China By Demetrius Charles Boulger































































 -  On January 7, 1841, orders were
consequently issued for an immediate attack on the Bogue forts, which had
been placed - Page 370
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On January 7, 1841, Orders Were Consequently Issued For An Immediate Attack On The Bogue Forts, Which Had Been Placed In A State Of Defense, And Which Were Manned By Large Numbers Of Chinese.

Fortunately for us, the Chinese possessed a very rudimentary knowledge of the art of war, and showed no capacity

To take advantage of the strength of their position and forts, or even of their excellent guns. The troops were landed on the coast in the early morning to operate on the flank and rear of the forts at Chuenpee. The advance squadron, under Captain, afterward Sir Thomas, Herbert, was to engage the same forts in front, while the remainder of the fleet proceeded to attack the stockades on the adjoining island of Taikok. The land force of 1,500 men and three guns had not proceeded far along the coast before it came across a strongly intrenched camp in addition to the Chuenpee forts, with several thousand troops and many guns in position. After a sharp cannonade the forts were carried at a rush, and a formidable army was driven ignominiously out of its intrenchments with hardly any loss to the assailants. The forts at Taikok were destroyed by the fire of the ships, and their guns spiked and garrisons routed by storming parties. In all, the Chinese lost 500 killed, besides an incalculable number of wounded, and many junks. The Chinese showed some courage as well as incompetence, and the English officers described their defense as "obstinate and honorable."

The capture of the Bogue forts produced immediate and important consequences.

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