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The remains of Colonel Felose's brigade, fix battalions, men
3,000 Ordnance .
60 Five battalions of Col. John Hessing 2,600 Ordnance . - - - . 30
Ambajee's battalions may be computed at four hundred men each, of which he has sixteen battalions 6,400
His artillery is not regularly attache ed to his battalions, and therefore often varies; but, generally speaking, may be computed at four pieces to each battalion
The battering train likewise varies, but may be computed at pieces
Total artillery of Ambajee's pieces
* Five battalions of about six hundred men each
Pieces of artillery
* I find by this, that the statement of the Begum's force, as given in the History of Shab Aulum, is partly incorrect.
Has two battalions :
in infantry Grand total infantry and cavalry Grand total artillery ditto pieces
10 31,150 38,050
09,200 - 518
REMARKS BY MR. THOMAS.
* It is proper to observe, that Mr. Perron and Ambajee are now levying troops, which may cause a material error in this statement a few months hence. Ambajee and Perron are possessed of artillery exclusive of the abovementioned; and Scindiah, by the artillery taken from Holkar, is able to add considerably to his own part.
Present state of Scindiah’s infantry. They are the worst in India; are not commanded by officers of experience, nor well armed, nor cordially attached to the fervice of their master; they are in arrears of pay, and would be defeated by a small force of regular disciplined troops, with a few pieces of well served artillery.
* This statement was made 1802.
Mr. Perron's infantry are in appearance the best troops belonging to Scindiah: they are under better subordination to their officers, and are more regularly. paid, armed, clothed, and disciplined.
The troops of the late Colonel Felose and those of Colonel Hessing, ore equal to those of Mr. Perron.
Those of Begum Somroo are in a state of insubordination, and mutinous.
Those of Ambajee and Bapoo Scindia do not deserve the name of troops ; they are undisciplined and ill-armed.
Their artillery is in general bad, and is frequently dismounted of itself in the usual course of firing in a field of battle. Mr. Thomas relates one inftance where twenty-five pieces of cannon were rendered unfit for fervice, eight of which only were struck by the enemy's shot.
Force of Ali Behaudur.
Ali Behaudur, the Marhatta chief, who is in poffefsion of the open country, as likewise several of the strong holds in Boondeelcund, has four battalions, consisting of between five and fix thousand infantry, fix or seven thoufand cavalry, with forty or fifty pieces of artillery, all of the very worst quality. The battalions, each about five hundred strong, are without discipline, or military regulation of any kind, and may be considered as a rabble.
The infantry consists of Rohillas, Boondeelahs, and Malwa Sebundys, who are armed with matchlocks.
The cavalry consists of Marhatta Mooffulmans from Cuttair, (Rohilcund) and from the Doo Ab.
The best troops in the interest of this chief are the cavalry of his associate Himmut Behaudur, the Ghoffeen; they are in number about two thousand, and are chosen men.
Himmut Behaudur has likewise a body of infantry, amounting to about three thousand. We may therefore compute the collected force of Ali Behaudur at twenty-one thousand, chiefly rabble, and incapable, says Mr. Thomas, of opposing a regular and disciplined force, though far inferior in point of numbers.
At the head of this rabble, these chiefs keep poffeffion of a country capable of yielding a revenue of one crore of rupees.. ..
Detail of the force of Ali Behaudur; four battalions, men
2,000 Irregular infantry ditto
· 6,000 Cavalry