Indian Mutiny interest. Bengal Quarterly Army List of 1859 corrected to 5th July 1859


The Quarterly Army List, of Her Majesty’s British and Indian Forces on the Bengal Establishment, exhibiting the rank, standing, and various services of every Officer in the Army, distinguishing those who have received Medals amd other Distinctions, and who have been wounded, and in what action; with their periods of services, and dates of commissions. Corrected to 5th July 1859. To which is added a List of Civil Servants in Bengal and the North Western Provinces, with the dates of their appointments, etc. Published 10th August, 1859. Printed by P. M. Cranenburg, Military Orphan Press, and published ands sold bhy Messrs. R. C. Lepage and Co. British Library. 1859 1st edition 8vo.

129pp Her Majesty’s British Forces on the Bengal Establishment, vi, 358pp Her Majesty’s Indian Forces on the Bengal Establishment, [i Appointments since going to press], 52pp List of Civil Servants in the Presidency of Fort William, iv Index to Civil list, [xx advertisements]. Late 20th Century half red leather gilt, very clean text block with no annotation noticed. A very important and useful edition produced just under a year after treaty ending the Mutiny was signed.As well as the corps the British Regiments still stationed in Bengal were: 2nd, 6th,7th Dragoon Guards, 7th Lt. Dgns,, 3rd, 5th, 6th,7th, 8th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 23rd, 24th, 27th, 34th, 35th, 37th, 38th, 42nd, 43rd, 46th, 48th, 51st, 52nd, 53rd, 54th, 60th, 67th, 70th, 71st, 73rd, 77th, 79th, 80th,81st, 82nd, 87th, 88th, 90th, 93rd, 94th, 97th, 98th regiments of Foot. Although in many cases the regiments had only one battalion serving the exhaustive list shows the strain the recent events had put on the Amy. As well as including H.M. Army this volume also has considerably more detail that is to found in the 1859 East India Register and Army List particularly in the disposition of the Bengal Army, details of the Irregular forces, gradation and retired lists including Madras  & Bombay officers, officers’ war services, &c. Some of the additional information might seem slight but the detail can be very helpful. For example: in the case of a regiment that particularly interests me, the 73rd Native Infantry, the East India List does not show this regiment as having mutinied but this list notes that 2 of its companies did mutiny in Dacca.   may28/4

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