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Second Anglo Sikh War - The Fort Govindghue, from the cirty of Amritzir
The Illustrated London News - We have been favoured by a Corresondent with the Sketch of this important Fort, the capture which (until the arrival of news this week) seemed little known. In a letter from Indian, dated 18th January, 1849, the writer says :
"I send you a view of Govindghar, the strongest place in the Punjab ; the sketch was taken by an officer at present garrisoning it. We took the place by surprise, before the sikhs had made up their minds what to do, or we should have had tough work to have got it. The Sikhs are awfully disgusted at our having got it, as they have a saying, 'Who gets Govindghar, wins.'"
It will seem, by the intelliegence just recieved, that the above Fort is intended for the prison- house of Moolraj.
This fort is situated in Umritzir, or Amritzir, a city of the Punjab, nearly half-way between the rivers Bees and Ravee. According to Aron Van Hiigel, it is a larger place than Lahore, and the wealthiest and most commercial place in Northern India. The huge fortress, Goviindghur, is its most striking object. It was built by Runjeet Singh, in 1809, ostensibly to protect the pilgrims to Amritzir, but in reality to overawe their vast and dangerious assembly. Its great neight and heavy batteries, rising one above the other, give it a very imposing appearance. It contained, at the time of Hiigel's visit, the treasure of Runjeet Singh computed to amount to £30,000,000 sterling, a sum which there is good reason to believe greatly exaggerated. Here is also the mint of the Sikh Government. "

 

 

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