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Tugela

a river in E South Africa, rising in the Drakensberg where it forms the Tugela Falls, 856 m (2810 ft.) high (highest waterfall in Africa), before flowing east to the Indian Ocean: scene of battles during the Zulu War (1879) and the Boer War (1899--1902). Length: about 500 km (312 miles)
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Tugela

 

a river in the Republic of South Africa. The Tugela rises in the Drakensberg Mountains and empties into the Indian Ocean north of Durban. The river is famous for the Tugela Falls (933 m high), located in the river’s upper course, the highest waterfall in Africa and one of the highest in the world.

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Born in Plymouth, the son of William Wheaton and Jane Brimacombe Chard (1847); attended the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich, and commissioned lieutenant in the Royal Engineers on graduation (1868); captain and brevet major at the outbreak of the Zulu War (early January 1879), and placed in charge of the crossing facilities at Rorke's Drift (near Ladysmith) on the Tugela River; commanded the tiny British garrison of 140 (of whom 30 were sick or wounded) and defended it successfully against repeated attacks by a force of 4,000 Zulus (night January 22-23); awarded a Victoria Cross, along with his fellow officer, Capt.
Principal battles: Amoaful (village near Kumasi) (1874); Hlobane, Kambula (both near Vryheid), and Ulundi (1879); Suakin (1884); Colenso (near Pietermaritzburg) (1899); Spion Kop, Vaal Krantz (both near Ladysmith), Tugela River, and Bergendal (near Machadadorp) (1900).