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SURRENDER OF MOULTAN". BLOODY BATTLE ON THE JHELUM. The siege of Moulta is at an end, and rhe Dewan Moolraj surrendered unconditionally, with his whole force, on the 22nd of January, as stated in the official notification. Prac- ticable breaches having been effected, the troops were about to storm the citadel of Monltan. From the banks of the Jhelum intelligence is less satis- factory. A most sanguinary battle had been fought by the army under Lord Gough but though victory ultimately crowned the valour of our troops, the results were so unde- cisive that the Sikhs were encamped in greater force than ever within four miles of the British camp. Attock, also, has been surrendered to the Affghans, and its gallant de- fender, Lieutenant Herbert, is in the hands of Cliuttur Singh. Captain Abbott is still at large. Major and Mrs. Law- rence continue in the power of the rebels. An account of an expedition against a strong stockaded position in the Baree Doab, by the force under Brigadier Wheeler, is con- tained in Indian papers. The British took the place, but lost one officer (Lieutenant Christie, of the 7th Light Cavalry) killed, and two or three wounded. Ram Sing and his Sikhs escaped. The Bombay Telegraph and Courier gives an account of the carnage at Russool:—"Another murderous conflict has occurred on the left bank of the Jhelum, near, or, as some say, on, the identical spot which two thousand years ago formed the battle of Alexander and Porus. The British have to deplore the loss of at least 93 officers and 2,500 men killed and wounded, four guns captured, and four or five regimental colours taken by the enemy. The struggle ter- minated in victory, but was disgraced by the flight of a Bengal cavalry regiment, and the retreat of two British corps of dragoons-a struggle which left both the contending hosts so weak and shattered that it was doubtful which had sustained the greater injury from the conflict, and which had so few of the badges of triumph for the victors, that their opponents took up a new position, and fired a salute in honour of its termination. Two more such victories would be virtual ruin. Lord Gough, with his army, was encamped at Janiki, waiting the fall or surrender of Moultan. The siege opera- tions, however, proceeding more slowly than was antici- pated, and circumstances appearing to lender further delay inadvisable, the Commander-in-Chief determined on attack- ing Shere Singh's position. The long inaction of his lord- ship's army was beginning to exercise a prejudicial influence on the minds of the natives in the Jetch Doab, and it was also expected Chutter Singh would shortly join his son with a strong force, so that it became important, if fighting Was the resolve, to fight without delay. The British troops moved from their position on the 9th January, and took up jiew ground at a place {;aUodLn"o(wpp, nhout five miles to the right, and two miles to the front, of their former, camp. Having been joined on the 11th by Brigadier Penny, with the 6th Brigade of Infantry, and having on the same day- undergone an inspection by the Commander-in-Chief, the whole force moved, on the morning of the 12th, from Lu- sooree to Dinghee. Next morning orders were issued for a further advance, which it was clear must bring our troops in contact with the enemy. About eleven a.m. the force came upon one of the out- posts of the enemy, and were fired upon from a slight emi- nence above the rest of the jungle, which, though there in dense small patches, admitted of an easy passage between the masses. Heavy guns (ten, we believe,) with three horse batteries, were ordered to the front to clear the ground, an operation of not more than five or ten minutes, the enemy retreating with their guns, but lr>< tents The column again advanced ovt.. lip Sikh picquet had been posted b.J 'V* the direction of Russool, the commander changed the plan, brought up the right, uep- t t d bL infantry line in front generally of the position ay ^ioong, thus-showing the Sikhs their strong post at as no n longer threatened. No enemy being in sight, though their camp was in full view, distant between two or three miles, the order was given for marling out the British camp for the dav, and the colour-men were actually engaged in this duty, when about two p.m. a round shot or two from the enemy, which flew over the line of demarkation of the camp, fell close to the Commander-in-Chief, showing that the place was by no means eligible for a halt. Lord Gough deter- mined at once on attacking, without a reconnoissance where the strength of the enemy actually lay, and without making the smallest preliminary arrangements for the advance. After a cannonade of between one and two hours, the left, or Brigadier-General Campbell's division, were directed to make a flank movement, and in obeying exposed their own flank to a dreadful cross fire from Sikh batteries on their left, which had not been observed, and on the 3rd and 4th Brigades, the latter being considerably in advance on the occasion, ultimately reaching the guns, they were met by such a tremendous fire that they were obliged to retire with a loss, in her Majesty's 24th Foot, more severe than any it has ever fallen to the lot of a regiment in India to suffer in the field (we do not, of course, include the Kabul massacre). As soon as it was known that these two brigades were en- gaged, the 5th was sent against the centre of what was sup- posed to be the enemy's line, and advanced, under Brigadier Mountain, in the most undaunted manner, through the jungle in the face of a fire (a storm), first of round shot, then grape, and lastly musketry, which mowed down officers and men by dozens. Still they advanced, and on reaching the guns spiked every one in front, and two others on the left, which had subsequently opened a flank fire on them; but the Sikhs no sooner saw they were deprived of the use of their guns, r 9 than they renewed such a fire with musketry, not only on the flank, but in the rear of the brigade, that common pru- dence dictated a retreat, and it was effected with the same determination that had distinguished the three brigades on the left throughout. The European and Native Infantry were not supported by artillery or cavalry, for want of due and proper arrangements. Meantime, Brigadier Godby, with Major-Gencral Sir W. Gilbert as a leader, who was on the extreme right of the Infantry line, moved forward, and, after marching through dense jungle for some minutes, came upon the enemy's Infantry; the brigade opened their fire, but the enemy were in such numbers that they easily out- flanked them. Two companies of the 2nd European Regi- ment were wheeled up, showed front, and the whole charged, but had not gone far when they found they were surrounded. They immediately faced right about, kept up some file- firing, and charged, rear rank in front. At this juncture Dawes' battery came to the rescue, and having beaten off the enemy, their guns were taken. W liile the Infantry were tlius'highly distinguishing themselves, the Cavalry on the extreme left, under Brigadier White, had made a dash- ing charge, and contributed much to the defeat of the enemy, while the cavalry on the extreme right were directed to charge a body of the enemy's cavalry, variously estimated at from 1,000 to 5,000. Instead of orders, they faced about, and in spite of the energetic endeavours of then own and other officers, left the field (with the exception of a body of the 9th Lancers, who were rallied), and made direct for the artillery, on coming up to which, instead of pulling up, they dashed through Huisli's and Christie's troops, upsetting a waggon and some horses, and directing their course to the field-hospital. The enemy, seeing the advantage, followed our cavalry, got among the horse artillery, cut down no less than seventy-three gunners, who had, by the flight of the cavalry through their ranks, been deprived of the means of defending themselves, and carried of six of the guns, two of which were subsequently reco- vered, and would have done much more harm had not Col. Lane been fortunately enabled to draw his troop out of the melee, and pour in grape so energetically that the Goor- churras thought they had done enough and fled. When the whole was over, the Commander-in-Chief rode in among the troops and was received with every demonstration of joy. Night supervened, and the Sikhs were enabled to re- cover many of their guns, from which they extracted the spikes. The loss of the Sikhs must have been very great, as in one spot above 250 dead bodies were counted. In their night excursion to recover their guns, they killed many of our wounded, and plundered all the bodies within their reach." Thirteen officers of the 24th were killed and wounded, and some 500 men of the same regiment likewise bit the dust. The 14th dragoons, it is said, mistook an order to move to the right or left for an order to retire. The Horse Artillery have called for a Court of Inquiry. Brigadier Pope, who gave the order, is now no more. The conduct of the 5th Bengal light cavalry is scarcely likely to meet with an apologist. Brigadier White protected the left of the in- fantry, Colonel Brind's guns being posted between White and Campbell's division. Bodies of Sikh cavalry made de- monstrations on our left. General Thackwell directed a squadron of the 3d dragoons and 5th light cavalry to charge them. The dragoons willingly obeyed the order, dashed through the Sikh wedge, and cut their way back. The 5th cavalry, in spite of their efforts, came back in confusion. In the 3rd squadron Unett and Stisted were wounded, and the loss among the men amounted to 46 killed and wounded. The return of killed and wounded is- OFFICEKS. Infantry officers killed and wounded 76 Staff 3 Cavalry 10 Artillery 4 93 MEN. Infantry 2,1(37 Artillery 63 Cavalry and Penny's Brigade, about 270 2,500 During the night of the 13th the British force bivouacked a little in rear of the battle-field. Next morning their camp was formed. Rain now came on and lasted without inter- mission till the evening of the 15th. During these wet and dreary days the wounded were brought in, and the dead in- terred. Lord Gough continued to occupy the same posi- tion, though it was an unfavourable place for supplies, as well as in other respects. The enemy were seen encamped at Russool (they had abandoned Moong), on a low range of hills on the right flank, and to the front of the British force. The river was behind the hills, and the Sikhs had a bridge over it. The Commander-in-Chief had directed Brigadier Wheeler's force to join him, as well as to order up the 53rd regiment from Lahore. It was not thought there would be any renewal of hostilities until reinforcements arrived for Lord Gough's army. A letter of the 19th contains the fol- lowing I hasten to tell you that the great Sikh General of Ar- tillery, Elanu Box, sent a message into our camp this morn- ing to say that he wished to surrender himself to Lord Gough, and about half an hour ago the general himself came in. Two of the 9th Lancers, taken prisoners, have been sent back with a letter from the Shere to Lord Gough, say- ing he was not the aggressor. Lord Gough returned a let- ter of thanks to the Shere for his kind treatment of the prisoners, and here the matter ends. Lord Gough's general- ship in attacking the Sikhs so late in the day, with such precipitation, and in a manner so disorderly, has been very DC CI elj \.J\UOlç:-a.n. Dost Mahomed Khan, of Cabool, has received, at the hands of a general assembly of Mohammedan chiefs at Peshawur, the title of Ameer il- Momen een, signifying Chief of the Mohammedans, or Defender of the Mohammedan Faith. Lord Gough is described as being quite at a loss, but ulti- 0 mately he resolved to intrench himself where he was. It is said that lie wrote a brief notification to the Governor- General, stating that the troops under Shere Singh had been entirely defeated, and driven back at every point with the loss of many of their guns, and had relinquished all the positions in which they had been intrenched. For three day.i "11 despatch of letters from the camp was prevented; was then a burst" of them.