The third descent through the Koojah Pass
Artist: Atkinson, James (1780-1852)
This is plate 13 from 'Sketches in Afghaunistan' by James Atkinson. Progressing towards the border of Afghanistan, the Army of the Indus crossed the Khojak Pass in three stages. Each stage was sketched by Atkinson. The group in the foreground are an encampment of the First Bengal European Regiment, with a group of camp-followers. Atkinson noted: "much difficulty was here incurred, in getting over the park of artillery, which occupied no less than five days of indefatigable exertion, performed by the troops, under a burning sun, with the utmost cheerfulness." He wrote that they were continually preyed upon by the mountain tribes who carried out "plunder, in every description of articles ... rolling down heavy stones from the crags which overlooked the regimental bazaar, and firing into the camp."