1 and 2 Columns--The 61st move to the church--Colonel Skinner--State of the church--Unsuccessful attack on the Burn bastion--Eclipse of the sun--The Burn bastion captured--The enemy begin to retire--Capture of the Lahore Gate and Garstin bastion--The Palace and Selimgarh taken--The Jama Masjid taken--The 61st move to Ali Khan's house--Casualties--Reflections CHAPTER V OCCUPATION OF THE CITY September 20 to May, 1858 Lack of appreciation by Government--A contrast--Delay in issue of prize money and medals--Unceremonious presentation of the latter--Complete desertion of the city by the enemy--A stroll through the city--Looting--Discovery of hiding inhabitants--They are ordered to leave the city--Disgraceful desertion of pets--State of the streets--Hodson captures the King of Delhi--The King's appearance described--His trial and sentence--Hodson captures the King's sons and grandson--Their deaths--Diminished strength of the 61st Regiment--It moves to the Ajmir Gate--The Jama Masjid and view from it--Its garrison--A movable column dispatched towards Cawnpore--Soldiers and others forbidden to enter or leave the city--The Mooltani horse--Indulgence to Goorkhas--Their appreciation--An exodus--Strict regulations--State of feeling of the army--Work of the Provost Marshal--Two reputed sons of the King executed--The suburbs--An amusing incident--Visiting the old positions--Cholera still rife--2,000 sick and wounded in the Selimgarh--We move to the magazine--I am recommended for sick leave--I leave Delhi for Umballah--I am robbed en route--Report matters to Commissioner and receive compensation--Leave for Ferozepore and home CHAPTER VI THE RICHES OF DELHI Delhi famed for its treasures--General Wilson's order--Army anxious about prize-money--Batta to be granted instead--Indignation of army generally--Humorous placard--Interest on unpaid prize-money promised--Opinion of the Times--Prize-agents appointed--Early looting--A white elephant--Evidence of looting--The practice excused--A lucky haul--Scruples cast aside--Personal experiences--A tempting display--No proper account rendered--Method of search--A mine of wealth--A neglected opportunity--A happy thought--A wrinkle--A favourite hiding-place--An exceptional house--A mishap--Art treasures--"'Tis an ill wind," etc.--Pleasant memories INDEX LIST OF MAPS AND ILLUSTRATIONS PLAN OF DELHI, 1857 PLAN OF THE MILITARY STATION AT FEROZEPORE DELHI, FROM THE MOSQUE PICKET THE SMALL PICKET, SABZI MANDI, FROM THE SOUTH-EAST FROM THE SMALL PICKET, SABZI MANDI, LOOKING TOWARDS KISHENGANJ SKETCH TO ILLUSTRATE THE ENGAGEMENT AT NAJAFGARH IN AUGUST, 1857 KING OF DELHI AS A PRISONER IN 1857 "HOMEWARD," NEAR JERRICK, ON THE INDUS Illustration: PLAN OF DELHI 1857 N Here Nicholson fell on Sept 14th REMINISCENCES OF THE SIEGE OF DELHI, 1857 CHAPTER I FEROZEPORE The actual Mutiny of the Bengal army broke out at Meerut on May 10, 1857.
Here are no keeps, here are no bastion'd walls To part me from a people I can bless.
Knotted and warted, slabbed and armoured like the hide Of tropic elephant; unstormable and steep As some grim fortress with a princess-pearl inside, Where savage guardian faces beard the bastioned keep: So hard a rind, old tree, shielding so soft a heart-- A woman's heart of tender little nestling leaves; Nor rind so hard but that a touch so soft can part, And Spring's first baby-bud an easy passage cleaves.
At this point one must leave the main road, which runs forward to the crest of the Pirpadi Pass, and after crossing a level stretch of rock, set one's steps upon the pathway which, flanked on one side by the lofty rock-bastions of the hill and on the other by the rolling slopes, leads upwards to the First Gate.
No unsubstantial shapes are they,-- The offspring of the mist and sea; No splendid vision of Cathay, Recalled in dreamful revery; Their solid bastions,--towering high Though rooted in earth's primal plan,-- Proclaim to every passer by The cradle of the Corsican.