The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - Appendices. 'Detailed Report on the Naga Hills Expedition of 1878-80', Capt. P.J. Maitland

caption: Col. Johnstone's description of the relief of Kohima
caption: Major Evans march from Samaguting to Kohima
medium: reports
person: Johnstone/ Col.Evans/ Maj.Barrett/ Lt.Maxwell/ Lt.
person: Maitland/ Capt. P.J.
date: 1880
person: India Office Library, London
refnum: IOR L/MIL/17/18/24
text: On the 30th ultimo, Major Evans marched in from Samaguting with a party of 200 men of the 43rd Native Infantry and Police, and accompanied by Lieutenants Maxwell and Barrett. As, however, I heard that Samaguting, with its large store of ammunition and supplies, was very inadequately protected, I requested him to return there, leaving Lieutenant Barrett behind, as officers were much wanted, accordingly Major Evans returned the next day. Major Evans's march was unopposed, but was a splendid instance of what men can do when well led, and he accomplished the distance from Golaghat to this, 108 miles, in six days. When near Kohima, his advance guard unfortunately shot a Naga belonging to a friendly Khel mistaking him for an enemy, an act which much irritated the Kohima people. I, however, managed to calm them down, by expressing much sorrow, and assuring them that it was an accident, and his relations have since expressed themselves as satisfied, and have accepted the blood money which I tendered, and they at first refused.