Reminiscences of Forty-Three Years in India : Including the Cabul Disasters, Captivities in Affghanistan and the Punjaub, and a Narrative of the Mutinies in Rajputana
Written by General Sir George St Patrick Lawrence (1804-84) of the British Indian Army, this 1874 book is a memoir of his long and active service in India. The son of a distinguished officer in the army of the East India Company, he arrived in India in 1821, and was a participant in all the major military encounters of the period, including the Anglo-Afghan Wars, where he was involved in the 'Cabul disaster' and later narrowly avoided execution as a hostage, the Anglo-Sikh wars, and the Indian Mutiny, during which he and his family survived great danger. Lawrence, whose health had been undermined during the Mutiny, resigned from the army and returned to England in 1864. He entrusted his letters and diaries to William Edwards of the Bengal Civil Service, who compiled the work from these sources, and supplies a brief overview of Lawrence's career in his preface.
- Electronic book text
- 05 May 2013
- CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
Table of contents
Preface; 1. Receive appointment and proceed to India; 2. Storm and capture of Ghuznee; 3. Apparently tranquil state of Affghanistan; 4. Return of Shah Soojah to Cabul; 5. Surrender of the Ameer Dost Mahomed Khan; 6. Despatch of a force under General Sale to Jellalabad; 7. Position of the Cabul Cantonments; 8. Post of Charekar taken and its garrison destroyed; 9. Military authorities propose to retreat; 10. Particulars of Sir W. Macnaghten's murder; 11. Recover my liberty; 12. Renewed attack on our troops; 13. March from Jugdulluck to Punjsheir River; 14. Death of Le Geyt; 15. Arrive at the fort of Shewakhee; 16. The hostages join us at Shewakhee; 17. Our army withdrawn from Affghanistan; 18. Sir F. Currie appointed Resident at Lahore; 19. Report to Resident mutiny of the Peshawur troops; 20. State of Mewwar in Rajpootana; 21. Major Burton and his two sons proceed to Kotah; Appendix.