Reminiscences of the Burmese War in 1824-5-6

Reminiscences of the Burmese War in 1824-5-6

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This first-hand account of the First Anglo-Burmese War (1824-6) was written by Captain Frederick Doveton of the Royal Madras Fusiliers and published in 1852. Intending to feed the contemporary British fascination with tales of Burma and its people, Doveton gives a brief history of the conflict, placing it into the context of the events leading up to the outbreak of the Second War (1852-3). He then offers a 'personal narrative' of his experiences, aimed at a popular rather than professional readership. His descriptions of Burmese life, landscape, and customs are full of anecdotes. These include his surprise at the natives playing chess, and his experience of having a tattoo; but he also shows respect for a people with an ancient history and culture, and conveys vividly the complexities and hardships of warfare and army life in an inhospitable terrain.show more

Product details

  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 5 b/w illus.
  • 1139176862
  • 9781139176866

Table of contents

Preface; Introduction; 1. Embarkation, and fall of Rangoon; 2. Attack upon Kimmendine; 3. Capture of Kimmendine. Adventure on picket; 4. Scarcity of provisions, prevalence of sickness, etc.; 5. Capture of the Fort and Pagoda of Syriam; 6. Dalla Creek stockades. An ambuscade; 7. Military flogging. False alarms. Quarters. Burmah priests, etc.; 8. Expedition to Pegue; 9. Investment of Rangoon by the enemy; 10. Defence of Kimmendine; 11. The Irrawaddy. Fall of Denobew, etc.; 12. Capture of Sittang in Pegue; 13. Conclusion of the War.show more