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IMPORTANT VICTORIES GAINED BY THE ALLIED TROOPS., Lyttelton Times, Volume V, Issue 307, 10 October 1855
IMPORTANT VICTORIES GAINED BY THE ALLIED TROOPS.
The Merchantman, from Auckland, brings the confirmation of the intelligence received via Sydney by the White Eagle, and the further progress of the allied troops. The following important news we give from the Sydney and Auckland papers to hand :— " (From the Sydney Empire, Sept. Sth.) The news of Sebastopol having fallen on the 17th June, which was reported as having been brought to this hemisphere by the Storm Cloud, cannot be corroborated by any authorised intelligence of which that clipper ship was the bearer—seeing that its latest intelligence from even the port of its departure extends not further than the 15th of that month. But, although the wish that was father tp^the thought, bad doomed the Rputhern stronghold .of-the Czar to fall by a cer-.J-o-in day; we are still not disposed to doubt the as early consummation of that wish, which the recent brilliant successes of the allies, and the secret influence which such a chain of victories must exercise on the hearts and the powers of the defeated, would fairly seem to justify. Thereprint which we yesterday issued from our watchful Melbourne contemporary, though it gives us 11 days later news from England, affords us no reliable information of what has really transpired at the seat of war beyond the glorious "results of the 7ih and Sth of June. Hence, more than a week's news must reach us ere we can --redibly assert that Sebastopol had not fallen, or that, in reality, it was in the possession of the allies, by the evening of the 17th June.
(From the Southern Cross.) By the arrival at Russell of the clipperschooner Pride of the Sea, we are favoured with Sydney papers to the 3th September, containing highly important intelligence. The news was received at Launceston by the clipper-ship Storm Cloud, which, with three hundred and sixty immigrants for the St. Andrew's Society, arrived at Launceston on Monday, the 27th ult., making tbe quickest passage on record to that port, having sailed from Glasgow on the 17th June. The news was conveyed from that port to Melbourne by the Royal Shepherd steamer ; from Melbourne to Sydney by the Waralah steamer; aud from Sydney to this port by tbe Pride of the Sea. , The following summary is from- the Argus. Our readers will be glad to learn that tbe intelligence recently brought from the Cape, of great successes on the part of the Allies, is confirmed by tbis arrival, and that further operations in the sea of Azov and its neighbourhood have been attended with-so satisfactory a result, that the Crimean tragedy seems fast hurrying towards its closing scene. The supplies of the Russians have been cutoff to an enormous extent, and the enemy is rapidly becoming so far cowed and depressed by adverse circumstances that complete victory appears more and more certainly impending, and more and more easy of attainment The Times says, " The last telegraphic intelligence from the Crimea realizes the sanguine expectations which had been entertained of the victorious progress of the Allied forces both in the Sea of Azov and in the lines before Sebastopol. On the 3rd, sth, and 6th of June, the squadron, commanded by Captain Lyons, of tbe steam corvette Miranda, and by Captain de Sedaiges, of the French navy, directed its formidable operations, with complete success, against the important towns of Taganrog, Marionople, and Gheiskf in the Sea of Azov. At all these places immense supplies of stores and pvqjA'"'i*ns belonging to the enemy appear to nave-oeen found and destroyed, and we are satisfied that no military operation could have produced a greater effect on the Russians, as a people, than this sudden and irresistible visitation of the naval forces of the Allies. Yet, even these highly important achievements of the fleet subside into secondary im. portance when compared with the results of the last operations against Sebastopol itself. A former telegraphic message had already apprised us that tbe bombardment of the place had recommenced, for the 3rd time, on the 6th June, and it appears to have been sustained with great spirit for thirty-six hours. To take advantage of the results of tbe bombardment at the earliest possible moment, the French columns which occupied the advanced work in front of the Mamelon were ordered at half-past six o'clock
on the evening of the 7th to attack that position. The attack of the French was extremely brilliant) an(l within an hour the Mamelon was in the possession of our gallant allies, who pursued the Russians to. the Works of the White Tower. The language of the despatch does not clearly explain whether the expression " White Work" used by Lord Raglan applies to tbe Malakoff Tower, or to the earthworks beyond it; but there is reason to believe that the Tower itself had been destroyed in great part by the previous bombardment, and that tbe most important point of the position has been taken, and is held by the French. Having carried the Mamelon, however, General Pelissier expressly states that the French pushed forward until they reached and occupied two redoubts resting upon the Careening Harbour. This was one of the most important results of the day, for it completes the investment of the south, side of Sebastopol, and brings the works of the besiegers to the sea within tbe harbour, thereby enabling them to complete the destruction of the Russian ships, and to command the passage of the Great Harbour. For the first time since the commencement of the siege, a large body of Russian prisoners, 400 in number, and the whole of tbe Russian artillery on the Main-lon, were captured —--a fact which perhaps proves more forcibly than ail that is yet known to us the glorious and decisive character of the engagement. Meanwhile the British troops on the left were noi less vigorously and successfully employed. They forced their way with the utmost gallantry, and effected a lodgment in the position termed the Quarries, between Chapman's Battery and the Ovens, on the slope of the ravine towards the inner harbour, and this was one of the Russian outworks which had impeded by a galling fire the advance of our own approaches. We receive with the liveliest satisfaction this first account of more daring and successful achievements. They show that under the guidance of a determined and able leader, the French army has more than effaced the slight check it underwent some weeks back in the attempt to drive the Russians from the Mamelon, for it has now accomplished that important movement in the face of day. They show further, that the fire of the Russian batteries, and the strength of tbe garrison, must have materially, decreased, since positions are now carried with comparative ease which have defied our previous exertions. But, above all, these events show that the allied armies are steadily advancing towards the successful termination of their enterprize,—that the perseverance and bravery ofour troops are overpowering the resistance of the enemy, and that the Russians are cut off in Sebastopol just at tbe moment when their supplies are stopped in the Sea of Azoff. The British lost 400 men, in killed and wounded, in the conflict of the 7th June. The following officers were killed :— Capt. Muller, 2nd Battalion Royals. Lieut. Lawrence, 34th Regiment. Lieut. Stone, 55th ditto. Lieut. Col. Shearman, 62nd ditto. Major Dixon, 62nd ditto. , Lieut. Machell, 62nd ditto. Captain Forster, 62nd do. Capt. Bayley, SStb ditto. Capt. Corbet.., 88th do. Capt. Wray/88tb do. Lieut. Low'ry, R.E. The French loss was considerable. .We give the following despatches received from the Allied Commanders :— A supplement to tbe ' Gazette,'of the 14th June, contains official despatches from Lord Raglan and Admiral Lyons, dated May 29. They refer to the operations already known, the telegraph having anticipated their principal details. Admiral Lyons says, " The quantity of provisions destroyed by tbe allies comprised nearly 4 month's rations for an army of 100,000 men, and it seems that shortly before our arrival the enemy had commenced sending towards Sebastopol daily aboul 1500 waggons, each containing half a ton weight of grain or flour." The despatch continues: "Sir G. Brown, confidently; expects that by the 7th inst. Yenikale will be in such a state of defence as to justify his leaving it in tbe charge of the Ottoman troops now here, and that the British and French will be. at liberty to proceed to tbe attack on Aim pa in order to drive tbe enemy out of this last hold on the Circassian coast." The Magnetic Telegraph Company have been favoured by Lord Panmure with the following
list of officers wounded between the 4th and Bth of June :— The loss of the British on the 7th and Bth was as follows :— Non-commissioned officers, drummers, and privates :- Killed, 112 ; wounded, 510 ; missing, 15. Total, 647. b OFFICERS WOUNDED. 19th Regt.—Lieutenant Evans. 20th Regt.—Lieut. Adjutant Pailfield, 30th Regt—Captain Pennefather. 49th Regt.—Major Valstrong. 49th Regt.—Captain L. Marchant, and Lieutenants Young and Eustace. 34th Regt.—Captain John Peel and Lieut. Saunders. 44th Regt.—Captain Westhead. 47th Regt.—Major Villiers, Captains Lownders and Hunter, and Lieutenant Irby. . 77th Regt.—Captain Gilby and Lieutenant Dickson. 88th Regt.—Captain Maynard. 97th Regt.—Lieutenant Macksey. 90th Regt.—Lieutenant L. C. Rendall. 96th Regt.—Lieutenant Anderson. 17th Regt. Lieutenant Boyd. 3rd Regt.—CaptainsAmbrose and A.Gordon, Lieutenant Breelow.j 7th Regt.— Major Mills, Captain Turner, Lieutenants Jones, J. F. Jones, Waller. 41st Regt.—Captain Dickson. 55th Regt.—Lieutenants Scott and Grier. ] 48th Regt.—Lieutenant Trent. Sth Regt.—L eutenant Penny. 2nd Battalion Istjßoyals.—Lieutenants Pellow, Stewart, Leege, Engineers.—Assistant-Engineers, E. J. King. The Marshal Minister of war has received the following despatch from General d'Autemarre, on the capture of Kertsch and Yenikale ; it is an interesting document:— " Our enterprize succeeds, and it is completed by results as disastrous to tlie Russians as they are reassuring for our future operations. " The destruction of the place, the stores, and maritime transports of Genitcbi, —the junction point of tbe roads from Cherson and Taganrog, the starting point of tbe communication of the main land with the tongue of Arabat and of the Servash—is a great check to the Russians. " We have struck a severe blow against their, resources and their means of provisioning. " I am, &c, " Pelissieb."
IMPORTANT VICTORIES GAINED BY THE ALLIED TROOPS., Lyttelton Times, Volume V, Issue 307, 10 October 1855
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