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de Linpis^fGovernor-general of (i^tadalaupe*and the Adjutantg9n«u:al Boyer, second in command in that colony, addressed to ,hbv Excellency Sir James Leah, (Commanding in Chief the Bn^piifftrpops.
fyet. I„ r?(ie .Governor, the second, in,, command, and all the French troops of the line, shall be sent to France as prisoners of war, as well as the persons composing . the military administration.
Answer. The Count de Linois and Baron Boyer dc Peyreleau, the. French troops of the line, with the military administration, shall be sent to France to the Duke of Wellington, as prisoners of war, according to the tenor of the^proclamation of Sir James Leith.
Art. II. The officers shall keep their swords, and all the military their baggage.
Answer.—Refused, with the exception of the baggage belonging personally to the military.
Art..III. All the national guards of the colony shall be allowed peaceably to remain at their homes. , ,.
Answer.-—The militia which have already withdrawn to their habitations shall be protected as well as their respective property, but such as. are still in arms shall be treated as prisoners of war, and immediately sent away.
Art. IV. JsTo individual of Guadaloupe and its dependencies shall be molested for his past political opinions,, pr acts, and shall be placed under the protection of his Britannic Majesty.
4n^c%^TT^Pronc shall be moIcbttd bjjj^^J^itifehv>5o\ eminent
on account of his political opinions or conduct to the present mos^ ment. • r. •; i-'»
Art. V. The laws of therolony and private property shall be -respected, and placed under :the safeguard of his Britannic Majesty. Answer.—Granted. As far as respects the laws and private property on shore.
(Signed) James Leith.
Accepted the conditions pro-
Le Comte De Linois.
Conditions Demanded By H. B. Slr J. Leith, &c.
Art. I. All the forts, redo\ibts, and all other places furnished with artillery in the colony, shall be delivered up immediately to his Britannic Majesty's troops.
Art. II. All the eagles, tri-cploured flags, the public treasure, archives, plans, every thing which appertains to the administration civil and military, the magazines of every description, arms of all kind, shall be immediately given up, as well as all other public property, to Commissaries named by the General in Chief.
Art. III. All persons under arms, who are comprized under these stipulations, shall inarch from their respective posts at three o'clock this afternoon, to be removed to their places of destination, having first surrendered their arms.
(Signed) James Leith.
Accepted the three above articles.
Return of Killed, Wounded, and Missing, in ay Attack on the Island of Guadaloupe, on the Sth, 5th, and 10th of August, 1815.
Total—1 serjeant, 15 rank and file, killed; 1 captain, 1 subaltern, 2 staff, 2 serjoants, 45 rank and file, wounded; 4 rank and file, missing. J. H. Berkeley, Dcp. Adj. Gen.
INDIA BOARD, WHITEHALL,
A dispatch,dated Fort William, February 20, 1815, together with its enclosures, of winch the following are extracts, hare beeil received, at the East India House, from the Vice-President in Council.
For a statement of the operations of the division of the army, commanded by Colonel Ochterlony, from the 27th of November down to the close of December, tve have the honour to refer your honourable Court to a dispatch from Mr. Secretary Achnij dated the 10th of January. 'The skill, judgment, perseverance, and patience which have distinguished the conduct of Colonel Ochterlony in the arduous service in which he is employed, cannot fail to attract the particular notice of your Honourable Court. The exertions of that able officer still continued to be directed against the enemy's supplies, and such of his new positions as might be found to be assailable.
Extract of a Letter from John Adam, Esq. Sectrctary to Government, to John Moreton,
Esq.ActingSecretary to Government at the Fresrideiiey, dale! Camp at lhcend, Feb.lO.lSli I am directed to transmit to you, for the purpose of being kid before his Excellency the Vice President in Council, the enclosed copy of a letter from the Adjutant General, under date the 8th instant, enclosing copies of dispatches from Colonel Ochterlony, and containing a statement of th; operations of the division of the army underthat officer's command subsequently to the S!7th November, up to which date they are already known to the Vice President in Council, from the communications which 1 had the honour to make to you from time to time. The general result of the operations detailed in the en closed papers has also been communicated to hi> Excellency in Council, in my letter to your address of the' Sth iustan', cnclosingColonel Fagan's dispatch of 2(1 instant.
The Vice President in Councfl will perceive with satisfaction the testimony borne by Lienteiwnt Colonel Thompson to the troops under his command, composing the reserve of Colonel Ochterlony'S division, in repulsing the determined attack made on their position by Ummer Sing, on the inorningof the 29th of December. Although the movement of the reserve on the preceding day did not completely effect the accomplishment of the principal object in Colonel Ochtcrlony'S contemplation, it has nevertheless, hi» Lordship conceives, been attended with considerable advantage which, his Lordship is asstlreo, Colonel Ochterlony witt'turn'to
the heat nrwnini-'
the beat account
The Vice President in Council will iConcur in the opinion entertained by the Governor-General, of the credit due to Colonel Ochterlony for the skill, judgment, perseverance, and patience manifested by him under circumstances «f extraordinary difficulty, and will anticipate the happiest results from the continued exertion of those qualities, seconded by the skill and bravery of the officers and troops under his command.
Extract of a Letter from the Adjutant General to John Adam, Esq.diited Camp at Suffeedoon, February 8, 1815. The result of the first movement against the enemy's position was briefly reported in Colonel Ochterlouy's dispatch of the 29th ult. forwarded to you on the 2nd inst.; I have now the honour to transmit the Colonel's more detailed report, dated the 31st ultimo, and its enclosures, from which the Governor-general will perceive, that although the movement has not realized the principal object proposed in making it, in consequence of the enemy having been enabled, by evacuating nearly all his stockades, to concentrate his whole force on one of the intended points of attack, it terminated in the repulse, with considerable loss, of a determined attack which a large part of his force made on Lieut-col. Thompson's position, sword in hand, on the morning of the 29th December. The conduct of the officers and troops engaged on this occasion, have merited and obtained the Commander in Chief's entire approbation.
In the plan of the attack, and m all measures and arrangements
which could conduce to its success, Colonel Ochterlony evinced his usual judgment and ability.
Colonel Ochterlony's operation* will continue to be directed against the enemy's supplies, and such of his new positions as may be found to be assailable.
Copy of a Letter from Major-Gen.■> Sir David Ochterlony, K. C. B. to the Adjutant-General. Sir,—On the 27th 1 had the honour to report to you the arrival of the 2d battalion of the 7th Native infantry and the eighteen pounders in this camp.
Our position in view of the fort had compelled the enemy to bring their supplies from the eastward by circuitous routes, but my information led me to hope, that the possession of three points in front of our right would entirely cut off their supplies from Billasporc, and generally from the in-> terior. In consequence I directed Lieut.-Col. Thompson to march as soon as it was dark on the night of the 27th, and dislodge the enemy from the stockades they had erected on two of those points, and to occupy and maintain a third which they had neglected.
Lieutenant-Colonel Thompson had with him fourteen companies, two six-pounders and two howitzers of the mountain train, and a force of irregulars amounting to at least a thousand, but calculated at 1,300 matchlocks. From th% badness of the road, or rather foot-paths, and the great difficulties encountered, it was net till a late hour in the morning of the 28th that Lieut.-Col. Thompson reached the first point he was instructed to attack, and that wa*
found'So inaccessible, and so very
inucli stronger than my information had given me reason to expect, thaf he very judiciously determined not to risk the chance
of an instantaneous assault, but
to make use of his artillery. His
letter, which 1 have the honour
to enclose, together with a copy
of my instructions, details his
proceedings from that date, and
renders it only necessary for me
t) express my approbation of
Lieut.-Col. Thompson's conduct,
and entire satisfaction with that
of the detachment in general. I would, however, be unjust
not to mention, that the reports I
received from Lieut. Lawtie, Enr
gineer, of the very great labour
and fatigue sustained with cheerfulness by the pioneers, induced
me to express to Captain Baines,
Lieutenant Armstrong, and their
officers, who set them the meri'jt'iiious example, my particular
thanks, and to send a pecuniary
donation to the men. . Lieutenant Lawtie, with his
accustomed zeal, accompanied the 'detachment, and on this, as on
every occasion, deserves my highi, e^t" consideration; from him I ,.hayc the honour to transmit u "slight sketch of the ground and w point of attack.
^ It remains only to add, that the
enemy no sooner perceived the
movement to the right, and contemplated its obvious object, than
they evacuated all their stockades
but the two small redoubts immediately under the fort, and risked
the attempt. xwhieh Lieut.-Col.
Thompson has" detailed, and on
its unsuccessful issue, retired to
'Mungh'ooka Phar,,'.'where he is'
Bow aiscuiblcd with his Svholc
force, the right covered vy* the stockades which I had intended to attack, and their left resting; on or towards the fort of Tarragtirh. Apprehending that the enemy might venture a second, I direct-r ed Lieut.-Col. Lyons and the second battalion of the 7th, with two six-pounders, to reinforce Lieut.-Col. Thompson, in the hope of preventing it, or rendering it ineffectual. They have, howeyer, remained stationary since their repulse.
I have, &c. D. Ochterlony, Maj. Gen. Camp Nelm, Dec. 31, 1814.
Report from Lieutenant-Colonel Thompson to Major-Genend Ochterlony, enclosed in the preceding.
Sir,—Agreeably to your'"Instructions I have the honour to report, that after dusk on the evening of the 2*th, I commenced* njy march towards these heights >vith the light battalion, and eight companies of the 2d battalion 3d regiment, native infantry, two sutpounders, and a mountain train of two light howitzers. Although the night was extremely favourable, the whole of the artillery did not reach the opposite side of the ridge of hills, about one Cosb below Deboo-ka-Tcbha, until past eight o'clock in the morning of the 28th. I then advanced up the face of the hill with the light battalion and four companies of the 2d battalion 3d regiment, to gain possession of the ridge on my left, immediately opposite to the enemy's stone stockade; from this ridge the stockade is about seven hundred yards, with four different heights intervening.'
The enemy having come out so far as the nearest hill to the ridge, began to open a fire of matchlocks upon our party as they proceeded up the heights. ()a our gaining possession of a high part of the ridge, the enemy evacuated their .position upon the opposite hill, and being instantaneously pursued by our troops, they fled successively over the whole of the hills between the ridge and their 6tockude, which appearing to me 'too strong to attempt without the assistance of our guns, I resolved to wait until the artillery came up. The six pounders opened upon the place about four o'clock p. m. and I was in hopes that as the wall appeared to be composed only of loose stones, it might have been laid open before dusk; but after firing for about an hour, from a distance of about five hundred yards, only a small part of the w«ll came down.
Having resolvpd to move the battery to a nearer distance, the following morning the pioneers were employed during the day in making fascines and gabions for that purpose.
About a quarter of an hour, however, before sun-rise the following morning (the 29th) the enemy came down in great numbers from the Mungoo-ka-Dhar, with an apparent intention of forcing ray position on the ridge, and also turning my left, so as to surround it. I am happy to add, that, in consequence of the warm reception they received from our troops they were soon obliged to nthe with loss. Having now, however, e\ery reason to believe I -t Mungoo-ka-Dhar had been slro'tig'Ty reinforced, I thought it
advisable to throw up a slight entrenchment on my position on the ridge and first hill, which wat effected about dusk.
During the night the enemy evacuated the stockade on Deboo-ka-Tibba, which was immediately occupied by the picquets of the light battalion.
The stockade is situated on a steep rocky eminence, very difficult of access on all sides, but particularly so in front, where it is almost perpendicular. The wall is ten feet high on the outside, and four feet thick, composed of loose stones, extremely well built, and three sides of it are surrounded by a high bamboo fence, at the distance of two feet from the outside of the wall; within it is a Pucha Mhut.
The position of the enemy at Mungoo-ka-Dhar appears to b# nearly two miles from my post, and the road to it very difficult, as well from unevenness as from ascent. I have also been informed, that the enemy have thrown up stone breast-works and other obstacles at different parts of the road.
I have the honour to enclose a correct return of our casualties ;* those of the enemy, from the best intelligence I have been able to procure, amount to one hundred and fifty killed, and about two hundred and fifty .wounded. I had the pleasure yesterday to send in two prisoners from Deboo-kaTibba, and this day another, who was wounded in the affair of the 29th.
The conduct of the officers and
♦Published in the London gazette of 19th August last.