An excellent and stirring passage! Thank you for sharing, amoaful. I think it is time for me to read a bit more on this campaign.
The 1873-74 campaign was the most significant, but even here there's a dearth of readily accessible material.
The best online resource is probably from the Northeast Medals site:
http://www.northeastmedals.co.uk/britis ... 873_74.htm
Useful maps, a feature on the 4 VC winners and the collected official dispatches.
The campaign can be divided into 2 phases:
1. British amphibious landings in June 73 on the coast and several skirmishes and engagements (Elmina, Essaman etc) to push the Ashanti out of the coastal regions and back to their heartlands.
2. March of the British column from the coast into the Ashanti heartlands to the capital Coomassie. This phase included the battles of Amoaful and Ordahsu, plus other engagements at Dunquah, Fommanah, Borborassie and others.
I'll see if I can post a few brief details of some of these engagements.
Not specifically history related (and not the easiest to read), but some useful cultural background about the Ashanti including the Golden Stool. The last Anglo-Ashanti conflict in 1900 was provoked when the British resident in Kumasi made the high-handed decision to confiscate the Golden Stool. Not a clever move, as its the most sacred object to the Ashanti!
And the Ashanti capital Kumasi today:
http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/g ... kumasi.php
Lastly for now, a picture tells a thousand words. There are some great images of the 73-74 war in the picture archives of the Illustrated London News. Type Ashanti (that spelling) into the search box and you'll get 76 images. Some really give a good sense of the jungle terrain the troops marched and fought through.