Charge of the 3rd (King's Own) Light Dragoons at the Battle of Ferzshuhur 21 December 1845
Aquatint by J Harris after a drawing by H Martens, published by Rudolph Ackermann, 10 Mar 1847.
During the First Sikh War (1845-1846) on 21 December 1845, a British Indian force commanded by General Sir Hugh Gough encountered a Sikh army of around 40,000 troops led by General Lal Singh in an entrenched position at Ferozeshah. Gough's 18,000 strong force attacked the defences and by evening only part of them had been taken. A renewed assault the following morning forced the Sikhs out, but at heavy cost to the British.
A new Sikh army then arrived and Gough withdrew his weakened force to the entrenchments to await an attack, but the Sikhs withdrew, possible believing that they would not be able to eject the British and over estimating their strength and supplies. Whatever, the reason for the retirement, it was a lucky escape for Gough.
The print shows the 3rd (or The King's Own) Light Dragoons in action on the first day of the battle.
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