Wise words of an Army chaplain on the withdrawal:
“…a war begun for no wise purpose, carried on with a strange mixture of rashness and timidity, brought to a close after suffering and disaster, without much glory attached either to the government which directed, or the great body of troops which waged it.
Not one benefit, political or military, was acquired with this war.
Our eventual evacuation of the country resembled the retreat of an army defeated”.
— G.R. Gleig, in 1843, on the withdrawal of the British army the year before…