News of The Siege Of Nandi Durg Fort By Cornwallis, 1792 Newspaper
This rare 1792 newspaper gives the news of the siege of Nandi Durg Fort by Cornwallis. The newspaper is the London-based Northampton Mercury, of May 19, 17982. It reproduces a long detailed letter written by General Charles Cornwallis to the directors of the East India Company.
The letter gives a detailed account of the siege of the Nundydroog fort. The fortress of Nundydroog (Nandi Durga) is around 60 km north of Bangalore. The steepness and the ruggedness of the hill on which the fort was built did not present a very encouraging sight to the British forces. After some loss of men, they constructed eight embrasures on the ascent of the hill.
The outer wall proved to be of a strength and thickness so much beyond all their calculations. Ultimately breaching the Nandi Durg fort after continuous canon fire for six days. Lord Cornwallis also mentions about Tipu Sultan sending another detachment with some heavy guns. Under the command of Cunmer ud Dien Cawn (Qamruddin Khan) to make a second attempt on Coimbatore. The letter goes on by giving many more details on the war with Tipu Sultan. Also reproduced is a letter by Sir George Oakeley, Governor of Madras, to the East India Company directors.
Did you know – the Nandi Durg fort was built by Tipu Sultan and was used as his Summer Palace.
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