7th Hussars

River Raptee

This contemporary drawing by Lieut-General H Hope Crealock depicts the actions of the 3rd and 4th squadrons of the 7th Hussars on 29th Dec 1858 when they ill-advisedly charged into the River Raptee to catch and kill the rebels they had pursued over such a distance. On the left of the picture is Lieut Stewart firing his pistol at a large sowar who lifts his talwar over his head. Behind them is Captain Sisted about to be pushed under the water by his rearing horse. Lieut-Colonel Sir William Russell is in the lower right-hand corner with his hand raised shouting "Steady, men, steady!"

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