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GENERAL ORDERS AND DESPATCHES,
General Orders By His Excellency The Acting Commander-in-chief.
Head Quarters, Calcutta, 5th August, 1857.
The following arrangements are directed, with the sanction of the Right Honourable the Governor-General of India in Council:—
Major-General Sir James Outram, K. C.B., Chief Commissioner in Oude, to exercise the Military Command of the united Dinapore and Cawnpore Divisions, until further orders.
Brevet Colonel R. Napier, Chief Engineer, to be Military Secretary and Chief of the Adjutant-General's Department with Sir James Outram.
Captain Huntley R. Garden, Assistant Quartermaster General of the Army, is attached in that capacity to Major-General Sir James Outram's command.
Lieutenant F. H. M. Sitwell, of the 31st Regiment of Native Infantry, to be Aide-de-Camp, and Lieutenant F. E. A. Chamier, of the 34th Regiment of Native Infantry, to be Interpreter and Aide-de-Camp, on the personal Staff of Sir James Outram.
The permanent establishment of Officers of the several Departments of the General Staff belonging to o 1—2
the Dinapore and Cawnpore Divisions, will receive their orders from Major-General Sir James Outram, and be located as he may consider most advisable.
Major-General G. W. A. Lloyd, C.B., is removed from the Divisional Staff of the Army. By Order of His Excellency the Commander-in-Chief.
W. Mayhew, Major,
Deputy Adjt.-Genl. of the Army.
Dated the 1 1ih of September, 1857. The Governor-General in Council is pleased to reappoint Major-General Sir James Outram, K.C.B., commanding the troops in the Dinapore and Cawnpore Divisions to be Chief Commissioner in Oude, vice MajorGeneral Sir H. Lawrence, K.C.B., demised.
Mr. W. J. Money, C.S., is appointed to act as Private Secretary to Sir James Outram. This is temporary.
G. F. Edmonstone,
Secretary to the Government of India.
[Sir James Outram started to join General Havelock at the head of the reinforcements, and en route the gallant action was performed by Major Vincent Eyre which is noticed in the following despatches.]
The Deputy Adjdtant-general Of The Army To The Secretary To The Government Of India.
• Head Quarters, Calcutta,
September 16th, 1857
I have the honour, by desire of the Commander-inChief, to forward for submission to the GovernorGeneral in Council, despatches in original from MajorGeneral Sir J. Outram, G.C.B., reporting the operations of a detachment of troops sent under the command of Major V. Eyre, of the Artillery, to dislodge a party of insurgents who had effected a footing in the Doab from the Oude territory, near the village of Koondun Puttee.
2. I am to add that His Excellency concurs in Sir J. Outram's recommendation of Major Eyre, and his detachment, to the favourable notice of Government.
I have, &c,
W. Mayhew, Major.
The Secretary to tht Government of India to the Deputy Adjutant-General, of the Army. With reference to your letter of the 16th instant, forwarding Major's Eyre's report of his successful operations against a party of rebels who crossed from the Oude side of the Ganges into the Doab, I am directed to acquaint you, for the information of His Excellency the Commander-in-Chief, that the GovernorGeneral in Council highly appreciates this further good service rendered by Major Eyre and the detachment under his command, and has noted with satisfaction the energy and sound judgment exhibited by Major Eyre and his officers in the execution of it.
I am, &c,
E. J. H. Birch, Colonel.
Major- General Sir J. Outram to the Deputy AdjutantGeneral of the Army. Camp Thureedon, Sept. Wth, 1857. I have the honour to report, for the information of His Excellency the Commander-in-Chief, that on arriving at my camp, Katogun, on the 9th instant, I received definite information that a party of insurgents from Oude, amounting to from 300 to 400, with four guns, had crossed the Ganges near the village of Koondun Puttee, fifteen miles north of Khaga, on the trunk road, between Futtehpore and Allahabad.
Operations against them could be best effected from this encampment, because I could here obtain the most certain intelligence, and my having apparently passed the direct road to them, was likely to throw them off their guard. I accordingly sent orders to halt the leading column, in order to have rested men for the work.
On joining Major Simmons's column at this place, I despatched, under Major Eyre, a party consisting of 100 of her Majesty's 5th Fusiliers, and 50 of her Majesty's 64th Regiment, mounted on elephants, with two guns, and completely equipped with tents, two days' cooked provisions, and supplies for three more.
Captain Johnson's detachment of the 12th Irregulars, consisting of 40 men, made a forced march, and concentrated with Eyre's party at Hutgaon Khas yesterday evening, having completed 40 miles.
For the further proceedings, I beg to refer his Excellency to Major Eyre's despatch. His reputation as a successful leader had already been so well established, that I purposely selected him for this duty, in the perfect confidence that he would succeed.
The importance of this success will, I am sure, be fully appreciated by his Excellency and the GovernorGeneral. I now consider my communication secure, which otherwise must have been entirely cut off during our operations in Oude; and a general insurrection, I am assured, would have followed throughout the Doab, had the enemy not been destroyed, as they were but the advanced guard of more formidable invaders; from which evils having been preserved by Major Eyre's energy and decision, that officer and the detachment under his command are, I consider, entitled to thankful acknowledgments from Government, which I am confident will not be withheld.