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London to Ladysmith via Pretoria   By: (1874-1965)

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LONDON TO LADYSMITH VIA PRETORIA

BY

WINSTON SPENCER CHURCHILL

AUTHOR OF 'THE STORY OF THE MALAKAND FIELD FORCE, 1897', 'THE RIVER WAR: AN HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF THE RECONQUEST OF THE SOUDAN', 'SAVROLA: A ROMANCE'

LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO. 39 PATERNOSTER ROW, LONDON NEW YORK AND BOMBAY 1900

DEDICATION

THIS COLLECTION OF LETTERS IS INSCRIBED TO

THE STAFF OF THE NATAL GOVERNMENT RAILWAY

WHOSE CAREFUL AND COURAGEOUS DISCHARGE OF THEIR EVERY DAY DUTIES AMID THE PERILS OF WAR HAS MADE THEM HONOURABLY CONSPICUOUS EVEN AMONG THEIR FELLOW COLONISTS

INTRODUCTORY NOTE

This small book is mainly a personal record of my adventures and impressions during the first five months of the African War. It may also be found to give a tolerably coherent account of the operations conducted by Sir Redvers Buller for the Relief of Ladysmith. The correspondence of which it is mainly composed appeared in the columns of the Morning Post newspaper, and I propose, if I am not interrupted by the accidents of war, to continue the series of letters. The stir and tumult of a camp do not favour calm or sustained thought, and whatever is written herein must be regarded simply as the immediate effect produced by men powerfully moved, and scenes swiftly changing upon what I hope is a truth seeking mind.

The fact that a man's life depends upon my discretion compels me to omit an essential part of the story of my escape from the Boers; but if the book and its author survive the war, and when the British flag is firmly planted at Bloemfontein and Pretoria, I shall hasten to fill the gap in the narrative.

WINSTON S. CHURCHILL. March 10, 1900 .

CONTENTS

I. STEAMING SOUTH R.M.S. 'Dunottar Castle,' October 26 and October 29, 1899

II. THE STATE OF THE GAME Capetown; November 1, 1899

III. ALONG THE SOUTHERN FRONTIER East London: November 5, 1899

IV. IN NATAL Estcourt: November 6, 1899

V. A CRUISE IN THE ARMOURED TRAIN Estcourt: November 9, 1899

VI. DISTANT GUNS Estcourt: November 10, 1899

VII. THE FATE OF THE ARMOURED TRAIN Pretoria: November 20, 1899

VIII. PRISONERS OF WAR Pretoria: November 24, 1899

IX. THROUGH THE DUTCH CAMPS Pretoria: November 30, 1899

X. IN AFRIKANDER BONDS Pretoria: December 3, 1899

XI. I ESCAPE FROM THE BOERS Lourenço Marques: December 22, 1899

XII. BACK TO THE BRITISH LINES Frere: December 24, 1899

XIII. CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR Frere: January 4, 1900

XIV. A MILITARY DEMONSTRATION AND SOME GOOD NEWS Chieveley: January 8, 1900

XV. THE DASH FOR POTGIETER'S FERRY Spearman's Hill: January 13, 1900

XVI. TRICHARDT'S DRIFT AND THE AFFAIR OF ACTON HOMES Venter's Spruit: January 22, 1900

XVII. THE BATTLE OF SPION KOP Venter's Spruit: January 25, 1900

XVIII. THROUGH THE FIVE DAYS' ACTION Venter's Spruit: January 25, 1900

XIX. A FRESH EFFORT AND AN ARMY CHAPLAIN Spearman's Hill: February 4, 1900

XX. THE COMBAT OF VAAL KRANTZ General Buller's Headquarters: February 9, 1900

XXI. HUSSAR HILL General Buller's Headquarters: February 15, 1900

XXII. THE ENGAGEMENT OF MONTE CRISTO Cingolo Neck: February 19, 1900

XXIII. THE PASSAGE OF THE TUGELA Hospital ship 'Maine': March 4, 1900

XXIV. THE BATTLE OF PIETERS: THE THIRD DAY Hospital ship 'Maine': March 5, 1900

XXV. UPON MAJUBA DAY Commandant's Office, Durban: March 6, 1900

XXVI. THE RELIEF OF LADYSMITH Commandant's Office, Durban: March 9, 1900

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