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ORDNANCE CAPTURED.

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39. 6 pounder, brass, do., taken possession of in the

fort of Gungrana. 40. 9 pounder, do., do., do. 41. 6 pounder, 4ft. 1ljin., serviceable. 42 to 52. Unknown, sunk in the Sutlej, or since

brought in.

ABSTRACT OF CAPTURED ORDNANCE :

Serviceable, 12 howitzers, 4 mortars, 33 guns.
Unserviceable, 1 howitzer, 2 guns.
Sunk and spiked, 13 guns.
Since brought in, 2 guns.

Grand total, 67 guns.

Forty swivel camel guns also captured, which have since been destroyed. (Signed)

W. BARR,
Lt. and Bt. Capt. H. Artillery,

Adjt. Artillery Division.
(Signed)

G. LAWRENSON,
Major 2nd Brigade H.A.,
Commanding Artillery 1st Divn.

Army of the Sutlej.

N.B.—The quantity of ammunition captured with the artillery, and found in the camp of the enemy, is beyond accurate calculation, consisting of shot, shell, grape, and small-arm ammunition of every description, and for every calibre. The powder found in the limbers and wagons of the guns, and in the magazines of the entrenched camp, has been destroyed, to prevent accidents.

Six large hackery loads have also been appropriated to the destruc

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AMMUNITION CAPTURED.

tion of forts in the neighbourhood. As many of the shot
and shell as time would admit of being collected, have
been brought into the park. The shells, being useless,
have been thrown into the river. The shot will be appro-
priated to the public service.
(Signed)

G. LAWRENSON,
Major 2nd Brigade H.A.,
Commanding Artillery 1st Divn.

Army of the Sutlej.
(Signed)

W. BARR, 1st Lieut. and Bt. Capt. Adjt.

Artillery Division.

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SIR HARRY SMITH's forces, with the exception of details of native troops, left for the protection of Loodiana, having been recalled to headquarters, commenced their march on the morning of the 3rd of February, taking the direct road near the banks of the Sutlej.

To Brigadier Wheler was entrusted the command of the forces left at Loodiana, (consisting of twelve guns, the 1st Cavalry, 4th Irregulars, and four regiments of Native In

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DIMINISHED REGIMENTS.

fantry.) These troops were intended to act as a moveable column for the protection of the line of country between Loodiana and Dhurrumkote, Matters were thus placed on a more organized footing; a communication being secured with Loodiana, the fords of the Sutlej watched, and the Sikh predatory bands confined to excursions amongst the villages on their own side of the river, which were by this time pretty nearly exhausted.

Most of the regiments returning from Aliwal presented a sadly diminished front; and H.M.'s 31st and 50th, the former of which had been present in every action and skirmish hitherto fought with the Sikhs, scarcely covered the ground of one weak battalion. In the officers' lines, the diminution was equally perceptible; and in the reduced mess-tents of each regiment, wide and melancholy intervals around the once-crowded tables told but too truly of the fatal precision of the enemy's fire, and of the ready and forward breasts which had been presented to their aim.

Wine had become scarce at every table; but

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the absence of this incentive to the spirits and conversation of the assemblies did not produce a very depressing effect. The stirring events of the campaign, in which all had been engaged, afforded ample subject for discussion; but the sharp routine of duty, and the daily call to arms at break of day, made early hours universally fashionable and headaches scarce.

The literary characters of the army (not a very numerous class) were perhaps more at a loss than their comrades; for our books had nearly all deserted to the enemy on the 21st of January, and a very scanty sprinkling were recovered when the Sikh camp was captured on the 28th.

Most of the army were utterly at a loss to know what that camp contained; but perhaps the mystery may be solved by the Shekawattee cavalry, or the irregular horse, whose operations were principally confined to that part of the field.

My own share of plunder on that occasion amounted to a bottle of London porter, wrapped carefully in a Sikh blanket, and stowed on a

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