Lieutenant General Crommelin, C.B., Royal (Bengal) Engineers: A Memoir and a Retrospect

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W. Pollard, 1887 - India - 40 pages
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Page 35 - I am aware of no parallel to our series of mines in modern war," wrote General Outram, on the final relief of the garrison ; "twenty-one shafts, aggregating 200 feet in depth, and 3,291 feet of gallery, have been executed. The enemy advanced twenty mines against the palaces and outposts. Of these they exploded three, which caused us loss of life, and two which did no injury ; seven have been blown in ; and out of seven others the enemy have been driven, and their galleries taken possession of by...
Page 26 - City, has been maintained for eight weeks in a certain degree of security, and notwithstanding the close and constant musketry fire from loop-holed walls and windows, often within thirty yards, and from every lofty building within rifle range, and notwithstanding a frequent, though desultory fire of round shot and grape from guns posted at various distances from seventy to...
Page 26 - Quartermaster-General's departments, zealously aided by the brave officers and soldiers, who have displayed the same cool determination and cheerful alacrity in the toils of the trench, and amidst the concealed dangers of the mine, that they had previously exhibited when forcing their way into Lucknow at the point of the bayonet, and amidst a most murderous fire.
Page 26 - KCB, and now submitted to his excellency, will explain how a line of gardens, courts and dwelling-houses, without fortified enceinte, without flanking defences, and closely connected with the buildings of a city, has been maintained...
Page 15 - Havelock, CB, commanding the field force in Oude. Concurring, as the Commander-in-Chief does, in everything stated in the just eulogy of the latter by Sir James Outram, his Excellency takes this opportunity of publicly testifying to the Army his admiration for an act of self-sacrifice and generosity, on a point, which, of all others, is dear to a real soldier.
Page 15 - Seldom — perhaps never — has it occurred to a Commander-in-Chief to publish and confirm such an Order as the following one, proceeding from Major-General Sir James Outram, KCB With such a reputation as MajorGeneral Sir James Outram has won for himself he can afford to share glory and honour with others.
Page 26 - ... temerity, being intercepted and slain at all points. Their loss on that day was reported in the city to have been 450 men. A company of miners, formed of volunteers from the several corps, was placed at the disposal of the Chief Engineer, which soon gave him the ascendancy over the enemy, who were foiled at all points, with the loss of their galleries and mines, and the destruction of their miners in repeated instances.
Page 24 - The soldiers of the 90th, forming the baggage guard, received them with great gallantry, but lost some brave officers and men, shooting down, however, twenty-five of the troopers, and putting the whole body to flight. They were finally driven to a distance by two guns of Captain Olpherts...
Page 34 - This error in the position of the charge is not to be wondered at, when it is considered — 1st.. that we could not, by the most careful survey, satisfy ourselves as to the exact position of the Hern Khana ; and 2ndly, that we could not survey the mine itself with the prismatic compass, as no lights would burn owing to the foulness of the air near the end of a gallery that had been carried to the (I believe) unprecedented length of 289 feet without the aid of air-pipes. On the morning of the 16th...
Page 25 - ... general order of this day, that the rewards and honours therein specified shall be at once awarded to the officers and men of the two services and to the civilians respectively. " This notice must not be closed without mention of those noble women who, little fitted to take part in such scenes, have assumed so cheerfully and discharged so earnestly their task of charity in ministering to sickness and pain.

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