- Battle of Dufile
The Battle of Dufile was fought at the fort of
Dufile, Ugandaon November 28, 1888between Mahdistforces and a garrison loyal to the Khediveof Egypt. This followed a three-day siege in which the fort was penetrated and members of steamer crews were killed in the harbour. The 1200 garrison troops were led by Selim Beywhile 1400 Mahdists were led by Umar Sālih. The Mahdists lost between 210 and 250 killed and retreated from the area for a period.
Before the siege began, news of the approach of the Mahdists allowed the concentration of troops from other garrisons at Dufile. On
November 17, Selim Bey moved women and children to safety at Wadelaialong with Emin Pasha, who had been confined at Dufile by a mutinous garrison since August 1888. Emin's departure by steamer for Wadelaithat day was saluted by the playing of the Khedivial hymn and the firing of the fort's guns to acknowledge his restoration as the Khedive's Governor of Equatoria.
A.J. Mounteney Jephson, "Diary", Edited by Dorothy Middleton, Hakluyt Society 1969
*R.O. Collins, " The Southern Sudan 1883-1898: A Struggle for Control", Yale,
*Iain R. Smith, " The Emin Pasha Relief Expedition 1886–1890", Oxford,
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