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COURTS MARTIAL

LONDON: PRINTED BY

SPOTTISWOODE AND CO., NEW-STREET SQUARE AND PARLIAMENT STREET

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MAJOR OF BRIGADE, NORTH EASTERN DISTRICT, AND DEPUTY JUDGE ADVOCATE

SIXTH EDITION

LONDON

JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET

All rights reserved

BY THE SAME AUTHOR.

The APPLICATION of ARTILLERY in the FIELD,

&c. &c. 8vo. 1819.

The EFFECT of HEAVY ORDNANCE, directed against and applied by Ships of War. 8vo. 1837.

A DISCUSSION on the PRESENT ARMAMENT of the NAVY. 8vo. 1839.

EDITOR'S, PREFACE

TO THE

SIXTH EDITION.

THE Author, some months before his death in the year 1842, desired his eldest son to continue his work on the subject of Courts Martial. This he undertook to do with the sanction and encouragement of Lord Hill (the General Commanding in Chief), the late Lord Raglan (the Military Secretary), and the late Lord Hardinge, who was then Secretary at War; and now, looking back for more than thirty years, he desires to acknowledge that it is only by the necessary information having been supplied by every department to which he has had occasion to apply, that he has been able to bring out the several editions, from the third in 1843 to the present.

In the fourth edition (1851) he had the advantage of additional information collected by his next brother, the late Major Egbert Simmous, 5th Fusiliers, then Deputy Judge Advocate at the Mauritius, and the Editor had hoped that he would have relieved him of the responsibility of future revisions. When there was an end to this hope (a), he had no heart to return to the work himself; but after the

(a) A fifth edition by Major Egbert Simmons was announced in 1857, but at that very time he was unexpectedly ordered on active service. In the absence of the Lieutenant Colonel, who had been appointed to a brigade shortly after the Fifth landed in India,

Major Simmons commanded the regiment during the whole of the operations, which were closed by the relief of Lucknow on the 25th September.

Major General Sir J. Outram, in his orders of the 26th September, speaks of the 5th Fusiliers as having led the

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