In March 1900, Frederick Hodgson, the British Governor of the Gold Coast, demanded to sit on the Golden Stool of the Ashanti people in Ghana. The Golden Stool had great historical and symbolic significance for the Ashanti people and the Governor's demand was perceived as nothing short of a declaration of war: they responded by besieging the garrison in the city of Kumasi. British troops were sent in and recaptured the city in September 1900. C. H. Armitage (1869-1933), private secretary to Hodgson (and later himself to serve as Governor of Gambia) and A. F. Montanaro (1862-1914) were in the British retaliatory force, and as such perfectly positioned to give a first-hand account of the episode. The book was originally published in 1901 and is divided into two parts. The first part, by Armitage, describes the Ashanti siege of Kumasi, and in the second part Montanaro relates the British response.
Table of Contents
Prefatory note; Part I. Capt. Armitage's Narrative: 1. The quest of the golden stool; 2. The first engagement; 3. The rebellion comes to a head; 4. Shut up in Kumasi; 5. With the Lagos Haussa column to Kumasi; 6. Operations against the besiegers; 7. A broken armistice and its sequel; 8. Rumours of relief; 9. Preparations for cutting through; 10. The march out from Kumasi; 11. The Kumasi column's march to the coast; Part II. Lieut.-Col. Montanaro's Narrative: 12. Preparations in the Gold Coast; 13. How Kumasi was relieved; 14. The siege of Kumasi (June 23 to July 15); 15. From the coast to Bekwai; 16. Punitive operation begun; 17. With Beddoes' and Burroughs' columns; 18. Operations round Kumasi; 19. An expedition against a fetish town; 20. A victory in the north-west; 21. Longing for the finish; 22. The close of the campaign; Appendices; Index.