General Hope Grant feels his orders are too restrictive, denying him the ability to act on his own initiative. He does not want to inflame the Pandies by being seen to withdraw from engaging them. That said he will scrupulously obey orders and can take great satisfaction in the retribution his column will deal out to the natives.
His force consists of:
Hodgeson’s Horse, a Sikh formation perhaps more committed to loot than battle.
A British Battalion, still musket armed.
At his own request, he is accompanied by a single battery of artillery.