REED, General Sir Thomas. 19023



Autograph Letter, in the third person, to Mr. Jones, 2 pp. enquiring “whether the Delhi Medal of his son, Capt Reed, late 51st Lt Infantry, who was his ADC when commanding before Delhi” has been forwarded to India. 2 pp.7 x 4 inches, fine. Westbourne Park, 8 September 1860. General Sir Thomas Reed (1796-1883) was with the 12th Light Dragoons at the Battle of Waterloo. During the First Sikh War his regiment formed part of the force which held Ferozepore under Sir John Hunter Littler. At the Battle of Ferozeshah in 1845 Reed commanded a brigade (including his own regiment) of Littler’s division and was ordered to attack the strongest part of the Sikh entrenchments where there was a large number of heavy guns served with grape and canister. When the Indian Mutiny broke out in 1857 he became provisional commander-in-chief on the death of General Anson from cholera, as the senior officer in the Bengal presidency, until Sir Patrick Grant arrived.