Hodgson's Horse

HODSON, GEORGE H. Edited by. HODSON OF HODSON'S HORSE. Or, Twelve Years of a Soldier's Life in India Being extracts from the letters of the late Major W..R. Hodson, B.A., W..R. Hodson, B.A., Trinity College, Cambridge, First Bengal European Fusiliers, Commandant of Hodson's Horse With a vindication from the attacks of Mr. B. Smith and Mr. Holmes. Edited by his brother, George H. Hodson, M.A., F,S.A., Vicar of Enfield, Prebendary of ST. Paul's, Late Senior Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. Extracts from letters covering Hodson's service in the army of the East India Company from 1845 until his death at the Relief of Lucknow in 1858. Hodson served in the First Anglo-Sikh War and was appointed adjutant of the corps of guides and after the outbreak of the Mutiny was commanded to raise a troop of irregular cavalry which was named after him.

He participated in the recapture of Delhi in 1857 and was responsible for the capture of the King of Delhi and also three princes, the latter of whom he personally executed. Hodson's career was controversial and he was accused of brutality and misappropriation of funds (hence the need for the vindication): Contemporaries of Hodson recorded (in their letters and memoirs) his abilities and qualities as a cavalry officer. General Hugh Gough said in his memoirs: 'A finer or more gallant soldier never breathed. He had the true instincts of a leader of men; as a cavalry soldier he was perfection; a strong seat, a perfect swordsman, quick and intelligent. A good copy of a scarce edition. First published under the suh-tille in 1859, this version first appeared as the fourth edition in 1883.


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