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Ian Hamilton's March

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[Illustration: IAN HAMILTON. _From the Picture by_ John S. Sargent, R.A.]

IAN HAMILTON'S MARCH

BY WINSTON SPENCER CHURCHILL

_WITH PORTRAIT, MAPS AND PLANS_

TORONTO THE COPP, CLARK COMPANY, LIMITED

COPYRIGHT, 1900, BY WINSTON SPENCER CHURCHILL

_All rights reserved_

THIS COLLECTION OF LETTERS IS INSCRIBED TO LIEUT-GENERAL IAN HAMILTON, C.B., D.S.O. WITH WHOSE MILITARY ACHIEVEMENTS IT IS LARGELY CONCERNED

PREFACE.

This book is a continuation of those letters to the _Morning Post_ newspaper on the South African war, which have been lately published under the title 'London to Ladysmith _via_ Pretoria.' Although the letters had been read to some extent in their serial form, their reproduction in a book has been indulgently regarded by the public; and I am encouraged to repeat the experiment.

The principal event with which the second series deals is the march of Lieutenant-General Ian Hamilton's column on the flank of Lord Roberts's main army from Bloemfontein to Pretoria. This force, which encountered and overcame the brunt of the Boer resistance, which, far from the railway, marched more than 400 miles through the most fertile parts of the enemy's country, which fought ten general actions and fourteen smaller affairs, and captured five towns, was, owing to the difficulties of telegraphing, scarcely attended by a single newspaper correspondent, and accompanied continuously by none. Little has therefore been heard of its fortunes, nor do I know of anyone who is likely to write an account.

The letters now submitted to the public find in these facts their chief claim to be reprinted. While written in the style of personal narrative I have hitherto found it convenient to follow, they form a complete record of the operations of the flank column from the day when Ian Hamilton left Bloemfontein to attack the Waterworks position, until he returned to Pretoria after the successful engagement of Diamond Hill.

Although in an account written mainly in the field, and immediately after the actual events, there must be mistakes, no care has been spared in the work. The whole book has been diligently revised. Four letters, which our long marches did not allow me to finish while with the troops, have been added and are now published for the first time. The rest have been lengthened or corrected by the light of after-knowledge and reflection, and although the epistolary form remains, I hope the narrative will be found to be fairly consecutive.


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