This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. PREPARATIONS FOR THE INVASION OF ASHANTI--THE ROAD TO THE PRAH--CAMPING-GROUNDS FOR EUROPEAN TROOPS--SANITARY PRECAUTIONS--HOSPITALS AND TRANSPORT FOR SICK AND WOUNDED--THE TRANSPORT QUE8TION GENERALLY -- ARRIVAL AND DESPATCH TO SEA OF THE EUROPEAN TROOPS -- ORDERS FOR THE MARCH AND FOR ...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. PREPARATIONS FOR THE INVASION OF ASHANTI--THE ROAD TO THE PRAH--CAMPING-GROUNDS FOR EUROPEAN TROOPS--SANITARY PRECAUTIONS--HOSPITALS AND TRANSPORT FOR SICK AND WOUNDED--THE TRANSPORT QUE8TION GENERALLY -- ARRIVAL AND DESPATCH TO SEA OF THE EUROPEAN TROOPS -- ORDERS FOR THE MARCH AND FOR THE FIGHT--THE MAJOR-GENERAL'S PLAN OF INVASION. It has already been pointed out that in the earlier stages of his operations on the Gold Coast, the MajorGeneral had a double aim in view--to drive the enemy out of the Protectorate, and to make the necessary preparations for the subsequent invasion of Ashanti by a force of European troops. The steps taken towards the first of these ends have been described in the preceding chapters; the object of the present chapter will be to state briefly what were the most important measures adopted for the attainment of the second. The points specially requiring attention may be classed under the following heads: -- 1st, The formation of the road to the Prah. 2d, The establishment of camps at proper intervals along this road. 3d, The sanitary arrangements for the troops on the march. 4 th, The establishment of hospitals, and provision for the care and removal of sick and wounded. 5th, The transport of supplies and ammunition to the front. We will deal with these subjects in order; and in doing so, will risk some repetition of what may have already been said at different points of our narrative, in order to present each subject as nearly as possible in a complete and unbroken form. All hope of constructing a railway was given up immediately after our arrival on the Coast. On the 7th October, the Major-General reported that no railway, except one on Mr Fell's principle, could be laid and worked in the time at..
Hardback. 2 Vols. (with missing map) 1st Ed. Rubbed & marked crimson, blind-stamped, patterned boards with gilt spine titles. Wear to spine-ends & tips. Paste-down label of "Mudie's Select Library of Oxford Street" to top Front cover of each vol. 8.9" x 6". 1. xii pp. + 428 pp. Fold-out facsimile letter Frontis. 2. viii pp. + 367 pp. + 54 pp. publisher's list. One map in rear pocket (NB map of the Gold Coast is missing). Wt: 2.0 Kg. Uniform set in uniform condition. Redaing copy.
2 vols., 8vo., First Edition, with a folding facsimile on blue stock and a double-page map as frontispieces, a folding map and a double-page map, and two large folding maps (one coloured in outline) in pocket at rear of second volume, some very mild occasional foxing, fore-edges dusty; original decorative cloth blocked in blind, gilt backs, uncut, covers moderately soiled (boards to volume two stained with black ink), volume one neatly rebacked with original backstrip (faded) laid down else a good, firm, sound copy of a work scarce in any condition. This volume bears the neat contemporary signature of 'Frank Cooper' and the following holograph inscription: 'Maps drawn by my brother Harry, who was with Colonel Colley as Adjutant of Transport. Col. Colley, afterwards Sir G[eorge]. Pomeroy Colley, was killed in the fatal action of Majuba Hill in Natal fighting against the Boers'. Henry Brackenbury was Assistant Military Secretary to Wolseley; Cooper (as stated correctly above) was sometime Adjutant of Transport during the campaign. The official records were placed by Wolseley at Brackenbury's disposal 'without reservation' and augmented by the latter's private journal which he kept whilst serving at headquarters. The account of Captain Glover's expedition is taken entirely from letters between Wolseley and himself. The missions of Captains Butler and Dalrymple are described from their own letters. Frank Cooper's signature is dated 1874; the Battle of Majuba Hill took place on 27th February 1881 during the First South African War (this action was, incidentally, the last occasion on which British regimental colours were carried into battle). It would seem, therefore, that this was originally Frank Cooper's copy (until at least 1881) which then passed into the Brackenbury family. It was then in the library of Major-General Charles Booth Brackenbury (1831-1890) and bears his signature on the half-title of the second volume. The author's elder brother, he spent his career in the Royal Artillery culminating in his appointment as Director of Artillery Studies at Woolwich, from which position no-one did more to spread sound ideas throughout the service on tactical changes demanded by the advancement in weapons technology. On Charles's death this copy passed to his youngest son, Hereward Irenius Brackenbury and bears his engraved armorial bookplate on front paste-down of first volume. Hereward Brackenbury was a talented engineer and director of the prominent defence contractor Hawthorn Leslie & Co. The Brackenbury family was well represented in nearly all the British wars of the nineteenth century. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT AND DESIRABLE FAMILY COPY SHOWING MULTIPLE ASSOCIATIONS WITH THE AUTHOR OF A CLASSIC VICTORIAN CAMPAIGN MEMOIR.
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