The rest of the force, nearly 4,000 effective men, was left in Rangoon under Brigadier McCreagh, who was to form a reserve column as soon as transport could be collected and follow the Commander-in-Chief.
. . The strength of the two columns was as
Distribution of army. A a A
* follows :a
Rocket troop ...
1st troop Horse artillery
Governor General's Body-guard
Bank and file.
36 91 523 1,230 600 257
Rocket troop Artillery (foot) European infantry Native infantry ..
Total Grand Total
108 790 250
... ? 1,169
The flotilla consisted of 62 boats,* each carrying one or two pieces of artillery, and the boats of all the ships of war off Rangoon. The river column started on the 16th February 1825.
The land column under General Campbell marched on the 13th February* and proceeded along a narrow and difficult path a short distance from the left bank of the Lyne (Hlieng) river and in a north-westerly direction. On the 17th the force reached Mophi, the Burmese garrison of which place escaped. Leaving Mophi on the morning of the 19th, the column reached Lyne (Hlieng) on the 23rd and Sooneza on the 26th, where it halted two days. On the 2nd of March the force arrived at Tharawa (Sarawa) without sickness, the men keeping their health, although the weather was hot.
The water column reached Tusit on the 17th February, and destroyed
Pro of rier column three stockades newly erected, but unoccupied. On ess nv ' the 19th the advance arrived at Paulang. The body
of the column then anchored, and General Cotton advanced to reconnoitre* It being too late to complete the reconnaissance, the light divisions anchored immediately out of gunshot. During* the night some fire-rafts were launched by the enemy, but were kept off. On the left of Paulang is an outward, stockade called Youthel, and opposite on the right bank was another named Mighee ; and about a mile further up the river on the point of land formed by the river dividing was the very extensive stockade of Paulang. A point of land about 500 yards distant from the outer works was immediately occupied* and a battery of four mortars and 26-pounders erected under the direction of Captain Kerman. This opened fire in an hour after the order to form it had been received. The enemy fired from both their positions, but deserted thenj the moment the troops landed to assault. All the'other works were found
* It is presumed that these were the war-boats captured from the enemy which were eA* down and turned into transport boats. The dimensions of the largest war-boats were AJ follows :a Length 83 feet, breadth 12 feet 6 inches, depth 5 feet 6 inches, pulling 52 oars carrying one 9-pounder.* It is presumed that these were the war-boats captured from the enemy which were eA * down and turned into transport boats. The dimensions of the largest war-boats were A J follows :a Length 83 feet, breadth 12 feet 6 inches, depth 5 feet 6 inches, pulling 52 oars carrying one 9-pounder.