Thereafter he took part in the siege of Ladysmith. Steyn, informing him that he had been appointed a Fighting General and was to proceed to the Western frontier. De Wet was to be Cronje's second-in-command. The British advance commenced on 11 February with General French outflanking Cronje at Magersfontein and riding towards Kimberley.
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De Wet's raid on the ox wagon convoy at Watervals Drift, capturing oxen, did not stem the tide. Kimberley's siege was relieved on 15 February and Cronje surrendered with men at Paardeberg on 27 February. They could not contain the British advance towards the Free State capital, Bloemfontein, which was taken unopposed on 13 March His next successful action was the surprise attack on Sanna's Post near Bloemfontein on 31 March This was followed on 4 April by the victory of Reddersburg.
He came to be regarded as the most formidable leader of the Boers in their guerrilla warfare. Sometimes severely handled by the British, sometimes escaping only by the narrowest of margins from the columns which attempted to surround him and falling upon and annihilating isolated British posts, De Wet continued his successful career to the end of the war, striking heavily where he could and evading every attempt to bring him to bay. His brother Piet Daniel De Wet, another successful Boer general, was captured by the British in July and subsequently served against Christiaan as a member of the National Scouts Boers serving with the British forces.
Christiaan de Wet
De Wet took an active part in the peace negotiations of De Wet was one of the signatories of the Treaty of Vereeniging. At the conclusion of the war he visited Europe with other Boer generals.
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While in England the generals unsuccessfully sought a modification of the peace terms concluded in Pretoria. In November , he was elected a member of the first parliament of the Orange River Colony and was appointed minister of agriculture. In he was a delegate to the Closer Union Convention.
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De Wet was one of the leaders of the Maritz Rebellion which broke out in The general remarked: "Thank God it is not an Englishman who captured me after all ". He was released after one year's imprisonment, after giving a written promise to take no further part in politics.
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Die stryd tussen Boer en Brit. Trois ans de guerre.