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the breasts of the victors with a medal, as soon as the report of these operations shall be received from the Commander-in-Chief.
Incessantly engaged in sharing with his brave troops their fatigues, and showing by his personal example at the head of his troops the value of enduring privations with patience, it has been impossible for his Excellency the Commander-in-Chief, in the midst of so many occupations, to furnish to the Governor-General a detailed report of these brilliant successes.
The Governor-General, however, cannot refrain from notifying to the honourable the President in Council, to the army, and to the people of India, these results, so honourable to the British arms; and he directs that this notification be carefully made known to all the troops by being read on their parades, and communicated to all the departments of the Government, civil and military, and that a salute of twenty-one guns be fired from this fort of Ferozepore, this day at one o'clock, and at every principal station of the army as soon as the notification shall be received.
These grateful and heartfelt acknowledgments to the army for its services cannot be closed without humbly remembering that our thanks are due to Him who is the only Giver of all victory, and without whose aid the battle is not to the strong.
The Governor-General therefore invites every British subject at this station to return thanks to Almighty God, this day at eleven o'clock, for the mercies He has so recently vouchsafed us, by assembling at the Governor-General's tent, where prayers and thanksgivings will be read by the Governor-General's chaplain. By order of the Right Hon. the Gov.-Gen. of India,
General Orders by the Right. Hon. the Governor-General of India.
Camp, Ferozepore, December 30, 1845. The Governor-General having received from the Commanderin-Chief in India the despatches, dates of which are noted in the
margin,* directs that they be published for the information of the army and people of India.
The first despatch from his Excellency reports the operations of the army on the evening of the 18th inst., at Moodkee, where the enemy attempted to surprise the British camp, and were repulsed at all points with the loss of 17 guns.
The second despatch reports the glorious successes obtained by the army under the immediate command of his Excellency, on the evening of the 21st, and the morning of the 22nd, at Ferozeshah, where the British army assaulted the intrenched camp of the Sikhs, defended by 108 pieces of cannon, some of heavy calibre, and, after driving the enemy from his position, captured 74 guns. Thus the enemy have been forced to relinquish to their victors on these occasions upwards of 90 pieces of artillery, with all the munitions of war in their camp.
All the objects which the Governor-General desired to effect have been accomplished by his Excellency the Commander-in-Chief.
The British force posted at Ferozepore, thus suddenly and treacherously surrounded by the Sikh army, with a park of artillery, has been relieved; the brave garrison, under its able commander MajorGeneral Sir J. Littler, not only maintained a firm attitude of defence, but had the satisfaction, so grateful to brave soldiers, of skilfully forming a junction with the Umballa force, and gallantly taking part in the discomfiture of the enemy which had so recently invested them.
The Governor-General again cordially congratulates his Excellency General Sir Hugh Gough, G.C.B., on the great and important victories obtained by the army under his immediate command.
The Governor-General, in the name of the Government and of the people of India, gratefully acknowledges the noble services rendered to the public by his Excellency the Commanner-in-Chief, by all the general and other officers, by the non-commissioned officers, and soldiers of the brave Indian army.
The Governor-General's thanks are due to all the infantry regi
* December 19th and 22nd.
ments of Her Majesty, and to the First European Light Infantry of the East India Company's Service, all of which regiments distinguished themselves by the most devoted courage in braving the destructive fire of the enemy's batteries, and valiantly capturing their guns.
The Governor-General offers his thanks more especially to Her Majesty's 3rd Dragoons, who, on all these occasions, sought opportunities of useful conflict with the enemy, and fought with that superiority over their opponents, which skill and discipline impart to brave and determined men.
The European and Native Artillery maintained their accustomed character for steady unyielding courage, when exposed to a very heavy and galling fire.
The Governor-General's thanks are justly due to the brave infantry of the Native army, whose valour so mainly contributed to these victories, and he cannot withhold his admiration for the patience and perseverance with which they endured privations inseparable from forced marches.
The Artillery, Cavalry, and Infantry, united together by the bonds of mutual esteem, may be confident that, when they rely on each other's courage, the three arms, combined and acting together, will be ever found to be an invincible enemy.
The Government of India, as a tribute of their esteem for the meritorious conduct of the troops engaged in the recent operations, will grant to every officer and soldier in the service of the Government of India, engaged in these battles, a medal to be worn with their uniforms, on which the word “Ferozeshah” shall be inscribed, as denoting that they have served in this important campaign.
The Commander-in-Chief will be so good as to furnish the Governor-General with lists of all the officers and soldiers engaged in the operations of this campaign.
The Governor-General is further pleased to order that the following corps be permitted to wear the word “Ferozeshah" upon their appointments, standards, and colours, in perpetual commemoration of their gallant services:
1st and 3rd Brigades Horse Artillery; 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Com
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