Recollections of Thirty-Nine Years in the Army; Gwalior and the Battle of Maharajpore, 1843, the Gold Coast of Africa, 1847-48, the Indian Mutiny, 185

 
9781150587597: Recollections of Thirty-Nine Years in the Army; Gwalior and the Battle of Maharajpore, 1843, the Gold Coast of Africa, 1847-48, the Indian Mutiny, 185

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1898 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III 1843. AT ALLAHABAD I join the Buffs--An execution parade--Remnants of 44th Regiment--Allahabad--Sickness--Papamow--Cobra bite--Accident--Natural history--Agriculture--Locusts--Hindoo girl's song--Society--Lord Sahibs--Their staffs--Rumours of war--Preparations--The start--Affairs in Gwalior--The Punjab. T IGHTEEN months had elapsed since the day when we left Chat 1 J ham to that on which we joined the distinguished regiment1 of which I was a member, the manner of my reception kind and friendly. As the regiment passed through Cawnpore, a short halt was ordered to take place; the camp to be pitched on that part of the parade ground, afterwards to be occupied by the defences in connection with which the story of General Wheeler and his party has left so many sad associations. The object of that halt appeared in Division Orders--the carrying into execution of sentence of death passed by General Court-Martial on a soldier of the regiment convicted of murdering a comrade. This was to be the first regimental parade on which I was to appear. By sunrise the troops were in their places, so as to form three sides of a square, the fourth being partly occupied by the construction above which the fatal beam and its supports stood prominent. The procession of death began its march, the regimental band wailing forth the Dead March; then came the coffin, carried by low-caste natives; then the condemned man, ghastly pale, strongly guarded. Thus did they proceed until they arrived at the place of execution. The eyes of most of us were averted, and so we saw not the further details of the sad drama. Regiment after regiment marched past the structure, from which dangled the body of a man; thence to their respective barracks or tents, their bands playing "rollicking"...

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