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GENERAL GORDON

[Illustration: C. G. Gordon

P.S. I am quite happy, thank God, & like Lawrence, I have "tried to do my duty."

Copied from the Original Engraving by permission of F. C. MCQUEEN & SONS, sole Proprietors of the Copyright. ]

GENERAL GORDON

A Christian Hero

by

LIEUT. COLONEL SETON CHURCHILL

Author of "Stepping Stones to Higher Things," Etc.

13th Edition ( Completing 41,000 Copies )

London James Nisbet & Co., Limited 21 Berners Street

1907

Printed by Ballantyne, Hanson & Co. At the Ballantyne Press, Edinburgh

DEDICATED

TO THE

YOUNG MEN OF ENGLAND

WITH THE EARNEST DESIRE THAT SOME OF THE NOBLE GODLIKE CHARACTERISTICS OF THIS

CHRISTIAN SOLDIER AND HERO

MAY BE REPRODUCED IN FUTURE GENERATIONS

CONTENTS

CHAP. PAGE

I. INTRODUCTION 1

II. EARLY LIFE AND CRIMEAN WAR 12

III. CHINESE WAR AND TAIPING REBELLION 25

IV. GORDON'S FIRST COMMAND 36

V. PROGRESS OF THE REBELLION 50

VI. END OF THE REBELLION 65

VII. AT GRAVESEND 80

VIII. GORDON'S SIMPLE FAITH 92

IX. HIS CATHOLICITY 114

X. GOVERNOR OF THE EQUATORIAL PROVINCE 135

XI. GOVERNOR GENERAL OF THE SOUDAN 157

XII. ABYSSINIA, INDIA, AND CHINA 178

XIII. MAURITIUS, CAPE, AND PALESTINE 190

XIV. KHARTOUM 209

XV. THE SIEGE 230

XVI. THE FALL OF KHARTOUM 246

XVII. CONCLUSION 263

LIFE OF GORDON

CHAPTER I

INTRODUCTION

Lord Wolseley, on hearing an officer say that General Gordon was mad, remarked, in language similar to that used by George II. to the Duke of Newcastle about General Wolfe, that it was a great pity Gordon had not bitten more Generals, so that they might have been infected with some of his madness. Nor is there any reason why the motive power which could make a man do such noble deeds and lead such a splendid life should be confined to Generals. There are thousands of young men in this country who may be helped to live better lives by the study of such a Christian hero as Charles George Gordon undoubtedly was, and it is with that end in view that I have endeavoured to write a popular sketch of his life and character.

My object in adding to the number of biographies[1] already written of General Gordon is to meet the demand for a popular book for young men and others, which will focus the events of his life into one handy volume, and which shall at the same time give a clear insight into the religious life of this Christian hero. This I have attempted to combine with a sketch of his military, political, and social life, setting forth not only the deeds of the man, but the motive which prompted them. The best writers on Gordon have taken up parts of his life only, so that no one can get a view of it as a whole without wading through a large number of volumes, some of them very ponderous. The best record of his career in China is a work by Mr. Andrew Wilson called "The Ever Victorious Army." A smaller book by Mr. W. E. Lilley gives an interesting account of Gordon's life at Gravesend. The first part of his life in Africa is given in a larger volume by Dr. G. Birkbeck Hill, called "Colonel Gordon in Central Africa." The late Prebendary Barnes edited a small book, "Reflections in Palestine," and Mr. A. Egmont Hake has published a complete account of the hero's career at Khartoum in "The Journals of General Gordon," which were given to him in manuscript to be edited. In addition to this valuable work, the same writer, who is a distant cousin of Gordon's, has written two large volumes, embracing the whole of his life, under the title "The Story of Chinese Gordon... Continue reading book >>




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