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reinforcements, and sending them on to the generals in the field. He hurried to Cawnpore the troops intended for the China expedition, which Lord Elgin had wisely sent to Calcutta, instead of their projected destination. He likewise assembled there a contingent of selected troops from the army which had recaptured Delhi. After two months of hard work in organizing the troops, and clearing Lower Bengal of the rebels, he assumed the command of the whole army, in all its scattered divisions, at the Alumbagh, near Cawnpore. Leaving General Wyndham to hold Cawnpore, he started with 4,700 men, and 32 guns, to save the beleaguered and starving garrison in Lucknow. The Sepoys had taken the city, and the devoted garrison was bravely holding out, under Generals Havelock and Outram, the latter, like their great chief, a Glasgow man, in the Residency within the north-west wall. The Dilkoola Palace was stormed first of all by Sir Colin’s force, and that partially freed the garrison, and enabled Sir Henry Havelock and Sir James Outram to ride out, to salute and thank their deliverer. The Motee Mahul, the fortified palace which was commanding and isolating our small army, together with hundreds of our women, and children, and wounded, was then stormed by Sir Colin’s 93rd Highlanders and the 53rd regiment, the latter bravely led by Captain, now Lord, Wolseley. This part of the city was bravely stormed and the garrison saved.

The meeting of Sir Colin with the other two Generals, when our beleaguered army was about the point of despair, is one of the most impressive scenes in this great historic drama, the reconquest of India. It is one which has become immortal. In our own Corporation Galleries there is a painting which recalls vividly its principal features. This fine picture is worthy of minute study, both as regards its artistic grouping and the great historic event which it displays. The three great central figures are; naturally, Sir Colin Campbell, General Havelock, and General Outram. The character and war-worn life of the old Scottish chieftain are admirably shown in the grand, rugged strength of Sir Colin’s face, whilst the anxiety and suffering which Havelock has gone through are finely revealed in the countenance of that Christian soldier who, in his gratitude and gladness, is depicted clasping both of his deliverer’s hands in his. Outram, with uncovered head also, stands looking on with radiant face. Major Alison, of this city, now General Sir Archibald Alison, Sir Colin’s private secretary, stands near his illustrious chief, whilst in that brilliant circle of warriors, of whom Britain is so proud, are also seen General Wyndham, Sir John Inglis, Sir Hope Grant, and Captain, now General, Lord Wolseley. In the foreground are some dead Sepoys, and also several wounded Highlanders, who, though mayhap nigh unto death, are raising their arms feebly in salutation to that beloved chief of theirs, whom last they saw when he bade them farewell on the bleak hillside overlooking Balaclava. The picture will amply repay a visit, and no one can look upon it without being proud of those brave men whose personality has so glorified the canvas.

After the fortresses commanding the Residency had been taken, Sir Colin resolved not to storm the remaining portions of Lucknow at that time. He had 600 women and children and 1000 wounded soldiers to see out of danger, and his kindly forethought and chivalrous nature made this his first duty. Colonel Eyre, a brave officer who took part in all the operations, says that the removal of such a vast number of women and children, and wounded, in the very teeth of an enemy four times the number Sir Colin could command,


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