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The Red Year

Louis Tracy

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. . .Europeans. We must shut up.”

That was his requiem. The startled operators at Umballa could obtain no further intelligence and the boy was slain at his post.[3]

The magistrate who galloped to the cantonment found no laggards there. Brigadier Graves sent Colonel Ripley with part of the 54th Native Infantry to occupy the Kashmir Gate. The remainder of the 54th escorted two guns under Captain de Teissier.

Ripley reached the main guard, just within the gate, when some troopers of the 3d rode up. The Colonel ordered his men to fire at them. The sepoys refused to obey, and the sowars, drawing their pistols, shot dead or severely wounded six British officers. Then the 54th bayoneted their Colonel, but, hearing the rumble of de Teissier’s guns, fled into the city. The guard of the gate, composed of men of the 38th, went with them, but their officer, Captain Wallace, had ridden, fortunately for himself, to hurry the guns. He [Pg 47]was sent on. . . Read More

Community Reviews


I thought this was a good book,but it seemed a little dated and it was highly favorable to an English point of view.

I was unfamiliar with this era of British history. There was a lot of adventure and the good guys were on both sides of the civil uprest as were the bad guys which always makes this kind of tale easier for me to digest.