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Captain J. Jacob, Commanding Sinde Irregular
Horse, to the Acting Assistant-Ajutant-General, Sinde and Beloochistan.
Camp, near Hyderabad, February 23, 1843.
SIR, WITH reference to Division Orders of the 22d instant, I have the honour to request, that you will bring to the notice of Major-General Sir Charles Napier, K. C. B., commanding in Sinde and Beloochistan, that, throughout the battle fought on the 17th instant, I received the most essential service from my Acting Adjutant, Lieutenant Russell, whose steady, cool, and daring conduct on the occasion, mainly contributed to the good behaviour of the corps I have the honour to command, especially while it was exposed alone for nearly two hours to a heavy fire of artillery, in a most trying position for an irregular sepoy corps, which, until a few months before that day, had, since it was raised, been always dispersed in small detachments, and the men of which had, with few exceptions, never been engaged in any but skirmishing fights. I am also greatly indebted to this officer for the promptness with which he assisted me in the very difficult task of re-forming, after charging through the enemy's camp, when the men were excited to the highest pitch, and when their services were required to repel an expected attack on the rear guard.
I also request, that you will have the kindness to bring to the notice of the Major-General, the excellent conduct of Russuldar Surferay Khan, Jemadar Alladad Khan Nawab, and Duffadar Mhobut Khan. The good conduct of these three rative officers was most conspicuous throughout the day, and particularly on one occasion, when the regiment was moving over ground rendered nearly impassable by water-courses, hedges, and deep cuts filled with thorns and lined by matchlock men ; in advancing at the gallop over these obstacles so many falls took place, that more than fifty of our horses were lying on the ground at once ; this occurred under a very heavy fire from the village and nullahs on the right of the enemy's line, and on this occasion the native officers above mentioned, reformed their men and restored order in a style which was deserving of my highest admiration. I do not mention Lieutenant FitzGerald, my second in command, as I have already brought that officer's services to the notice of the General.
I have, &c.
NOTIFICATION, By the Right Honourable the Governor-General
Palace of Agra, March 20, 1843. THE Governor-General directs the publication of the following extract from a letter, dated the 5th instant, addressed to His Lordship by His Excellency the Governor of Sinde :
“I have received the enclosed account of one of the most gallant actions I ever read of. The damage to the boat is estimated at 200 rupees ; but I imagine your Lordship will order the boatmen more than a mere remuneration.”
The Governor-General directs, that one hundred rupees, in addition to the estimated amount of the damage done to the boat, be paid to the Tindel.
The Governor-General will be gratified if His Excellency the Governor in Council of Bombay should see fit to grant one step of rank to the jemadar, Mookunjee Naick, of the 15th regiment of Bombay native infantry, who commanded on the occasion of this gallant defence made for three days and nights, by a small party of sepoys, against large numbers of Beloochees, and likewise to the havildar, the two naicks, and the six sepoys named by the jemadar, as having particularly distinguished themselves.
The Governor-General requests, that His Excellency the Governor of Sinde will cause the jemadar, and the several non-commissioned officers and sepoys, who composed the detachment engaged, to be informed, that their very brave conduct has been brought to his notice, and receives his especial thanks. By order of the Right Honourable the GovernorGeneral of India,
India, with the Governor-General.
Evidence of Jemadar Mookunjee Naick, 15th Re
giment N. I., relative to the Attack on his Detachment, Strength as below, * by a Party of Beloochees, estimated at from 800 to 1000 Men, on the 19th, 20th, and 21st of February 1843.
ON the morning of the 19th February 1843, about 11 A. M., a party of Beloochees, consisting of about 25 horse and 50 foot, fell suddenly upon my party, when we were quietly cooking our dinners, without the slightest suspicion of any
* 1 Jemadar, 1 Havildar, 2 Naicks, 28 Sepoys.
attack, or of any enemy being near us. The enemy rushed into the lines with loud shout of “ Deen,” “ Deen,” “ Alli,” “ Alli,” and at once killed Mr. Barnes, the sub-conductor, and his wife, who were in their house close to the lines. On hearing the shouts and seeing the enemy, I called out to my men as there was no possibility of “ falling them in” to fire away from their houses, and that now was the time to acquit themselves like men.
The sepoys immediately obeyed my orders and killed nine of the enemy at the first discharge ; two of whom were chiefs, and one of whom I shot myself. The enemy upon this retreated from both sides of the huts, having killed two of my sepoys and wounded five others. As soon as they had retreated to a short distance, I fell in the detachment, and looked about for some defensible position, but seeing none, I ordered my men to take up the wounded, and with our arms and ammunition only, we marched to a large boat which was moored to the bank, about thirty paces from our huts, of which we took possession with the consent of the Tindel, “ Buskoo,” who was on board, and rendered us every assistance. Immediately we were all on board, I cut the cable and pushed off into deep water under a very heavy fire of matchlocks. The enemy by this time amounted to at least 300, and their number was every moment increasing. In getting on board the boat. I had three more of my men wounded, and, but for the high sides of the boat, which sheltered us from the storm of bullets, we could not possibly have escaped. After leaving the bank, we floated up the river about half a coss as the tide was rising, and anchored the boat in deep water, the Beloochees keeping a heavy fire upon us from both banks. On seeing us get on board the boat, the Beloochees seized another large cotra which had just 1843.
arrived from Cutch, and having embarked about 200 men, pushed off in pursuit of us, but the cotra, after proceeding about 100 yards, grounded ; the enemy then procured a smaller boat, similar to the one we were in, and pursued us in that ; on seeing them coming, we weighed anchor and floated up in the Tatta direction, occasionally returning the enemy's fire, which was very heavy, both from the boat and the banks. When the tide turned we cast anchor, upon which the Beloochees put out men to tow their boat up to us, upon which we fired upon the men who were towing, and thus prevented their boat approaching nearer to ours. The enemy then got out six jinjals from the cotra, and tried to sink us with them, but these had no. effect, as they did not know how to use them. In this manner advancing, when the tide rose, and anchoring in deep water when it receded, we continued to fight incessantly for three days and nights. On the morning of the 22d, the enemy fled, and a banyan came on board our boat and informed us, that the English had taken possession of Hyderabad, and that the whole country had become ours. We thereupon returned to Vikkur, and, on the 23d, we proceeded to Annee Bunder, where we found the boat sent from Kurachee by Lieutenant Preedy, on the 17th, and which had arrived on the morning the fight commenced, and had been seized by the enemy. The Tindel of the river boat rendered us the greatest assistance, gave us food, and behaved most nobly. The whole of the detachment behaved most bravely, but the following six men particularly distinguished themselves :
Lixman Sing, 5th Company.