The Story Of Gate Pa, April 29th, 1864
General Cameron Reaches Tauranga
General Cameron Reaches Tauranga.
On April 21st., General Cameron and staff arrived by H.M.S. “Esk,” and on the 26th, 600 navals and marines were disembarked from H.M.S. “Miranda,” “Curacoa,” “Esk,” and “Harrier.” Also one 110-pounder Armstrong gun, and two 40-pounder Armstrong guns from the “Esk,” which with fourteen other guns, landed previously, were taken out by 800 troops to within easy distance of the Gate Pa and fixed in emplacements on Pukereia (Green Hill), and other points of advantage. Light defences were erected around the guns which were carefully blinded by newly cut fern.