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Laswari

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LASWARI, a village in the Ulwar (Alwar) State of Rajputana, in lat. 33' 30" N., and long. 54' 45" E. It is famous in Indian history as the scene of a great battle, won by Lord Lake, on the 1st November 1803, which destroyed the Mahratta power in India. The engagement was the severest in which the E. I. Company's troops had ever been engaged, not excepting that of Assaye. It was even reported that one-half their number was left on the field, killed or wounded. On the British lido the casualties amounted to 824, one-fourth of which belonged to the 76th regiment, who bore the brunt of the action. An armed force of 9000, trained by Europeans and well armed, but from whom the European officers had been withdrawn, were defeated by 7000 under Lake, only one regiment of which was English, the opposed forces, with this exception, being fellow-country men. Laswari is the best example of a battle

fought by a purely Mahratta army against a force of combined European and native troops, the latter led by British officers. It proves, as the actions on the Sutlej and in the Panjab proved subsequently, that native soldiers will fight splendidly, even against Europeans ; that they only require to be led. Side by side with British troops, and opposed to an enemy whom those British troops are eager to encounter, they would vie with their British comrades. At Las wari, fighting against the British without Euro pean officers to lead them, they displayed, writes the historian and eye-witness, Major Thorn, a firmness of resolution and contempt of death, which would not fail to command the admiration of their opponents.—Imp. Gaz.