The private difference between my cousin and me took its rise in a great public event in which we were both concerned-- the storming of Seringapatam, under General Baird, on the 4th of May, 1799.
In order that the circumstances may be clearly understood, I must revert for a moment to the period before the assault, and to the stories current in our camp of the treasure in jewels and gold stored up in the Palace of Seringapatam.
After having skirted the sands of Cartier, of Hibernia, Seringapatam
, and Scott, last efforts of the solid against the liquid element, on the 14th of January we lost sight of land altogether.
And then follow "The British Grenadiers," "Billy Taylor," "The Siege of Seringapatam
," "Three Jolly Postboys," and other vociferous songs in rapid succession, including "The Chesapeake and Shannon," a song lately introduced in honour of old Brooke; and when they come to the words,
The readers are also reminded that the year of betrothal is the same as of Tipu Sultan's heroic last stand at Seringapatam
against the overwhelming forces of Brigadier Arthur Wellesley, the future Duke of Wellington.
The rockets used during the Battle of Pollilur in 1780 and Siege of Seringapatam
in 1799 were said to be more advanced than the British had previously seen.
On 4 May 1799, besieged in his fortress of Seringapatam
, Tipu Sultan was killed by East India Company forces in a battle that enabled the British to consolidate colonial power in India.
The Tiger of Mysore, as he was known, carried a distinctive bubri tiger stripe design on his artworks and weapons alike, and was killed on the walls of Seringapatam
on 4 May 1799 defending the city against the young Colonel Arthur Wellesley--the future Duke of Wellington.
And that was enacted capriciously on the plains of Seringapatam
, Mysore, in present day Karnataka State.
The medals in this group range from a Seringapatam
silver medal (1799), Military General Service Medal and Army of India pair, through to an India General Service Medal and Afghanistan Medal pair.
It also included an antique gold ring that belonged to Tippoo Sahib, Sultan of Mysore, who was killed at the Capture of Seringapatam
in 1799, in a battle between the British East India Company and the Kingdom of Mysore.
It includes Tipu Sultan's sword fitted with a captured English blade, taken as booty during the storming of the fortress of Seringapatam
by the British in May 1799.