This was a period when the British were completely engrossed in the lands beyond their charted knowledge. They had established themselves in a formidable position in India through the English East India Company and were now looking to make their presence felt further east. The prospect of Burma coming under the Union Jack was obviously most probable, and therefore soon after their consolidation act in India, they extended their gaze over the horizon, leading to one of the most transcendental wars in history, the Burmese War.
Major Snodgrass started by maintaining a journal to document the new lands that he came across on his eastward voyage from Bengal in India, but what he then managed to scribble were the precise details of a historical war. Captured from its beginning to the Treaty of Peace at Yandaboo, this book is perhaps the most detailed first-hand visualisation of the war, making it an imperative collector’s edition.
Author: Major JJ Snodgrass
Features: First Published 1852