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panies, 4th Battalion; 2nd and 4th Companies, 6th Battalion; 2nd Company, 7th Battalion, Foot Artillery; Governor-General's Body Guard; 4th, 5th, and 8th Regiments of Light Cavalry; 3rd, 8th, and 9th Regiments Irrregular Cavalry; 1st European Light Infantry; 2nd, 12th, 14th, 16th, 24th, 26th, 33rd, 42nd, 44th, 45th, 47th, 48th, 54th, and 73rd Regiments of Native Infantry. By order of the Right Hon. the Governor-General of India,
Head Quarters, Camp, Nihalkee, January 28, 1846. The Commander-in-Chief is pleased to direct the publication in General Orders to the army of the following General Order, issued to the army of the Sutlej.
The arrival of Her Majesty's 62nd foot at head quarters offers to the Commander-in-Chief an opportunity, of which he gladly takes advantage, to express the satisfaction it affords him to have the services of this corps available with the force immediately opposed to the enemy.
The chance of war placed the 62nd regiment in opposition to the strongest part of the enemy's entrenched position at the battle of Ferozeshah, on the night of the 21st ultimo.
The following day, after the enemy's position had been carried, the Commander-in-Chief, with several officers of his personal staff, minutely inspected the point attacked by the 62nd regiment. He found it had been defended by numerous guns of heavy calibre served with grape and canister.
The very heavy fire by which the regiment was assailed, and its steady devoted gallantry under the storm, are best attested by the fact, of which his Excellency was an eye witness, of the space in front of, and close to the enemy's battery, having been thickly strewed with the bodies of the brave officers and soldiers who fell in the assault. The Commander-in-Chief finds that seventeen officers and 185 men fell on this occasion, and that the regiment did not desist from its noble efforts to carry the position, until ordered by the brigadier commanding to fall back, as stated in the following extract from the brigadier's report only now received: : “Under these circumstances, seeing her Majesty's 62nd was exposed to a most destructive fire without any object, as they could not move forward, I conceived it my duty to direct them to retire, which they did in almost as good order, making allowance for the heavy loss they had sustained, as that in which they had advanced.”
These are the simple facts of the case, and the Commander-inChief is happy to assure the 62nd regiment, on this the first opportunity of inspecting it, that the conduct of the corps on the night of the 21st ultimo, in the battle of Ferozeshah, has received, and merits, his Excellency's most cordial approbation.
Justice to the 62nd regiment, and to the native regiments brigaded with that corps, demands this exposition of the sentiments of the Commander-in-Chief, in correction of an erroneous impression with respect to the conduct of the brigade, which has been produced by the publication, purely through an oversight, of a despatch written exclusively for his Excellency's information. By order of his Excellency the Commander-in-Chief,
J. R. Lumley, Major-General,
Adjutant-General of the Army.
General Order by the Governor-General of India.
Camp, Ferozepore, February 2, 1846. The Governor-General announces to the Army and the People of India, that he has received from His Excellency the Commanderin-Chief of the Army, a report by Major-General Sir Harry Smith, K.C.B., dated the 30th ultimo, giving the details of a complete victory gained by the troops under the immediate command of the Major-General, on the 28th January, over the Sikh forces commanded by the Sirdar Runjoor Sing Mujethea.
In this decisive and glorious action, the enemy's infantry were dislodged from every position and village they attempted to hold, by
rapid charges at the point of the bayonet. Their horsemen were driven from every part of the field by repeated charges, in which the superior valour of the European and Native Cavalry was most conspicuous, and the Artillery, moving with its accustomed celerity, was always well to the front; directing its fire with precision and effect. The result of these noble efforts of the three arms of artillery, cavalry, and infantry, in which the valour and discipline of the troops were happily combined with the skill of the commander, has been the signal defeat of the enemy, who was driven across the river with great loss, his camp being captured, and fifty-two pieces of artillery remaining in the hands of the victors.
These trophies, in addition to those taken at Ferozeshah and Moodkee, complete the number of 143 pieces of artillery taken in the field from the enemy, since the British army moved from its cantonments to repel a most unprovoked aggression on its territories.
To Major-General Sir Harry Smith, and to the brave troops he commanded, the Governor-General conveys the tribute of his admiration, and the grateful acknowledgments of the Government and the People of India. The service rendered was most important, and was accomplished by the ability of the commander and the valour of the troops.
The Governor-General's thanks are due to Brigadier Wheeler, who, although still suffering from the wounds received at Moodkee, energetically headed his brigade, composed of her Majesty's 50th Regiment, the 48th Native Infantry, and the Sirmoor Battalion. Great praise is also due to Brigadiers Godby and Hicks, who with the 36th Native Infantry and Nusseree Battalion, H.M.'s 31st, and the 24th and 47th Native Infantry, stormed the village of Aliwal, drove the enemy from it, and seized the guns by which it was defended.
The Governor-General has much satisfaction in observing the warm terms of admiration in which the Major-General speaks of the Nusseree and Sirmoor battalions, and the Shekawattee brigade under Brigadier Penny, Captain Fisher, and Major Forster. These corps nobly emulated the example of the regular regiments of Infantry.