Mudki Map

At Mudki, after the men had completed a long and fatiguing march and were about to camp, a Sikh army came into view. Gough immediately went on the attack. His guns silenced the Sikh artillery and his cavalry drove off their cavalry. The Sikh infantry, however, had established themselves in front of a jungle and stood firm. A desperate and bloody battle ensued. As daylight faded there was chaos because clouds of smoke added to the darkness and regiments fired on each other. A spirited charge by the 50th, led by Harry Smith, into the thick of the Sikhs provided some impetus but it wasn't until the moon came out that the Sikhs could see no hope and they fell back on Ferozeshah.

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