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The Daily Dispatch: November 17, 1860., [Electronic resource], Capture of the Chinese forts by the Allies. (search)
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. The English 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,