Military Service and Adventures in the Far East: Volume 2 : Including Sketches of the Campaigns against the Afghans in 1839, and the Sikhs in 1845-6
This two-volume work, published in 1847 by cavalry officer Daniel Henry Mackinnon (1813-84) describes his military service in India, in the campaigns against the Afghans in 1839 and the Sikhs in 1845-6. In the first edition, reissued here, the author is referred to only as 'a cavalry officer', but in the second edition of 1849, Mackinnon, a career soldier and writer, abandons his anonymity. Volume 2 continues the account of the First Anglo-Afghan War, and the eventual withdrawal of British troops, after which Mackinnon travelled to Delhi and Agra before returning home. He went back east in 1845, when the apparent peace of Northern India was about to be disturbed by the Anglo-Sikh War. Again, his description of the events leading to conflict are somewhat partisan, but his eye-witness accounts of the battles in which he fought (in one of which his horse was shot underneath him) are gripping.
- Electronic book text
- 05 May 2013
- CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
Table of contents
1. The commander-in-chief returns to England; 2. Visit to Agra; 3. Arrival in Calcutta; 4. The British forces; 5. The army advance to attack the Sikhs in their entrenched camp at Ferozeshuhur; 6. Assemblage of the British forces on the Sutlej; 7. Sir Harry Smith advances to attack the Sikhs in their camp; 8. Sir Harry Smith's division march to rejoin the head-quarters of the army; 9. The battle of Sobraon; 10. The British forces cross the Sutlej, and are concentrated at Kussoor; 11. Ratification of the treaty.