at rescue over a period of nine months. Eventually, they were able to bribe a tribal leader to release them, and they met up with a British rescue party just before Afghani pursuers overtook them. Lady Sale's diary, carried in a cloth bag at her waist, was published almost unedited, and is an extraordinary account of her ordeal.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 maps
  • 1139176757
  • 9781139176750

Table of contents

Vocabulary; Introduction; Part I. Cabul: 1. The Zoormut expedition; 2. Revolt of Tezeen and Bhoodkhak; 3. Departure of Gen. Sale's brigade from Cabul; 4. Losses at the Khood Cabul pass; 5. Terms made with the chiefs; 6. Outbreak in Cabul; 7. Captain Johnson's treasury plundered; 8. Supineness of the British chiefs; 9. Capt. Campbell's regiment repulsed; 10. State of the cantonments; 11. Return of the 37th N.I.; 12. Attack on the Commissariat fort; 13. Loss of Mackenzie's fort; 14. Outbreak in the Kohistan; 15. Want of provisions; 16. Loss of the Commissariat fort; 17. Disastrous attempts to recapture the small fort; 18. Shah Zeman declared King; 19. Recall of Gen. Sale; 20. Position of the cantonments; 21. Arrival of Brig. Shelton in cantonments; 22. Losses at the Rikabashees' fort; 23. Death of Col. Mackrel; 24. Losses at Kandahar; 25. Action on the Western Heights; 26. Affairs in the Kohistan; 27. Accounts from Jellalabad; 28. Dissensions in the British council; 29. Action on the hills above Behmaru; 30. Terms proposed by the enemy; 31. Reply of the Envoy; 32. Difficulty of obtaining supplies; 33. Attack on the captured fort; 34. Disgraceful loss of the fort; 35. The General urges the necessity of negotiating; 36. Terms made with the enemy; 37. Hostages demanded by them; 38. The forts given up to them; 39. The seizure of the Envoy by Mahommed Akbar Khan; 40. News received of the Envoy's death; 41. Negotiations resumed; 42. Preparations for evacuating cantonments; 43. Departure postponed; Part II. Retreat from Cabul: 44. Cantonments evacuated; 45. Difficulties encountered by the rear guard; 46. Loss of the guns and ammunition; 47. Terms made with Mahommed Akbar; 48. Losses in the Khoord Cabul pass; 49. Akbar demands possessions of the ladies and children; 50. Destruction of the rear column; 51. Attempt of the remnant of the army to reach Jugdaluk; 52. Gen. Elphinstone and Brig. Shekton go to Mahommed Akbar; 53. Deliberations of the chiefs; 54. Attack at Judgaluk; 55. The final struggle at Gundamuk; Part III. The Captivity: 56. March of the prisoners towards the Lughman valley; 57. Accommodation at Buddeabad; 58. Accounts from Jellalabad; 59. Severe earthquake; 60. Adventures of Capt. Bygrave; 61. Accounts from the garrison at Ghuznee; 62. Ferocity and cruelty of Mahommed Akbar; 63. Change of jailors; 64. Offers for ransoming the prisoners; 65. Report of the murder of Shah Shoojah; 66. March for Tezeen; 67. Major Pottinger expostulates with the Sirdar; 68. Death of Gen. Elphinstone; 69. Insults offered to his corpse on its way to Jellalabad; 70. Akbar acknowledges that he slew the Envoy; 71. Treachery of Shumshudeen at Ghuznee; 72. Visit to the ladies of Mahommed Shah's family; 73. Account from Jellalalbad; 74. Proceedings at Cabul; 75. March to Khoord Cabul; 76. Offers for exchange of prisoners; 77. Reports from Cabul; 78. The Bala Hissar is surrendered to Akbar; 79. Sufferings of Col. Stoddart and Capt. A. Conolly in Bokhara; 80. Friendly conduct of the Nawaub, Zeman, Shah Khan; 81. Gen. Pollock offers to treat with the Sirdar; 82. Gloomy prospects; 83. Policy of Mahommed Akbar; 84. Death of Capt. John Conolly; 85. Accounts of the Kandahar force; 86. Newspaper controversy; 87. Review of Akbar's conduct; 88. His treatment of the prisoners; 89. Futteh Jung challenges Akbar to battle; 90. Removal of the prisoners to the Loghur country; 91. Proposed plan for their release; 92. March to Bamean; 93. Terms made by the prisoners with their jailor; 94. He hoists the flag of defiance on the fort; 95. The prisoners are joined by several native chiefs; 96. They commence their march; 97. Arrival of Sir Richard Shakespear; 98. Rescue by Gen. Sale; Addenda; Appendix.
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