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original reports of Major-General M'Caskill, K.H. and those of the Officers under his orders, during the advance on, and subsequent march from, Cabool, as there is- every reason to believe the copies transmitted to head-quarters never reached your office.
Major-GeneralJ. M'Caskill, K. H. Commanding Infantry Division, to the Assistant-AdjutantGeneral.
Camp, near Cabool, September 16, 1842. SIR,
I BEG to report, for the information of MajorGeneral Pollock, C. B. that the column detailed in the margin,* which he entrusted to my command on the 6th instant, completed its advance from Gundamuck to Soorkhab, and again its forced march from Kuttur Sung to Tezeen, with little interruption from the enemy; but on the route from Soorkhab to Jugdulluck, and from the latter place to Kuttur Sung, the Ghilzies showed themselves in considerable force and attacked our columns and baggage with much boldness and perseverance. All their efforts were, however, foiled by the steadiness of the troops, and the good dispositions of Brigadier Monteath, C. B., and the Officers commanding our advanced and rear guards, especially Lieutenant-Colonel Richmond, 33d regiment native infantry, and Major Skinner, Her Majesty's 31st. It is gratifying to
* 2 guns, 3d troop 1st brigade H. A.; 2 guns, 3d troop 2d brigade; head quarters, and two squadrons 1st light cavalry; ressallah 3d irregular cavalry; Her Majesty's 31st regiment; right wing 33d N. L; right wing 60th N. I.; Captain Ferris' corps of Jezailchees; detachment of cavalry and infantry, and camel guns of the Lahore contingent.
me to have to state, that a predatory enemy was unable to capture from us the least article of our baggage or stores, and that the only loss sustained of this kind, which could be deemed of importance, arose from the total exhaustion of a portion of our carriage animals, when our march was necessarily doubled, to enable us to rejoin the head-quarters at Tezeen. I beg to enclose a return of casualties on the 9th, 10th, and 11th instant.
Brigadier T. Monteath, C. B., Commanding ith Brigade, to Captain Havelock, Deputy Assistant-Adjutant-General, Infantry Division.
SIR, Camp, Tezeen, September 12, 1842.
I HAVE the honour, for the information of Major-General M'Caskill, K. H., to transmit to you reports from Lieutenant-Colonel Bolton, Her Majesty's 31st regiment; Lieutenant-Colonel Richmond, 33d native infantry; and Major Skinner, Her Majesty's 31st regiment, detailing the occurrences on the rear guards, from Soorkhab to this place.
In regard to those circumstances that came under my own observation and arrangement, I beg to say that, immediately on leaving Soorkhab, the enemy began to shew themselves on the heights and to fire on the troops, and as we approached the Jugdulluck pass, observing that their numbers were becoming formidable, and that they were gradually closing in upon our left, it occurred to me that their object was to allow the main column to get through the pass, and then to attack the baggage when it should be collected at the gorge.
This opinion (and I found it fully confirmed afterwards) induced me to send and direct Lieutenant' Colonel Richmond, commanding the advance, to halt on arriving at the entrance of the pass, and there wait my further instructions.
Having halted the main column, I allowed the ammunition and the whole of the baggage to pass on, and when every thing was up, I then directed Lieutenant-Colonel Richmond to proceed with the advance down the pass and to occupy the heights on each side, which was very properly done by that Officer.
On this operation being completed, I then passed every thing down, and on the rear guard joining me, I moved off with the main column through the pass, to the great disappointment of the enemy, no doubt (as they did not get a single thing), and arrived in camp at half past 8 P.M., a sharp fire having been kept up on the column throughout the pass.
On the march from Jugdulluck to Kutter Sung, from the circumstance of the enemy being in force all round the camp, I directed the advanced guard to move off and allowed the baggage to proceed in its rear, and when about two thirds of it had left the ground, I followed with the main column, leaving the remainder to the care of the rear guard.
On this occasion no loss was sustained, except what is detailed in Lieutenant-Colonel Richmond's report; the main column arrived in camp at 20 minutes after 4 P. M.
On the march from Kuttur Sung to this place, I despatched the whole of the baggage immediately after the advance guard, then moved in rear of it with the main column, leaving the godown bullocks to be looked after by the rear guard.
During the march very little molestation was experienced from the enemy; but I am sorry to say, that in consequence of the two marches having been performed in one, an elephant, the camp equipage of Major Delafosse's troop of artillery, many camels, bullocks, and some private property were lost, owing to the cattle, from their previous exhausted state, not being equal to the work.
The waggons of Captain Alexander's troop required to be pulled nearly the whole way by the men of Her Majesty's 31st regiment, and one waggon was dragged altogether (the horses having been taken out) by the sepoys of the 33d and 60th regiments; the main column arrived in camp at 20 minutes past 7 P. M. It may not be unnecessary for me to report that the sepoys, when called upon to perform the labour of dragging the waggon, came forward with a cheerfulness, and did the work with a spirit that was remarkable and deserving of the highest praise.
The march from Gundamuck to Soorkhab was conducted in the ordinary manner, and nothing deserving of mention occurred.
Enclosed I beg to send a return of casualties.
Major Thomas Skinner, H. M.'s Zlst Regt. in Command of Bear Guard, to Lieutenant Lugard, Brigade Major, Ath Brigade.
Camp, Tezeen, SIR, September Utk, 1842.
I HAVE the honour to report, for the information of Brigadier Monteath, C.B., that when the ground we occupied at Kutter Sung was quite clear of baggage, I withdrew the picquets from the heights above it, and advanced them to those nearest the ascent to the road above until the guns and waggon were passed up, which was accomplished by half past 11 A.M. I then withdrew my posts by the heights on my flanks and continued towards Seh Baba, where I arrived without any molestation about 3 P.M. the necessity of dragging the guns up the many hills on the road rendering our progress slow. From Seh Baba to Tezeen,the rear guard was very much delayed by the many animals who fell exhausted from the heaviness of the march. I am afraid there was much loss of grain and baggage cattle. I destroyed, I hope, every thing that had been left in the rear, and that the enemy gained nothing by the failure of our cattle.
On ascending the hill at the entrance to the Tezeen valley, a party of the enemy, from the base of the hills on our left, fired into us, but without effect; two shrapnell shells, thrown among them with great precision, silenced their fire, and they fled to the heights out of shot, leaving, I think, some killed or wounded below. I pushed on when these people were dispersed, and reached camp at a little before eight, without casualty.
Lieutenant-Colonel A. F. Richmond, 33d Regiment Native Infantry, Commanding Rear Guard of the 2d Division, to Lieutenant Lugard, Major of Brigade, 4th Infantry Brigade.
Camp, Kuttur Sung,
I HAVE the honour to report, for the information of Brigadier Monteath, C. B., commanding the 4th infantry brigade, that the rear guard this morning, under my command, did not leave Jugdulluck until the whole of the baggage had cleared the ground, about eleven o'clock A. M.
As the enemy appeared in great numbers all around, and gradually closing on us, I directed the guns to be placed in a commanding position on