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ADYE, John.

The Defence of Cawnpore.

London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, and Roberts, 1858 Stock Code: 92657
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First edition. "Gives a detailed account of three days of battle during which Cawnpore was defended, preventing the creation of an enemy outpost in General Havelock's rear. Author defends General Windham's actions. Includes dispatches" (Ladendorf). A long-serving artillery officer, first commissioned out of RMA, Woolwich, at the head of his class in 1836. He served in the Crimea " present with the headquarter staff at Alma, Balaklava, and Inkerman, and throughout the siege of Sevastopol, remaining in the Crimea until June 1856. He was mentioned in dispatches, and made brevet lieutenant-colonel on 12 December 1854 and CB on 5 July 1855. He received the Mejidiye (fourth class) and the Légion d'honneur (third class)" (ODNB). Following the outbreak of the Indian mutiny, Adye was sent to India as assistant adjutant-general of artillery. Arriving at Cawnpore he discovered that Sir Colin Campbell had already left to relieve Lucknow, with the Gwalior contingent advancing on Cawnpore. "He took part in the actions fought there by Major-General Charles Ash Windham and afterwards wrote The Defence of Cawnpore. He was present at the battle of 6 December, in which the Gwalior contingent was routed by Sir Colin Campbell after his return from Lucknow. His administrative duties then compelled Adye to return to Calcutta, and he saw no more fighting during the mutiny". From early 1859 Adye commanded the Madras artillery; deputy adjutant-general of artillery in India from March 1863 until 1868; "and implemented the amalgamation of the three East India Company regiments of artillery with the Royal Artillery, which required patience and tact". Following his return to England in 1866 he was successively Director of Artillery and Stores, governor of the RMA, Surveyor-General of the Ordnance, and finally Governor of Gibraltar, also serving on Wolseley's staff in Egypt.

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Octavo. Original red embossed cloth, title gilt to front board, reddish-brown surface-paper endpapers, printed ads to the pastedowns.


Folding map frontispiece with dispositions in colour, and one other folding map.


A little rubbed and with a couple of nicks, but overall very good.


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