Harry Smith's Last Throw

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The War of Mlanjeni was the longest conflict in South African history until the second Anglo-Boer War. The loss of life was substantially heavier than that of the Zulu War of 1879 and the political after-effects of it were significantly greater than those that followed the Zulu War.

The Zulu War has been the subject of numerous accounts but the silence surrounding the Eighth Frontier War is deafening. Harry Smith's Last Throw fills this gap: a moving history, vividly drawn out ...

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Harry Smith's Last Throw: The Eight Cape Frontier War 1850-1853

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Overview

The War of Mlanjeni was the longest conflict in South African history until the second Anglo-Boer War. The loss of life was substantially heavier than that of the Zulu War of 1879 and the political after-effects of it were significantly greater than those that followed the Zulu War.

The Zulu War has been the subject of numerous accounts but the silence surrounding the Eighth Frontier War is deafening. Harry Smith's Last Throw fills this gap: a moving history, vividly drawn out using eye-witness accounts. The narrative is not limited to the British perspective. Xhosa accounts have been translated (many for the first time) to avoid an Anglo-centric bias. For both sides by the 8th War there was a great deal of blood to avenge and brutal killings were perpetrated by many combatants.

The author provides a colorful backdrop, explaining how the Dutch East India Company came to the Cape to establish a provision station for ships on the way to its East Indies empire. Dutch Burghers settled there but the Company had no interest in Africa itself. In order to be viable farms had to be large and this created a class of independent-minded who looked increasingly to the interior of Africa, pushing the Colony's borders. The wars with the Xhosa were the result of the eventual expansion of these boundaries into Xhosa territory.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848326460
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
  • Publication date: 5/19/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,111,462
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrations ix

Genealogical Tables xi

Abbreviations xvi

Foreword: The Land is Dead Ian Knight xvii

Acknowledgements xxiii

Introduction 1

1 Setting the Scene 9

The Indigenous People 9

The Cape Settlement 10

A British Colony 14

Enter Harry Smith 19

The Kat River Settlement 25

2 I Will Be Governor 30

Aucto Splendore Resurgo 30

On the Frontier 32

Sound the Tocsin 36

The Grand Tour 40

Reduction of Troops 42

Rise of Mlanjeni 43

3 War's Grim Visage 48

Ambush at Boma PassM 48

Massacre in the Military Villages 59

The Governor Besieged 64

Battle for Fort White 65

4 Desertions and Incursions 67

The Waterkloof TriangleM 67

Fort BeaufortM 77

Sipton ManorM 81

Fort BeaufortM 83

5 The Colony Fights Back 87

Battle of Fort BeaufortM 87

Loss of Fort Armstrong 94

The Thembu Rebellion 95

Post RetiefM 98

'Hartebeestfontein'M 100

6 The End of the Beginning 105

Balfour and Fort ArmstrongM 105

State of the Colony 113

Losses and Gains 115

Rebellion at Theopolis 119

The Amatholas 120

A Loss of Confidence 124

7 The New Battleground 127

The Fox's Lair, July 1851M 127

Further Arrivals 134

Baptism of Fire 135

Terror at Niland's PassM 139

8 October on the Kroome Heights 149

First October CampaignM 149

Second October CampaignM 164

9 The Writing on the Wall 172

The Last October CampaignM 172

Despatches from London 179

Leopard of FordyceM 182

Invasion of the Transkei 192

10 Harry Smith Learns his Fate 197

The Last Throw 197

Thembu in the WaterkloofM 198

Loss of the Birkenhead 205

Harry Smith IntervenesM 208

Cleaning Up 216

11 Changes 219

The New Governor 219

The Kroome Heights April-May 1852M 221

Abduction of a Spy 223

Major Hogge Departs 224

Cathcart's Preparations 225

Murray's Krantz, June 1852 227

The Kroome Heights, July 1852M 228

12 The Peace 240

Take No Prisoners 240

Cathcart's Transkei Invasion 241

The Last Kroome Assault, September 1852M 244

Surrender of the Chiefs 258

Epilogue 261

The Xhosa 261

The Chiefs 264

The British 268

Notes 271

Note on Sources 294

Bibliography 296

Index 302

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