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dency and the city of Nagpore, at the same ward to the attack. It was with the atmost time taking possession, with the first batta- disficulty tbat they had been prevailed on lo lion 24th regiment native infantry, of a hill wait for the cavalry, and I found my utmost about three hundred yards on the left of this exertions necessary to prevent the hill we position, and to relain which was of the were oo from being deserted. On the near utmost consequence to our retaining pos. approach of our troops the Arabs filed, session of Sertabaldee. Having made all leaving two guns. Captain Lloyd took tbe arrangements that I thought necessary possession of the bill, supported by Captains during the 26th, at six p. m. of that day, I Macon and J. Macdonald, Lieutenants Waiwas posting sentries, accompanied by Capt. W. Macdooald, and Campbell. LieaBayley, on the face of the hill, and in front tenaot and Adjutant Grant, Ist battalion of the Arab village at the foot of the hill, 24th regiment Native Infantry, who had into which we had during the day observed been twice wounded during the night, in Jarge bodies of Arabs with five guns to be the defence of the hill, was here killed; sent to reinforce a party of the Rajah's in- and I beg leave to offer my tribute of praise, fantry, who had been previously posted and to express my regret for the lass of a there, when the Arabs in the village opened most gallant officer. Shortly after the Arabs a fire on our small party, although previously beginning to collect in considerable numbers informed that it was merely a matter of in front of the hill, and the cavalry having military precaution, customary with us, (to by this time returned with their captured which they had assented), and that it was not guns to the Residency, a charge of a troop my intention to molest them. Seeing their of cavalry, led by Cornet Smith, round the determination to commence hostilities, and base of the hill, io wbich he cut op number the small party with me having shewn the of them, soemed so totally to dispirit them, utmost forbearance, and until this time pot that from this time their attacks in every having fired a shot, I directed them to fire a gaarter began to slacken, and at twelve volley, and retreated to the top of the hill entirely ceased. under the fire of all the troops posted in I can never sufficiently express my admi. the village.

ration of the conduct of the troops on this The action immediately commenced on occasioa. To Major M'Kenzie, second in 3 both sides, and continued incessantly until command, and to every oficer and indivi. twelve o'clock the following day, when it dual engaged, have to offer my thanks, in ceased. In consequence of their great loss which are feebly expressed in my orders and fatigues, I found it necessary to with issued on that occasion, and of which I' draw the 1st battalion 24th regiment, toge- inclose a copy. Mr. Jenkins, Resident, was ther with a party of the 1st battalion 20th present during the whole action, and his regiment, by whom they bad been reinforced animating conduct tended, in a very cons-:during the night, at five a. m of the 27th derable degree, to excite the troops in their instant, and to confine the defence of the doty. I have to deplore the deaih of Mr. bill on our left (which had been strengthened Sotheby, his first Assistant, a gallant gentle during the night by a breast-work of bags man, who had also been present from the of grain), to the immediate possession of first, and exposing himself in every situation, the top. For this purpose I had detached was severely wounded towards the close of Captain Lloyd with one hundred men of the action, and died in the course of the the Resident's escort, and fifty inen of the day. Ist battalion 20th regiment Native Infantry, I shall by to-morrow's tappal (post) forunder an European officer. A body of ward regular returns of the killed aod Arabs gained possession of this post, at wounded, which I am sorry to say is consi. eight a. m. hy the charge of an overwhelm. derable, amounting to 14 oficers, and 533 ing force up the face of the hill; after killed and wounded, of all other ranks, Captain Lloyd had displayed the utmost

I have, &c. &c. gallantry in endeavouring to keep his men

H. S. SCOTT, to their duty and to maintain the post.

At

Lieut.-Col, commanding at Nagpore. this moment, Caprain Fitzgerald, reinforced

P.S. From the best information I can by a Native officer, and twenty five iroopers

obtain, and my observations, the enemy of the Madras Body guard, charged an in

The mense body of the evemy's best horse, and opened upwards of 35 guns upon us. having captured their guos, which were

number of their cavalry is said to amount

to 12,000, and their infantry 8,000, 3,500 immediately turned upon them, he remained

of which are Arabs, from whom we met our in posession of the plain, covered in every direction with the tiying enrmy.

Whilst we

principal loss. were waiting for spikes 10 send to Captain

Camp, Nagpore, 29th Nov. 1817. Fitzgerald io spike the enemy's guns, it ORDERS BY LIÉCTENANT-COL, SCOTT, being my lotention to recall bim to support

Parole, Seetabaldy. an attack of the iofaolry on the hill in the The commanding officer congratulates the possession of the Arabs, an explosion was troops on the happy results of their gallant observed to take place in the midst of ther, conduct on the 2615 and 971h instant. The and the troops wità oue accord rosbed for detachment of three troops of the Guba regi

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peat Bengal cavalry have covered them- to endure, and to Captain Bayley, who
selves with glory, in charging so greatly a continued tbose exertions even after he was
superior body of the enemy's cavalry; and, severely wounded.
in the captore of iwo of their heavy guns,

It is the intention of the commanding bave secured a trophy of their gallant con- officer that every corps, officer, and indivi. duct ea tbis occasion, and the commanding dual present at the defence of Seetabaldy, officer will consider it a most pleasing part shall be considered as participating in the of his duty in rendering to Captain Fitzge- praises and thanks conveyed in the above raid, for his promptitude and decision in seiz. orders, which is to be fully explained by ing the critical moment for making his attack, Majör M'Kenzie, to the 1si batialion 20th and to the others and every individual of Native Infantry, as the commanding officer bis detachment, that degree of praise which could not so extend his orders as to mention be considers their conduct entitles them to, every individual to whom he acknowledges in bis report to his stperiors.

commendations are due. The numerous list of 149 killed and Present state of corps and detachments, Weended in the first battalion 241h Native as they stood on the 26th instant, previous Jofastry, suficiently marks the arduous task to the commencement of the attack, as also bat corps had to perforin in the maintenance the returns of the killed and wounded, of their post on the night of the 26th specifying the names of officers, to be sent instant. The commanding officer has to to the Major of Brigade as soun as pos. deplore the loss of Captain Saddler, the sible. oficer who commanded the corps in the Captain J. Charlesworth to assume the rarlier part of the night, and Captain immediate charge of the Ist battalion 20th Charlesworth being wounded who succeeded regimeot of Native Infantry, from the 27th bin; but he can never sufficiently admire iostant, vice Captain Sadler. His cool, determined, and officer-like con- The three troops 6h regiment Bengal duet

, when he bad an opportunity of ob- Cavalry to join the head quarters of their serving him in the command of the corps, corps with Lieutenant-Colonel Graham's as well as that of Captain J. M'Donald, on detachment. whon this important charge devolved after

Grand Total of Killed and Wounded, wards, and bas fixed those officers in his biga estimation as worthy to bold so impor- adjutante, 'l assistant-surgeon, 1 serjeant

I Major, 6 captains, 7 lieutenants, 3 tant a trust. The gallant enthusiasm of those officers dars, 3 jemedars, 18 bavildars, I corporal,

major, 2 quarter-master-serjeants, 5 subeandmen of the different corps (particularly 2 drummers, 303 rank and file, 10 gun lastbose of the 1st battalion 24ih regiment Native Jofantry) who were first to rush

cars, 1 recruit boy, 1 borse-keeper, 2 serforward in the charge to recover the hill in jeants, 45 horse. the temporary possession of the Arabs, will Names of the Officers Killed and Wounded. ever remain impressed on bis mind as worthy

KILLED, of bis lasting admiration, and the subject of

Jst Batt. 20th Reg. N. 1.-Lient. Clarke. bis praise in his report to the Commander- Ist Batt. 24th Reg. N. I.-Captain Sadis-Chief, in which he will not fail to record ler, Lieutenant and Adjutant Girant. the name of Captain Lloyd, and those Unauached--Mr. Assistant Surgeon Ni. oäicers who accompanied the attack. With respect to the Artillery he needs

WOUNDED. merely to say, that Lieutenant Maxwell and Detachment 6th Reg. B. C.-Lieut. R. the men conducted theinselves, as the Coast W. Smith, Lieutenant aod Adjuraat HearArtillery are ever known to do, as gallant sey, severely. and steady soldiers in the execution of their Detachment of Foot Artillery-Lieut. duty; and he has to regret the numerous Maxwell, slightly. casualties in that corps. To Major Jenking 1st Batt. 20th Reg. N. 1.- Major Mac. be offers his thanks for his exertious while kenzie, slightly; Captain Pew, severely ; in command of the Artillery,

Lieut. Dụn, slightly. To Lirutenant Doo, the Pioneers, and Ist Bait, 24ih Reg. N. 1.- Capt. Charlesmen employed in streng:heping the hill on

worth, Lieut. Thuillier, severely. the left of Ibe position, the commanding

Resident's Escort-Caplain Lloyd, se. oficer considers great praise is due for their verely.

Major Jenkin's Batt.- Captain Robison,
To captain Stone, Lientenant Richie, and slightly; Captain and Adjutant Bayley,
Dr. Gordon, he offers his best thanks for severely,
their gallantry in the attack, capture, and

H. S. Scott, Lieut.-Col. spiking of two of the enemy's twelre

Commanding at Nagpore. pounders

, defended by a body of Arabs.
To the officers who acted on bis immediate

List of Guns captured from the Enemy on staff, Captains Taylor, Stone, and Hindley,

the 26th and 27th Nov. at Nagpure, be ofers bis siocere thanks for their indefa- 2. Brass nine.pounders, 2 brass foire tigable exertions onder the fatigue they had pounders, 2 brass iuelve pounders.. Europ. Mag. Vol. LXXIII. May 1818.

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Estract from a Despatch from the Governor wards which place the enemy is reported to

in Council at Bombay, to the Secret Com. have fled after the action of the 21st. mittee, dated 5th of Janvary; 1818. Accounts have been received from Lieu

tenant-Colonel Burr, dated the 3d, intimaSince our last letter to your Honourable ting, that Captain Staunton, commanding Committee, dated the ed instant, was closed, the second battalion' lst regiment of Bomwe have received through the Resident at bay Native Infantry, bad been fortunately, Nagpore, the copy of a despatch from Bri- able to commence bis march back to Seroor, gadier-General Doveton, to the Adjulant- with 125 wounded, having buried about General of the army of the Deccan, dated 50 at Goregaum, and left 12 or 15 there, the 19th of last mónib, á transcript of which very badly wounded ; that the Peishi wa had we have the honour to inclose.

proceeded southward, General Smith being Od á perusať of that despatch, your in pursuit, which has probably saved the Honourable Committee will learn, that after battalion. the arrival of the Rajah of Berar at the Residency, and a compliance on the part of Copy of a Report from Brigadier-General his highness with all the conditions which Doveton, commanding the 2d Division of had been deminded of him, the Brigadier- the Army of the Deccan, to the Adjutaxt. General, in proceeding to take possession of

General, dated Camp; Nagpóre, 1911 Dec. the artillery and to disperse the Rajali's 1917, with an enclosure. troops, was attacked by a large body of Sir, tfie enemy, on the 16th December, which I had the honour of reporting, for his he completely defeated, and no less than

Excellency the Commanders-in-Chief's inseventy-five pieces of orddance fell into his

formation, (through the Quarter Masterhands, with the loss of one bundred and

General of ihe Army) my arrival at this thirty med killed and wounded ; ille return referred to was omitted to be forwarded : equipped, on the morning of the 12th, in

place with a part of the force. highly but we understand, by a letter received

expectation of being joined by the remainfrom Lieutenant-Colonel Burr, that no der on the following day. officer was among the number of either. . These, troops did join me on the even

We offer to your Honourable Committee ing of the 13th, and I determined to allow oor bearly congratulations on this happy them' sufficient time to recover their fatigues and complete termination of the contest at after so long a march, previous to the ResiBerar, the effects of wbich can hardly be dent making known to the Rajah the terms estimated at this interesting crisis.

which it was proposed to grant him, in order Letters from Lieutenant-Colonel Burr, that I might have it in my power to attack and Lieutenant Roberison of the Ise of his troops inmediately in the event of bis this month, acquaint us that the Prishwa not agreeing to them. I accordingly en had re-appeared with his troops in dlie the afternoon of the 13th, ordered the vicinity of Poonah, with the supposed in- whole of the stores and baggage of the tention of attacking the British detach- force, to proceed and take post noder the ment, under the command of the first men- Sutabuldur hill, where they would be protioned officer, and the city.

tected by the 1st battalion 20th, and ist, The second battalion of the Ist regiment battalion 24th regiment, and a baliation of of Bombay Native Infantry, which Colonel bis highness the Nizam's Infantry, I having Burr had ordered to join him from Seroor, placed the troops in the order I intended. has been attacked and surrounded by large they should attack, the whole slept aper bodies of the coemy, and has suffered con- their arms to be in readiness to commence siderably. It had reached the town of hostilities at half past four o'clock che Goregaum, within about 14 miles of Poona, following morving, previous to which time and, we hope, it may be enabled to protect the Rajab's determination would be knowo, itself against further loss, until succours. Early in tbe morning I received information may be sent to it.

from the Resident that his highness bad The only further account we have received agreed to the terms proposed," and was from the head-quarters of the army of the hoorly expected at the Residency; the time Deccan with Sir Thomas Hislop. reports, fixed however elapsed, and the Resident was wc regret to say, that upwards of 30 Euro- told, that the troops could not well be furpean officers and 700 men were killed and ther delayed in their movements should the wounded at clie battle of the 21st of Dec. Rajah not soon make his appearance ; with About 2000 infantry of the enemy had been his approval, therefore, I shortly after moved killed in the field and during the pursui!, down: I took up the position from which I and opwards of 60 cannon had fallen into intended the troops should commence the our hands. The names of the officers ad. attack : soon after my reaching it, I was verted to are not mentioned.

informed of the Rajah's arrival at the The last accounts from Major-General Sir Residency, of his having given orders 10 W.G. Keir, are dated at Rutlaum, the 25t0; put in any possession the whole of his artilof December. The Bombay division was very by twelve o'clock, and that the agent moving in the direction of Rampoor, to- 'from bim would arrive in my camp for that

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purpose. I accordingly waited the arrizal mapper: and I am happy, after bearing of tbe axent, and accompanied by bim ibis geoeral testimony to the merits of the proceeded with the wbole of my force in officers and men of the division under my batalion columns of divisions, followed by command, to mention more particularly for the diferent reserves in line.

his Excellepcy's information, those of LieuOp my approach to the first battery, it tenant Colonels Bohan, M'Leod, Scott, pa drawp out in line ready to oppose us, Mackellar, and Crosdile, commanding bribat having came rather unexpectedly upon gades of cavalry, infanıry, and arullery, it, de edemy quitted their guns and retired and of Major Munk and Captain Western, kuring taken possession of bese, and left commanding corps of cavalry, and of Liens the division ander Lieutenant-Colopel Scout senant-Colonel Stewart and Fraser, Major ia charge of them, I continued my advapce Pereira, Pollock, M’Dowal, Wildpy, Macin the same order, when shortly after a beavy bian, and Garner, commanding corps of fire was opened on as by a large body of infantry and artillery. I most also bring to troops

, posted in the Sucker Durry Gardens, bis Excellency's façonrable notice the merits phich was followed by a general discharge of Lieutepant Poggenpobl, in command of from the whole of their batteries; the in- the horse artillery, aud of Lieutenant Ran. fantry consisted of the divisions under ter, of that corps, the latter of whom Liedienaot-Colonel M'Leod and Mackellor, having been attached to the column where supported by a battery and a reserve of I myself was, asforded me an opportunity infantry under Lieptenant-Colonel Crosdile; of witnessing personally his uncommon ex. and a reserve of iofantry under Lieutenant- ertions; to Major M’Leod and the officers Colonel Stewart, cootinued their advance of the General Staff, and to Captains More until the ground could admit of a formation gap and Edmonds, my personal Staff, I am in lide, when the enemy's batteries in the quite at a loss to express how much I feel front were carried in a most gallant manner myself indebted; nor quşi | omit to med: at the point of the bayonet.

tion the uncommon zeal and inclivity of The horse artillery under Lieutenant Pog: Lieutenant Davis, senior engineer in the renpohl, and cavalry in parallel regimental field, during the entire movements ; I am colorons of divisions under Lieutenant.Colo- likewise much indebied to Caplains Lucas, nel Gohan, supported by their reserve of Grant, and Nixon, and to Lieutenants Da. gallopers and cavalry under Captain Smith, vidson, Fenwick, and Sherrit', who volonwere bred upon at the same time, and having teered their services on this occasion; of Ma. made a detour round a tank immediately in jor Addison's valuable service, I was yofor, front of the Socker Durry Gardens, charged tunately deprived by severe indisposition. and carried instantly the balleries opposed Before I conclude this despatch, I beg to them in a most dashing style, driving at leave to mention, for his Excellency's fure the same time before thein an iminense mass ther information, that the Resident having of the themy's cavalry, which they rooted previously requested that his brother, Major and pursued as loog as there was a chance Jenkins, commanding the infantry of ine of doing them any mischief.

Rajah's contingerit, might attend inę as an A few of the enemy's guns, which had exira Aid-de Camp on the occasion, it been charged by the cavalry, but which had becomes a pleasing part of my duty to fe-opened their fire upon the latter advan- express how much I was indebied to that cing in pursuit of that of the enemy, were officer for his ancommon exertions, nor can charged and carried again in a very spirited I pass over in silence the merits of Lieuten, Rapher by five companies from the reserve, äot Bayley, attached to the Nagpore conander Lieutenant-Colonel Stewart, by the tingent, who, though suffering under a severe artillery of reserve, and a party of reformed wound receivers in the attack of the 26th, borse, under Captain Pedlar, who distin. volunteered his services, and from his local, geished themselves much on the occasion ; knowledge, was of great use to me. and by half-past one o'clock the whole of His highness the Nizam's troops, under the enemy's gons and camp equippage were the command of Major Pilmad, having in our possession, together with upwards of heen previously delached to bring on the. forty elephants.

baggar, were prevented being present in, His Excellency the Commander-in-Chief the action; but I am thoroughly convinced, will be gratified to learn, by the accompa- that had it been otherwise, they would have bying list of killed and wounded, that our distinguished themselves equally with the loss bas not been so considerable as might other troops. I enclose for his Excellency's have been expected, from the great saperi- information, a return of the killed, ority of the enemy's cannon; the wounds, wounded, and missing, of the division I However, I regret to say, are generally have the hoqour to command, as also of the Bevere, being chiefly from cannon-chni. orduance, &c, capiured from the enemy. li gives the much satisfaction to assure his

I have, &c. Excellency the Commander-in-Chief, that

J. DoveToY, B.G. the whole of Ilie troops čoln pusing this force' Cump, near Nagpore, Dec. 19, 1847. : who had the good fortune of beipg engaged * Not transmitted, on this occasion, behaved in the most gallant Total number of guns captured, 75,

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Extract from a Report from Brigadier-Ge- On the 7th, during the march upon this

neral Lionel Smith, C.B. commanding the town, he again shewed from six to 7,000 Poona Subsidiary Force, to the Honoura. borse in our rear, and seemed inclined to ble Mountstuart Elphinstone, Resident at attack, but afterwards kept in very disper. the Court of the Peishwa, dated Camp, at sed order. The rear-guard was strengthened Punderpoor, 9th December, 1817, with during the march, and towards the close of one enclosure,

it the enemy annoying us with rockets, I I avail myself of this opportunity to re- directed three troops of the second regia port occurrences since the force left Poona ment of cavalry, and a few infantry of on the 22d ult. ; here he shewed from four the rear-guard. with a galloper, to drive to five ibousand horse in front and rear of them off, which was immediately accom. our column; we pursued one body in plished. advance, of about two thousand, with the

Extract from 4 Report from Brigadier, 2d regiment of cavalry and horse artillery

General Smith, to Lieutenant-General Sir gallopers, but with no great effect, the 28

Miles Nighlingall, K.C.B. dated Camp, regiment of cavalry being a good deal

four miles North of Ahmednuggur, 241k broken down by their recent forced marches. The second and larger body of the enemy

December, 1817.

In a letter I addressed to the Adjutant. hung upon the rear, and the march being very long (24 miles), and winding through

General from Seroor, I begged him to ac. hills, they succeeded, towards the evening, quaint you, that pothing whatever of in: in carrying off from fifteen to twenty bol.

terest had occurred since my report to you locks, and some private baggage also. In

from Panderpore. the course of the day's skirmishing the

The enemy appeared in greater force enemy lost about twenty men and horses.

than I have ever yet seen, since he broke up Our loss was two auxiliaries killed and four

from Gorpurat, at our passage of the Gore wounded. I crossed the Nura the same

river, but he attempted nothing, except keepe evening, and on the 26th reached the bottoin ing up an iucessani freof matchlocks, scarceof the Salpee Ghaut. On the 27th we

ly within cannon range. We had not a man halted to refresh, the enemy threatening to

touched, aod I never returned his fire in defend the pase.

any way. Goklah's, the Vinehoorkur and The following morning we ascended the

Narroo Punt Apty's divisions appear to Ghaut, and perfectly unmolested, until we

have united at that time, and amounted reached the top, when the enemy shewed

probably to about 10,000 horse ; they left about 600 horse, and threw a few rockets:

a small body when I halted between Seroor The advance drove them back with loss,

and Poonah, and then followed the Peishwa, but they gathered strength as they retired in

who, by our latest accounts, was near our front, and towards the close of the inarchi

Nassick. His highness marched himself shewed about 3000, while a larger body through the strong hilly country of Kulliain which had ascended by another pass, hung

and. Puoneer, having been previously joined upon the rear ; the horse artillery gallopers by Trimbucjee with about 1000 Bheels and drove them from the front with great effect.

Arab infantry from Sungunnier : , he had The rear-guard, consisting of the 20 batia.

been also joined on the Beemah by some lion of ihe 9ih regiment, under Major infantry and four or five guns, under Bapoo Thatcher, took an opportunity of musking

Scindiah, the late chief of Darwar. I a galloper, under a division of the auxiliary,

have not yet heard how he disposed of those which the enemy threalened to charge,

guns, but conclude he has not take them which did considerable execution ; we had

with him in the very difficult strong country mo casualties. On the 29;h the enemy were

he has entered, which indeed determined cautions and distant till the close of the me on iny present route, and will enable march, when he shewed about 5000 horse,

me the better to keep him from passing into formed as if disposed to stand.

Khandeish. If I could have possibly per. The advance was thrown forward, and

suaded his highness to any particular route the enemy slowly retired to keep out of

for our advantage, he has brought me in range. The nature of the ground, bowever,

that I should have pamed, and which has enabled me to push upon them rapidly, and

enabled me to provide supplies for our unperceived, when all the gallopers and a

bazar, and every thing we rrquired. tive and a half-inch howitzer opened upon

By his having taken up infantry also (and them with great effect, and they immediately

no other troops can defend him in the Ghaut), dispersed in confusion,' and 'retired for

I earnestly hope I may be able to get op several miles.

with him. I should be at Naboorie to. They disappeared altogether from the

morrow, on the Moola Ghaut, and shall 3011 November to the 6th instant, when they

bave turned all the Ghauls to the westward, came upon our rear again at Inoze, in con

and be prepared to act eitber with or withsiderable strength, but were baffled in every

out light guns. attempt upon our baggage by the rear. * Nol poblished, as it merely warrales tha giard, under Lieutenant-Colonei Cox, of operativos reported in the foregoing ex: the 1st battalion, 6th regiment.

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