The Life and Services of General Lord Harris During His Campaigns in America, the West Indies and India

The Life and Services of General Lord Harris During His Campaigns in America, the West Indies and 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. 1840 edition. Excerpt: scene new to me, and difficult, perhaps, to any one. To-morrow I shall attempt to describe the course of events. "March 28th for 27.--Marched for Mallavelly in the expectation of being cannonaded while crossing the swampy ground before it, but found it abandoned. On reconnoitring from a cavalier in the fort, we perceived Tippoo's army in motion about three miles from us, and I was much pleased to see he was going off. I directed the Quartermaster-General to mark out our ground, which he had scarcely effected, before a cannonade opened from two 24-pounders at so great a distance, that the balls fell dead. Observing that they fell amongst a brigade of sepoys, which had formed in column instead of line, and also that the picquets were going too far and too near a large body of horse moving from their ground of encampment, I went down with the design of changing the position of the brigade, and reinforcing the picquets, when several other guns opened, and the horse came so close to the picquets as to oblige them to give a fire of the division in front. Colonel Sherbrooke also sent me information that large bodies of infantry and cavalry were very near him. "I ordered a regiment of cavalry to support him as quick as possible, and a native battalion to follow, when meeting Close, I agreed to adopt his idea of forming our line on the picquets to be ready, but still in the intention of only showing it. But the cannonade increasing, and information being brought me that there was a very large force in the hollow way beyond the ridge of the hill, I thought it advisable to advance the line to see what they were. I soon perceived a large force of cavalry and infantry on the side of the next ridge apparently not retiring, and some force more

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  • Paperback | 126 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 1236520491
  • 9781236520494