Tag Archives: Mutiny 1857

blog 371: hawa khana the magical moment of twilight

It was twilight. People in Delhi called it the magic hour. Hawa Khana. The ‘Breathing of the Air’ when hot Delhi suddenly turned cool. Once, old Sir Ochterlony would ride out on his elephant with a parade of 13 elephants … Continue reading

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blog 370: no word from anyone

September 13th Church services on the Ridge for the devout. Ditto Sikh services. Ditto Hindu services. Ditto Sufi services. I attend a Sikh service and a tiny Shiva Lingayat Service. Freddy says the Christian services are all kirk doom and … Continue reading

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blog 369: no surrender — god help us!

September 12th The guns of the batteries have formally commenced full volume assault on the city of Delhi. I set up a continuous delivery of munitions as the artillery commanders time their volleys for maximum destruction. The railroad tracks created … Continue reading

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blog 368: not a family of chatters

————- September 10th Battery # 3 and 4 are being moved into position now. Battery # 3 is being moved into the ruins of the Customs House which is only 160 yards from the city wall and by the river. … Continue reading

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blog 367: coming down to life and death

September 9th I am on the move all over the Ridge! All of the staging arenas! The hospital! The graveyard. The funeral biers. I meet the engineers on the cusp of the killing zone as we blandly study the progress … Continue reading

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blog 366: a chat with freddy

September 7th Nighttime Baird-Smith, despite a bad attack of malaria and a wounded leg from a ricocheting bullet commences the siege of Delhi with the overnight engineering feat of the digging and hauling into position of the first battery to … Continue reading

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blog 365: likea maharajah on his divan!

After this meeting I sat with Chamberlain in his tent. “Day of the battle you take command” I said. “You will make history! Command of a gigantic battle from a cot! Reclining like a maharajah on his divan!” “I could … Continue reading

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