from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A city of central Sudan southwest of Khartoum. Founded in the 1820s, it is an important transshipment center. Population: 393,000.
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Refugees poured into El Obeid with terrifying tales of suicidal savages armed with sticks and spears, climbing over their dead to fling themselves onto rifles and rocket launchers, massacring women and children.
Regardless, Gordon wrote to the Mahdi at El Obeid and requested a meeting.
They were to divert south towards rumored supplies of fresh water, and then loop round to attack El Obeid from the south.
The capital of Kordofan, El Obeid was stocked with the profits of the slave and ivory trades.
The Mahdi sent parties to fill in the wells on the road between El Obeid and Khartoum.
At dawn on September 8, as Garnet Wolseley edged toward Tel el-Kebir, the garrison at El Obeid squinted into the rising sun and saw the glitter of thousands of spearheads pouring toward their eastern flank.