Capture of the Chinese forts by the Allies.
--The steamer Canada
's files embrace some additional particulars regarding affairs in China
The dates from Hong Kong
are to Sept. 12th.
It was reported that Lord Elgin and Baron Gros
, the English
and French Ministers, had gone to Pekin
as guests of the Emperor
, under a small escort of cavalry.
The conquest of the Chinese forts is described as a dashing affair.
The Allies had a march of twelve miles, and found the road strongly fortified, indicating unwonted skill.
captured the first fort, and the possession of this brought the Allies within half a mile of the great North Fort
, the key to the whole position of the enemy.
The attack on this fort was made on the morning of the 21st, four English and four French gun-boats meanwhile drawing off the attention of the forts lower down.
When the batteries were opened, the execution of the Armstrong
guns proved tremendous, the shells bursting within the walls of the forts, producing an awful explosion, which shook the ground amid the ruins.
The Tartars stood to their guns, and as the field-places of the Allies advanced, the riflemen got under the walls.
The fire from the forts was still hot, however, and many were struck by rude missiles, and hence much loss was sustained by the Allies.
The resistance of the Tartars was at last overcome, and they surrendered to the Allies.
The other forts soon followed, not, however, without some chicanery on the part of the Viceroy.--The loss sustained by the Allies was severe.
Twenty-two officers were wounded, and two dangerously.
The 44th British Regiment had ten men killed and fifty wounded. The 67th had six killed and forty dangerously wounded.
The total British loss is, killed and wounded, 161.