The Life of General H. Havelock

The Life of General H. Havelock

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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. 1859 edition. Excerpt: ...some 20 miles from Ferozepore. It was now the middle of the afternoon, and a halt was ordered, when the exhausted, overtasked troops flung themselves on the ground, thankful for a respite to their toils. Some were reclining on the plain, others were engaged cooking food, and all looking forward to an evening and night of repose, when suddenly the hurried beat of drums to arms, and shrill blast of the bugle, brought every weary soldier to his feet. BATTLE OF MOODKHEE. The enemy, 40,000 strong, with 40 guns, were close upon them. Hunger and thirst and toil were immediately forgotten, and all was excitement and commotion. The cavalry and horse artillery went rattling forward to occupy the ground, the infantry closed rapidly up to their support, and after advancing a couple of miles, came upon the enemy, BATTLE or MOODKHEE. 191 drawn up in order of battle. The field they had. selected on which to measure their strength for the first time with the British, was a vast sand plain covered with patches of low jungle or thicket. Behind these, and wherever a sandy hillock furnished protection, they had planted their batteries, and as soon as the British came within range, opened a tremendous fire. The English artillery replied, and under cover of its line of flame, the infantry completed its formation, and moved to its positions. In the meanwhile, the cavalry came down like a whirlwind on the enemy's left, drove it back, and wheeling short around, swept along the whole rear of both the army and batteries, and drove their cavalry from the field. This sudden apparition _of a cloud of horse in their rear, so paralyzed the Sikhs that, for a time, they ceased to work their guns. A similar, though not so entirely successful a movement, was made on...show more

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236862155
  • 9781236862150