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The memorial bears the following inscription : —

TO THE MEMORY OF

MAJOR GENERAL SIR HENRY LAWRENCE, K.C.B.

AND THE

BRAVE MEN WHO FELL

IN DEFENCE OF THE RESIDENCY,

A. D., 1857.

On the right is the site of the Redan Battery, which was as redoubtable as its great namesake at Sebastopol, in its own way. The Redan on the north, the Cawnpore Battery on the south, and the Mortar Battery at the Post Office, acting in conjunction, were the salvation of the apparently doomed garrison. The Redan commanded the passage over the Iron Bridge, which will be noticed presently, and kept in check the enemy's batteries at Dil-auram and Badshah Bagh which, with those on the west, posted in mosques on the summits of mounds, played with deadly effect on the Residency : the Redan was commanded by Lieutenant Lawrence of Her Majesty's 32nd throughout the whole siege. That fearless officer was wounded several times, but, happily, recovered from his injuries.

The sites of the most important outposts and positions have now been treated of, but, at present, those posts are merely indicated by sign-posts, nothing remaining to mark their situation. After a lapse of seventeen years it will be easily understood, that a cursory examination of the ground, which has undergone so many changes, will not afford any conception of what the Bailie Guard was at the time of the sie^e. At the commencement, the whole of the defences or entrenchments, if they might be called such, consisted of a shallow ditch a few feet in breadth, the actual entrenchments were formed in great haste and by immense labour ; as the siege progressed, the garrison were made aware of their