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STORMING AND FALL OF MOOLTAN. Advices received by the Overland Mail show that the town of Mooltan had been captured by the British troops, although the citadel, at one angle of the town, still held out in posses- 0 sion of Moobj; its speedy fall, however, seemed certain. It must soon have been untenable under the fire of 150 pieces of artillery or, if this proved ineffectual, it was to have been mined. Operations began on the 27th of December. The suburbs were carried by the bayonet, and the town cap- tured by bombardment, breach, and storm. That few were killed on our part, while there was great loss to the Sikhs; and the complete possession of the town within a week- speak fully as. to the character of the operations. Tne tac- tics of the final assault do not appear to have materially differed from General Whish's first plan, except that the Bombay force took the position previously occupied by Ed- wardes", Lake, and Cortland and on this occasion .Edwardes merely manoeuvred his troops to distract the enemy's attention. The town was surrounded oil all sides, and at- tacked, in the first instance, on the 27th December, without regular approaches, while an incessant cannonade of shot, shell, and rockets was kept up to damage the defences and to awe the besieged. The suburbs were attacked at two different points, where high mounds in the neighbourhood of massive buildings had afforded to the Sikhs strong posi- tions. They driver, in and routed, our troops advanc- ing in lines with the bfvonet, and under a loss on purpart of about 100 killed ami wounded. Heavy batteries were then erected at those mounds, which were at about 300 yards' distance from the walls. The enemy's fire at this imeis described to have been well and long sustained, but ultimately slackened, in consequence of several explosions of his service magazines, probably caused by our shells. Daybreak of the 29th opened from the British lines with a heavy fire of musketry, and the simultaneous discharge of the mortar guns, after which the other heavy artillery and howitzers pushed to within 80 yards of the walls. The enemy's fire then nearly ceasen, while our own continued incessant, and evidently with great effect. Our batteries then began to breach. Next day a large magazine exploded in the town under our fire, and a conflagration of grain stacks succeeded. All this, however, did not appear to daunt the coui-aye of the Sikhs, now in the close vicinity of the British troops, for the fire of their matchlocks increased and became more effective. At length, after an incessant roar of cannon and rattle of musketry for about 50 hours, the close attack was commenced bv the advance of two columns from the Bombay army, while the Bengal force moved forward on the other side. The gate selected for the attack of the Bengal force was, on the arrival of that column, found not to have been made practicable, and to present besides an open drop in front, with strong defences in the rear. But tile Bombay column had successfully eftoctcd its entrance, and the colours were planted in Mooltan by the Sergeant-major of tlie Company's Fusileers. oc curred about three in the afternoon ot'the 2nd Jan. The ben- gal coin urn, after having been obliged. momentarily to tire, quickly followed in the step of tbeii corn .ides, ami tne town appeared to have been ten minutes afterwards in-our possession, although it was not until ncai sunset that all our troops had entered. Considerable bodies of the Sikhs were seen. in the dusk emerging upon the plain, the direction, it is said, of but although the cavalry did their best to scour the country throught the night, little^could«!>e eSected, except in the capture of small parties, in conse- of thickly intersecting nullahs, or watercourses. 14 guns and 2.5 elephants, many horses, and a vast supply of grain were found in the town, and the other booty, in the nature of property, is said to be of considerable value.— From the Bombay "Telegraph we give the following ac- count of f.



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