Muslim Prince Haidar Ali Defeats British for the Second Time
Author: British Lieutenant
I am writing from Seringapatam, India. Our forces are in retreat. The Indian rocketeer corps of Haidar Ali ambushed our rear just when we were going to attack them yesterday. We barely recovered. Now they are attacking us again. Ali's ten-pound rockets, which can strike from more than a mile away, instantly blew up four men next to me. I am lucky to be alive. The rockets and musketry from twenty thousand of them were incessant. No hail could have been thicker. Every illumination of blue lights is accompanied by a shower of rockets, causing death wounds and dreadful lacerations from the long bamboos of twenty or thirty feet.