Dagu and Tianjin Again
The allies landed some miles from Dagu. Soon they secured a village upstream on the Haihe River. Its position commanded all other Dagu defences: its fall would compel the surrender of the rest. Grant took it with small losses. Some French, English and Indian units went on to the next fort, where they found several thousand men who surrendered, pleading for their lives. The general just disarmed them and told them to get lost. The rest of Dagu surrendered when the allies showed that they had no interest in harming civilians. Allied commanders travelled upstream to Tianjin again, but after some Chinese prevarication, Elgin saw that he would have to march on to Beijing itself.