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SEATON, Sir Thomas.

From Cadet to Colonel.

The Record of a Life of Active Service.

London, Hurst and Blackett, 1866 Stock Code: 140701
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First and sole edition of this lively military memoir of service in India. "Seaton commanded the 60th NI which mutinied at Umballah originally on May 10th he saw many years of action in India served at the Siege of Delhi and afterwards in the Doab and Rohilchund. Seaton was a good friend of Hodson. Approximately seven chapters on the Mutiny" (Sorsky). At sixteen Seaton (1806-1876) joined the HEIC's service as a cadet. He was at the siege of Bharatpur in 1825-6, and during the First Afghan War was with "Fighting Bob" Sale's brigade that fought through the Khurd Kabul Pass to Jalalabad. "During the defence of Jalalabad Seaton showed his resourcefulness. Sent to destroy an outlying fort which might give cover to the enemy, he diverted a stream to it, and so demolished it. In the first two months of the defence the wine and spirits were all consumed, but Seaton made a still with some washermen's pots and a matchlock barrel, and supplied his mess with spirits as long as there was sugar left. After the siege he was made CB. He was given the local rank of major on 4 October 1842" (ODNB). During the Mutiny he was dangerously wounded at Delhi but was fit for duty within months, leading a field force of 2, 300 men with some success, defeating his opponents "by skilful tactics with little loss" (ibid). While in command at Fatehgarh he acted boldly, taking the initiative and leading a small force in an audacious night march and dawn attack at Kanker, which secured the important main road to the north-west. Seaton retired in 1858 with the rank of major-general.

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2 volumes, octavo. Original dark red sand-grain cloth, gilt-lettered spines, sides with ornamental blind border, drab cocoa brown-coated endpapers.

Illustrations

Wood-engraved frontispiece and title vignette to each volume (with tissue guards), each printed on a tinted background; frontispieces showing the officers' quarters at the Bala Hissar, Kabul, and the Great Buddha at Bamyan (destroyed by the Taliban in 200

Condition

Contemporary armorial roundel bookplates of David Carnegie of Stronvar, Perthshire; neat contemporary ownership inscription at head of first title page. Bindings skillfully refurbished, extremities of spines and corners consolidated, gilt lettering retouched, slight oxidization of frontispieces and title pages. A very good copy, with the 16-pages of publisher's advertisements at the end of vol. I.

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