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Recollections of the Kabul Campaign, 1879 & 1880
London: W. H. Allen & Co.,, 1883. Octavo. Original red cloth neatly repaired, gilt lettered spine, drab brown endpapers. Mounted photographic portrait frontispiece of General Roberts, 7 lithographic plates (3 folding), folding map. Discreet book label of Maurice F. I'Anson on front free endpaper. Spine sunned, touch of foxing to frontispiece and title. First edition of this uncommon account of the advance of the Kurum Field Force to Kabul, the occupation of the city, and of Roberts's march on Kandahar. The author served in the Bengal medical service during the Second Afghan War. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the title page: "Sir Charles Macgregor, with the Author's very kind regards, London June 1883". An attractive association copy: Macgregor (1840-1887) army officer, explorer, and military strategist, played a prominent part in the campaign; "when the second phase of the war began, Macgregor was appointed chief of staff to Sir Frederick Roberts, accompanying the advance from Ali Khel in the Kurram valley across the Shutar Gardan Pass. He took an active part in the battle of Charasia, capture of Kabul, and occupation of the Sherpur cantonment. On 11 December 1879 Macgregor recaptured from the enemy the four abandoned British guns at Kala-i-Aoshar outside Kabul. He took a leading part in the defence of Sherpur and the subsequent fighting in Maidan and Wardak. When Sir Donald Stewart arrived from Kandahar, Macgregor became his chief of staff until the defeat at Maiwand. Macgregor then commanded the 3rd infantry brigade of Sir Frederick Roberts's Kabul?-Kandahar field force during the march to Kandahar, and was present at the final victory over Ayub Khan's army on the banks of the Arghandab" (ODNB).
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