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British victory

Suppression of the revolt Formal end of the Mughal empire End of Company rule in India Transfer of rule to the British Crown

Territorial changes British Indian Empire created out of former East India
India
Company territory (some land returned to native rulers, other land confiscated by the British crown)

Belligerents

Sepoy
Sepoy
Mutineers Mughal Empire Gwalior
Gwalior
Factions Forces of Rani Laxmi bai, the deposed ruler of Jhansi Forces of Nana Sahib
Nana Sahib
Peshwa Followers of Birjis Qadra Oudh Followers of Babu Kunwar Singh Followers of Drig Narayan Singh Forces of Ballabgarh king Nahar Singh Followers of Rewari Chief Rao Tularam Forces of Shahmal Tomar

 British Empire Kingdom of Nepal Kingdom of Tibet East India
India
Company 21 Princely States:

Ajaigarh Alwar Bharathpur Bhopal Bijawar Bikaner Bundi Hyderabad Jaipur Jaora Jodhpur Kapurthala Jammu
Jammu
and Kashmir Kendujhar Nabha Patiala Rampur Rewa Sirmur Sirohi Udaipur Mysore Travancore

Commanders and leaders

Bakht Khan † Bahadur Shah II Mirza Mughal  Nana Sahib Tatya Tope  Rani Lakshmibai † Begum Hazrat Mahal Birjis Qadr Babu Kunwar Singh (d. April 1858)

George Anson (d. May 1857) Patrick Grant Colin Campbell (From August 1857) John Nicholson † Jung Bahadur Rana[1]

Casualties and losses

at least 100,000[2][not in citation given]-nearly 806,000 and possibly more, both in the rebellion and in famines and epidemics of disease in its wake, by comparison of sketchy pre-existing population estimates with Indian Census of 1871.[3]

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The Indian Rebellion of 1857
Indian Rebellion of 1857
was a major, but ultimately unsuccessful, uprising in India
India
between 1857–58 against the rule of the British East India
India
Company, which functioned as a sovereign power on behalf of the British Crown.[4][5] The event is known by many names, including the Sepoy
Sepoy
Mutiny, the Indian Mutiny, the Great Rebellion, the Revolt of 1857, the Indian Insurrection, and India's First War of Independence.[a][6] The rebellion began on 10 May 1857 in the form of a mutiny of sepoys of the Company's army in the garrison town of Meerut, 40 miles northeast of Delhi
Delhi
(now Old Delhi). It then erupted into other mutinies and civilian rebellions chiefly in the upper Gangetic plain and central India,[b][7][c][8] though incidents of revolt also occurred farther north and east.[d][9] The rebellion posed a considerable threat to British power in that region,[e][10] and was contained only with the rebels' defeat in Gwalior
Gwalior
on 20 June 1858.[11] On 1 November 1858, the British granted amnesty to all rebels not involved in murder, though they did not declare the hostilities formally to have ended until 8 July 1859. The Indian rebellion was fed by resentment that had emerged from British rule, including invasive British-style social reforms, harsh land taxes, summary treatment of some rich landowners and princes,[12][13] and broader scepticism about the improvements brought about by British rule.[f][14] Many Indians did rise against the British, but many others fought for the British, and the majority remained seemingly compliant to British rule.[g][h][14] Violence, which sometimes betrayed exceptional cruelty, was inflicted on both sides; on British officers and civilians (including women and children) by the rebels, and on the rebels and their supporters (sometimes including entire villages) by British reprisals. The cities of Delhi
Delhi
and Lucknow
Lucknow
were laid waste in the fighting and the British retaliation.[i][14] After the outbreak of the mutiny in Meerut, the rebels very quickly reached Delhi, whose 81-year-old Mughal ruler, Bahadur Shah Zafar, was declared the Emperor of Hindustan. Soon, the rebels also captured large tracts of the North-Western Provinces
North-Western Provinces
and Awadh
Awadh
(Oudh). The East India
India
Company's response came rapidly as well. With help from reinforcements, Kanpur
Kanpur
was retaken by mid-July 1857, and Delhi
Delhi
by the end of September.[11] Even so, it then took the remainder of 1857 and the better part of 1858 for the rebellion to be suppressed in Jhansi, Lucknow, and especially the Awadh
Awadh
countryside.[11] Other regions of Company controlled India—the Bengal
Bengal
Presidency, the Bombay Presidency and the Madras Presidency—remained largely calm.[j][8][11] In the Punjab, the Sikh
Sikh
princes crucially helped the British by providing both soldiers and support.[k][8][11] The large princely states, Hyderabad, Mysore, Travancore, and Kashmir, as well as the smaller ones of Rajputana, did not join the rebellion, serving the British, in the Governor-General Lord Canning's words, as "breakwaters in a storm."[15] In some regions, most notably in Awadh, the rebellion took on the attributes of a patriotic revolt against European presence and power.[16] However, the rebel leaders proclaimed no articles of faith that presaged a new political system.[l][17] Even so, the rebellion proved to be an important watershed in Indian- and British Empire history.[m][6][18] It led to the dissolution of the East India Company, and forced the British to reorganize the army, the financial system, and the administration in India, through the passage of the Government of India
India
Act 1858.[19] India
India
was thereafter administered directly by the British government in the new British Raj.[15] On 1 November 1858, Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
issued a proclamation to Indians, which while lacking the authority of a constitutional provision,[n][20] promised rights similar to those of other British subjects.[o][p][21] In the following decades, when admission to these rights was not always forthcoming, Indians were to pointedly refer to the Queen's proclamation in growing avowals of a new nationalism.[q][22][r][23]

Contents

1 East India
India
Company's expansion in India 2 Causes of the rebellion

2.1 The Enfield Rifle 2.2 Civilian disquiet 2.3 The Bengal
Bengal
Army

3 Onset of the Rebellion 4 Mangal Pandey

4.1 Unrest during April 1857 4.2 Meerut 4.3 Delhi

5 Supporters and opposition 6 The Revolt

6.1 Initial stages 6.2 Delhi 6.3 Cawnpore (Kanpur) 6.4 Lucknow 6.5 Jhansi

6.5.1 Indore

6.6 Other regions

6.6.1 Punjab 6.6.2 Bihar 6.6.3 Bengal
Bengal
and Tripura 6.6.4 Gujarat

6.7 British Empire

7 Aftermath

7.1 Death toll and atrocities 7.2 Reaction in Britain 7.3 Reorganisation 7.4 Military reorganisation 7.5 Awards

8 Nomenclature 9 Historiography 10 150th anniversary 11 In popular culture

11.1 Films 11.2 Theatre 11.3 Literature

12 See also 13 Notes 14 Citations 15 References

15.1 Text-books and academic monographs 15.2 Articles in journals and collections 15.3 Historiography
Historiography
and memory 15.4 Other histories 15.5 First person accounts and classic histories 15.6 Tertiary sources 15.7 Fictional and narrative literature

16 External links

East India
India
Company's expansion in India[edit] Main article: Company rule in India

India
India
in 1765 and 1805 showing East India
India
Company-governed territories in pink.

India
India
in 1837 and 1857 showing East India
India
Company-governed territories in pink

Although the British East India
India
Company had established a presence in India
India
as far back as 1612,[24] and earlier administered the factory areas established for trading purposes, its victory in the Battle of Plassey in 1757 marked the beginning of its firm foothold in eastern India. The victory was consolidated in 1764 at the Battle of Buxar, when the East India
India
Company army defeated Mughal Emperor Shah Alam II. After his defeat, the emperor granted the Company the right to the "collection of Revenue" in the provinces of Bengal, Bihar, and Odisha, known as "Diwani" to the Company.[25] The Company soon expanded its territories around its bases in Bombay and Madras; later, the Anglo-Mysore Wars
Anglo-Mysore Wars
(1766–1799) and the Anglo- Maratha
Maratha
Wars (1772–1818) led to control of even more of India.[26] In 1806, the Vellore Mutiny
Mutiny
was sparked by new uniform regulations that created resentment amongst both Hindu
Hindu
and Muslim
Muslim
sepoys.[27] After the turn of the 19th century, Governor-General Wellesley began what became two decades of accelerated expansion of Company territories.[28] This was achieved either by subsidiary alliances between the Company and local rulers or by direct military annexation. The subsidiary alliances created the princely states of the Hindu maharajas and the Muslim
Muslim
nawabs. Punjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir
Kashmir
were annexed after the Second Anglo- Sikh
Sikh
War in 1849; however, Kashmir
Kashmir
was immediately sold under the 1846 Treaty of Amritsar to the Dogra Dynasty
Dogra Dynasty
of Jammu
Jammu
and thereby became a princely state. The border dispute between Nepal
Nepal
and British India, which sharpened after 1801, had caused the Anglo-Nepalese War
Anglo-Nepalese War
of 1814–16 and brought the defeated Gurkhas
Gurkhas
under British influence. In 1854, Berar was annexed, and the state of Oudh
Oudh
was added two years later. For practical purposes, the Company was the government of much of India.[29] Causes of the rebellion[edit] Main article: Causes of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 The Indian Rebellion of 1857
Indian Rebellion of 1857
occurred as the result of an accumulation of factors over time, rather than any single event. The sepoys were Indian soldiers who were recruited into the Company's army. Just before the rebellion, there were over 300,000 sepoys in the army, compared to about 50,000 British. The forces were divided into three presidency armies: Bombay, Madras, and Bengal. The Bengal
Bengal
Army recruited higher castes, such as Rajputs and Bhumihar, mostly from the Awadh
Awadh
and Bihar
Bihar
regions, and even restricted the enlistment of lower castes in 1855. In contrast, the Madras Army
Madras Army
and Bombay Army
Bombay Army
were "more localized, caste-neutral armies" that "did not prefer high-caste men."[30] The domination of higher castes in the Bengal
Bengal
Army has been blamed in part for initial mutinies that led to the rebellion.

Two sepoy officers; a private sepoy, 1820s

In 1772, when Warren Hastings
Warren Hastings
was appointed India's first Governor-General, one of his first undertakings was the rapid expansion of the Company’s army. Since the sepoys from Bengal
Bengal
– many of whom had fought against the Company in the Battles of Plassey and Buxar – were now suspect in British eyes, Hastings recruited farther west from the high-caste rural Rajputs and Bhumihar
Bhumihar
of Awadh and Bihar, a practice that continued for the next 75 years. However, in order to forestall any social friction, the Company also took action to adapt its military practices to the requirements of their religious rituals. Consequently, these soldiers dined in separate facilities; in addition, overseas service, considered polluting to their caste, was not required of them, and the army soon came officially to recognise Hindu
Hindu
festivals. "This encouragement of high caste ritual status, however, left the government vulnerable to protest, even mutiny, whenever the sepoys detected infringement of their prerogatives."[31] Stokes argues that "The British scrupulously avoided interference with the social structure of the village community which remained largely intact."[32] After the annexation of Oudh
Oudh
(Awadh) by the East India
India
Company in 1856, many sepoys were disquieted both from losing their perquisites, as landed gentry, in the Oudh
Oudh
courts, and from the anticipation of any increased land-revenue payments that the annexation might bring about.[33] Other historians have stressed that by 1857, some Indian soldiers, interpreting the presence of missionaries as a sign of official intent, were convinced that the Company was masterminding mass conversions of Hindus and Muslims to Christianity.[34] Although earlier in the 1830s, evangelicals such as William Carey and William Wilberforce had successfully clamoured for the passage of social reform, such as the abolition of sati and allowing the remarriage of Hindu
Hindu
widows, there is little evidence that the sepoys' allegiance was affected by this.[33] However, changes in the terms of their professional service may have created resentment. As the extent of the East India
India
Company's jurisdiction expanded with victories in wars or annexation, the soldiers were now expected not only to serve in less familiar regions, such as in Burma, but also to make do without the "foreign service" remuneration that had previously been their due.[35] A major cause of resentment that arose ten months prior to the outbreak of the rebellion was the General Service Enlistment Act of 25 July 1856. As noted above, men of the Bengal
Bengal
Army had been exempted from overseas service. Specifically, they were enlisted only for service in territories to which they could march. Governor-General Lord Dalhousie saw this as an anomaly, since all sepoys of the Madras and Bombay Armies and the six "General Service" battalions of the Bengal
Bengal
Army had accepted an obligation to serve overseas if required. As a result, the burden of providing contingents for active service in Burma, readily accessible only by sea, and China
China
had fallen disproportionately on the two smaller Presidency Armies. As signed into effect by Lord Canning, Dalhousie's successor as Governor-General, the act required only new recruits to the Bengal Army to accept a commitment for general service. However, serving high-caste sepoys were fearful that it would be eventually extended to them, as well as preventing sons following fathers into an army with a strong tradition of family service.[36] There were also grievances over the issue of promotions, based on seniority. This, as well as the increasing number of European officers in the battalions,[37] made promotion slow, and many Indian officers did not reach commissioned rank until they were too old to be effective.[38] The Enfield Rifle[edit] The final spark was provided by the ammunition for the new Enfield P-53 rifle.[39] These rifles, which fired Minié balls, had a tighter fit than the earlier muskets, and used paper cartridges that came pre-greased. To load the rifle, sepoys had to bite the cartridge open to release the powder.[40] The grease used on these cartridges was rumoured to include tallow derived from beef, which would be offensive to Hindus,[41] and pork, which would be offensive to Muslims. At least one Company official pointed out the difficulties this may cause:

unless it be proven that the grease employed in these cartridges is not of a nature to offend or interfere with the prejudices of caste, it will be expedient not to issue them for test to Native corps.[42]

However, in August 1856, greased cartridge production was initiated at Fort William, Calcutta, following a British design. The grease used included tallow supplied by the Indian firm of Gangadarh Banerji & Co.[43] By January, rumours were abroad that the Enfield cartridges were greased with animal fat. Company officers became aware of the rumours through reports of an altercation between a high-caste sepoy and a low-caste labourer at Dum Dum.[44] The labourer had taunted the sepoy that by biting the cartridge, he had himself lost caste, although at this time such cartridges had been issued only at Meerut
Meerut
and not at Dum Dum.[45] There had been rumours that the British sought to destroy the religions of the Indian people, and forcing the native soldiers to break their sacred code would have certainly added to this rumour, as it apparently did. The Company was quick to reverse the effects of this policy in hopes that the unrest would be quelled.[46][47] On 27 January, Colonel Richard Birch, the Military Secretary, ordered that all cartridges issued from depots were to be free from grease, and that sepoys could grease them themselves using whatever mixture "they may prefer".[48] A modification was also made to the drill for loading so that the cartridge was torn with the hands and not bitten. This however, merely caused many sepoys to be convinced that the rumours were true and that their fears were justified. Additional rumours started that the paper in the new cartridges, which was glazed and stiffer than the previously used paper, was impregnated with grease.[49] In February, a court of inquiry was held at Barrackpore to get to the bottom of these rumours. Native soldiers called as witnesses complained of the paper "being stiff and like cloth in the mode of tearing", said that when the paper was burned it smelled of grease, and announced that the suspicion that the paper itself contained grease could not be removed from their minds.[50] Civilian disquiet[edit] The civilian rebellion was more multifarious. The rebels consisted of three groups: the feudal nobility, rural landlords called taluqdars, and the peasants. The nobility, many of whom had lost titles and domains under the Doctrine of Lapse, which refused to recognise the adopted children of princes as legal heirs, felt that the Company had interfered with a traditional system of inheritance. Rebel leaders such as Nana Sahib
Nana Sahib
and the Rani of Jhansi
Jhansi
belonged to this group; the latter, for example, was prepared to accept East India
India
Company supremacy if her adopted son was recognised as her late husband's heir.[51] In other areas of central India, such as Indore
Indore
and Saugar, where such loss of privilege had not occurred, the princes remained loyal to the Company, even in areas where the sepoys had rebelled.[52] The second group, the taluqdars, had lost half their landed estates to peasant farmers as a result of the land reforms that came in the wake of annexation of Oudh. As the rebellion gained ground, the taluqdars quickly reoccupied the lands they had lost, and paradoxically, in part because of ties of kinship and feudal loyalty, did not experience significant opposition from the peasant farmers, many of whom joined the rebellion, to the great dismay of the British.[53] It has also been suggested that heavy land-revenue assessment in some areas by the British resulted in many landowning families either losing their land or going into great debt to money lenders, and providing ultimately a reason to rebel; money lenders, in addition to the Company, were particular objects of the rebels' animosity.[54] The civilian rebellion was also highly uneven in its geographic distribution, even in areas of north-central India
India
that were no longer under British control. For example, the relatively prosperous Muzaffarnagar district, a beneficiary of a Company irrigation scheme, and next door to Meerut, where the upheaval began, stayed relatively calm throughout.[55]

Charles Canning, the Governor-General of India
India
during the rebellion.

Lord Dalhousie, the Governor-General of India
India
from 1848 to 1856, who devised the Doctrine of Lapse.

Lakshmibai, the Rani of Maratha-ruled Jhansi, one of the principal leaders of the rebellion who earlier had lost her kingdom as a result of the Doctrine of Lapse.

Bahadur Shah Zafar
Bahadur Shah Zafar
the last Mughal Emperor, crowned Emperor of India, by the Indian troops, he was deposed by the British, and died in exile in Burma

" Utilitarian
Utilitarian
and evangelical-inspired social reform",[56] including the abolition of sati[57][58] and the legalisation of widow remarriage were considered by many—especially the British themselves[59]—to have caused suspicion that Indian religious traditions were being "interfered with", with the ultimate aim of conversion.[59][60] Recent historians, including Chris Bayly, have preferred to frame this as a "clash of knowledges", with proclamations from religious authorities before the revolt and testimony after it including on such issues as the "insults to women", the rise of "low persons under British tutelage", the "pollution" caused by Western medicine and the persecuting and ignoring of traditional astrological authorities.[61] European-run schools were also a problem: according to recorded testimonies, anger had spread because of stories that mathematics was replacing religious instruction, stories were chosen that would "bring contempt" upon Indian religions, and because girl children were exposed to "moral danger" by education.[61] The justice system was considered to be inherently unfair to the Indians. The official Blue Books, East India
India
(Torture) 1855–1857, laid before the House of Commons during the sessions of 1856 and 1857, revealed that Company officers were allowed an extended series of appeals if convicted or accused of brutality or crimes against Indians. The economic policies of the East India
India
Company were also resented by many Indians.[62] The Bengal
Bengal
Army[edit] Each of the three "Presidencies" into which the East India
India
Company divided India
India
for administrative purposes maintained their own armies. Of these, the Army of the Bengal Presidency
Bengal Presidency
was the largest. Unlike the other two, it recruited heavily from among high-caste Hindus and comparatively wealthy Muslims. The Muslims formed a larger percentage of the 18 irregular cavalry units[63] within the Bengal
Bengal
army, whilst Hindus were mainly to be found in the 84 regular infantry and cavalry regiments. The sepoys were therefore affected to a large degree by the concerns of the landholding and traditional members of Indian society. In the early years of Company rule, it tolerated and even encouraged the caste privileges and customs within the Bengal
Bengal
Army, which recruited its regular soldiers almost exclusively amongst the landowning Brahmins and Rajputs of the Bihar
Bihar
and Awadh
Awadh
regions. These soldiers were known as Purbiyas. By the time these customs and privileges came to be threatened by modernising regimes in Calcutta from the 1840s onwards, the sepoys had become accustomed to very high ritual status and were extremely sensitive to suggestions that their caste might be polluted.[64] The sepoys also gradually became dissatisfied with various other aspects of army life. Their pay was relatively low and after Awadh
Awadh
and the Punjab were annexed, the soldiers no longer received extra pay (batta or bhatta) for service there, because they were no longer considered "foreign missions". The junior European officers became increasingly estranged from their soldiers, in many cases treating them as their racial inferiors. In 1856, a new Enlistment Act was introduced by the Company, which in theory made every unit in the Bengal
Bengal
Army liable to service overseas. Although it was intended to apply only to new recruits, the serving sepoys feared that the Act might be applied retroactively to them as well.[65] A high-caste Hindu who travelled in the cramped conditions of a wooden troop ship could not cook his own food on his own fire, and accordingly risked losing caste through ritual pollution.[66] Onset of the Rebellion[edit]

Indian mutiny map showing position of troops on 1 May 1857

Several months of increasing tensions coupled with various incidents preceded the actual rebellion. On 26 February 1857 the 19th Bengal Native Infantry (BNI) regiment became concerned that new cartridges they had been issued were wrapped in paper greased with cow and pig fat, which had to be opened by mouth thus affecting their religious sensibilities. Their Colonel confronted them supported by artillery and cavalry on the parade ground, but after some negotiation withdrew the artillery, and cancelled the next morning's parade.[67] Mangal Pandey[edit] Main article: Mangal Pandey On 29 March 1857 at the Barrackpore parade ground, near Calcutta, 29-year-old Mangal Pandey
Mangal Pandey
of the 34th BNI, angered by the recent actions of the East India
India
Company, declared that he would rebel against his commanders. Informed about Pandey's behaviour Sergeant-Major James Hewson went to investigate, only to have Pandey shoot at him. Hewson raised the alarm.[68] When his adjutant Lt. Henry Baugh came out to investigate the unrest, Pandey opened fire but hit Baugh's horse instead.[69] General John Hearsey came out to the parade ground to investigate, and claimed later that Mangal Pandey
Mangal Pandey
was in some kind of "religious frenzy". He ordered the Indian commander of the quarter guard Jemadar Ishwari Prasad to arrest Mangal Pandey, but the Jemadar refused. The quarter guard and other sepoys present, with the single exception of a soldier called Shaikh Paltu, drew back from restraining or arresting Mangal Pandey. Shaikh Paltu restrained Pandey from continuing his attack.[69][70] After failing to incite his comrades into an open and active rebellion, Mangal Pandey
Mangal Pandey
tried to take his own life, by placing his musket to his chest and pulling the trigger with his toe. He managed only to wound himself. Court-martialled on 6 April, he was hanged two days later. The Jemadar Ishwari Prasad was sentenced to death and hanged on 22 April. The regiment was disbanded and stripped of its uniforms because it was felt that it harboured ill-feelings towards its superiors, particularly after this incident. Shaikh Paltu was promoted to the rank of havildar in the Bengal
Bengal
Army, but was murdered shortly before the 34th BNI dispersed.[71] Sepoys in other regiments thought these punishments were harsh. The demonstration of disgrace during the formal disbanding helped foment the rebellion in view of some historians. Disgruntled ex-sepoys returned home to Awadh
Awadh
with a desire for revenge. Unrest during April 1857[edit] During April, there was unrest and fires at Agra, Allahabad
Allahabad
and Ambala. At Ambala
Ambala
in particular, which was a large military cantonment where several units had been collected for their annual musketry practice, it was clear to General Anson, Commander-in-Chief of the Bengal
Bengal
Army, that some sort of rebellion over the cartridges was imminent. Despite the objections of the civilian Governor-General's staff, he agreed to postpone the musketry practice and allow a new drill by which the soldiers tore the cartridges with their fingers rather than their teeth. However, he issued no general orders making this standard practice throughout the Bengal
Bengal
Army and, rather than remain at Ambala
Ambala
to defuse or overawe potential trouble, he then proceeded to Simla, the cool "hill station" where many high officials spent the summer. Although there was no open revolt at Ambala, there was widespread arson during late April. Barrack buildings (especially those belonging to soldiers who had used the Enfield cartridges) and European officers' bungalows were set on fire.[72] Meerut[edit]

"The Sepoy
Sepoy
revolt at Meerut," from the Illustrated London News, 1857

An 1858 photograph by Felice Beato
Felice Beato
of a mosque in Meerut
Meerut
where some of the rebel soldiers may have prayed

At Meerut, a large military cantonment, 2,357 Indian sepoys and 2,038 British soldiers were stationed along with 12 British-manned guns. The station held one of the largest concentrations of British troops in India
India
and this was later to be cited as evidence that the original rising was a spontaneous outbreak rather than a pre-planned plot.[73] Although the state of unrest within the Bengal
Bengal
Army was well known, on 24 April Lieutenant Colonel George Carmichael-Smyth, the unsympathetic commanding officer of the 3rd Bengal
Bengal
Light Cavalry, ordered 90 of his men to parade and perform firing drills. All except five of the men on parade refused to accept their cartridges. On 9 May, the remaining 85 men were court martialled, and most were sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment with hard labour. Eleven comparatively young soldiers were given five years' imprisonment. The entire garrison was paraded and watched as the condemned men were stripped of their uniforms and placed in shackles. As they were marched off to jail, the condemned soldiers berated their comrades for failing to support them. The next day was Sunday. Some Indian soldiers warned off-duty junior European officers that plans were afoot to release the imprisoned soldiers by force, but the senior officers to whom this was reported took no action. There was also unrest in the city of Meerut
Meerut
itself, with angry protests in the bazaar and some buildings being set on fire. In the evening, most European officers were preparing to attend church, while many of the European soldiers were off duty and had gone into canteens or into the bazaar in Meerut. The Indian troops, led by the 3rd Cavalry, broke into revolt. European junior officers who attempted to quell the first outbreaks were killed by the rebels. European officers' and civilians' quarters were attacked, and four civilian men, eight women and eight children were killed. Crowds in the bazaar attacked off-duty soldiers there. About 50 Indian civilians, some of them officers' servants who tried to defend or conceal their employers, were killed by the sepoys.[74] While the action of the sepoys in freeing their 85 imprisoned comrades appears to have been spontaneous, some civilian rioting in the city was reportedly encouraged by kotwal (local police commander) Dhan Singh Gurjar[75] Some sepoys (especially from the 11th Bengal
Bengal
Native Infantry) escorted trusted British officers and women and children to safety before joining the revolt.[76] Some officers and their families escaped to Rampur, where they found refuge with the Nawab. The British historian Philip Mason notes that it was inevitable that most of the sepoys and sowars from Meerut
Meerut
should have made for Delhi on the night of 10 May. It was a strong walled city located only forty miles away, it was the ancient capital and present seat of the Mughal Emperor and finally there were no British troops in garrison there in contrast to Meerut.[73] No effort was made to pursue them. Delhi[edit]

Massacre of officers by insurgent cavalry at Delhi

Early on 11 May, the first parties of the 3rd Cavalry reached Delhi. From beneath the windows of the King's apartments in the palace, they called on him to acknowledge and lead them. Bahadur Shah did nothing at this point, apparently treating the sepoys as ordinary petitioners, but others in the palace were quick to join the revolt. During the day, the revolt spread. European officials and dependents, Indian Christians and shop keepers within the city were killed, some by sepoys and others by crowds of rioters.[77]

The Flagstaff Tower, Delhi, where the European survivors of the rebellion gathered on 11 May 1857; photographed by Felice Beato

There were three battalion-sized regiments of Bengal
Bengal
Native Infantry stationed in or near the city. Some detachments quickly joined the rebellion, while others held back but also refused to obey orders to take action against the rebels. In the afternoon, a violent explosion in the city was heard for several miles. Fearing that the arsenal, which contained large stocks of arms and ammunition, would fall intact into rebel hands, the nine British Ordnance officers there had opened fire on the sepoys, including the men of their own guard. When resistance appeared hopeless, they blew up the arsenal. Six of the nine officers survived, but the blast killed many in the streets and nearby houses and other buildings.[78] The news of these events finally tipped the sepoys stationed around Delhi
Delhi
into open rebellion. The sepoys were later able to salvage at least some arms from the arsenal, and a magazine two miles (3 km) outside Delhi, containing up to 3,000 barrels of gunpowder, was captured without resistance. Many fugitive European officers and civilians had congregated at the Flagstaff Tower
Flagstaff Tower
on the ridge north of Delhi, where telegraph operators were sending news of the events to other British stations. When it became clear that the help expected from Meerut
Meerut
was not coming, they made their way in carriages to Karnal. Those who became separated from the main body or who could not reach the Flagstaff Tower
Flagstaff Tower
also set out for Karnal
Karnal
on foot. Some were helped by villagers on the way; others were killed. The next day, Bahadur Shah held his first formal court for many years. It was attended by many excited sepoys. The King was alarmed by the turn events had taken, but eventually accepted the sepoys' allegiance and agreed to give his countenance to the rebellion. On 16 May, up to 50 Europeans who had been held prisoner in the palace or had been discovered hiding in the city were killed by some of the King's servants under a peepul tree in a courtyard outside the palace.[79][80] Supporters and opposition[edit]

Troops of the Native Allies by George Francklin Atkinson, 1859.

States during the rebellion

The news of the events at Delhi
Delhi
spread rapidly, provoking uprisings among sepoys and disturbances in many districts. In many cases, it was the behaviour of British military and civilian authorities themselves which precipitated disorder. Learning of the fall of Delhi
Delhi
by telegraph, many Company administrators hastened to remove themselves, their families and servants to places of safety. At Agra, 160 miles (260 km) from Delhi, no less than 6,000 assorted non-combatants converged on the Fort.[81] The haste with which many civilians left their posts encouraged rebellions in the areas they left, although others remained at their posts until it was clearly impossible to maintain any sort of order. Several were murdered by rebels.[citation needed] The military authorities also reacted in disjointed manner. Some officers trusted their sepoys, but others tried to disarm them to forestall potential uprisings. At Benares and Allahabad, the disarmings were bungled, also leading to local revolts.[82] Although rebellion became widespread, there was little unity among the rebels. While Bahadur Shah Zafar
Bahadur Shah Zafar
was restored to the imperial throne, there was a faction that wanted the Maratha
Maratha
rulers to be enthroned also, and the Awadhis wanted to retain the powers that their Nawab used to have.[citation needed] There were calls for jihad[83] by Muslim
Muslim
leaders like Maulana Fazl-e-Haq Khairabadi and the millenarian Ahmadullah Shah, which were taken up by Muslims, particularly artisans, which caused the British to think that the Muslims were the main force behind this event. The Mughal emperor, Bahadur Shah, resisted these calls for jihad because, it has been suggested, he feared outbreaks of communal violence. In Awadh, Sunni
Sunni
Muslims did not want to see a return to Shiite
Shiite
rule, so they often refused to join what they perceived to be a Shia rebellion. However, some Muslims, like the Aga Khan I, supported the British. The British rewarded him by formally recognising his title.[citation needed] Although most of the mutinous sepoys in Delhi
Delhi
were Hindus, a significant proportion of the insurgents were Muslims. The proportion of ghazis grew to be about a quarter of the local fighting force by the end of the siege and included a regiment of suicide ghazis from Gwalior
Gwalior
who had vowed never to eat again and to fight until they met certain death at the hands of British troops.[84] In Thana Bhawan, the Sunnis
Sunnis
declared Haji Imdadullah
Haji Imdadullah
their Ameer. In May 1857, the Battle of Shamli took place between the forces of Haji Imdadullah and the British.[citation needed] The Sikhs
Sikhs
and Pathans
Pathans
of the Punjab and North-West Frontier Province supported the British and helped in the recapture of Delhi.[85][86] Historian John Harris has asserted that the Sikhs
Sikhs
wanted to avenge the annexation of the Sikh Empire
Sikh Empire
eight years earlier by the Company with the help of Purbiyas ('Easterners'), Biharis and those from the United Provinces of Agra
Agra
and Oudh
Oudh
who had formed part of the East India Company's armies in the First and Second Anglo- Sikh
Sikh
Wars. He has also suggested that Sikhs
Sikhs
felt insulted by the attitude of sepoys who, in their view, had beaten the Khalsa
Khalsa
only with British help; they resented and despised them far more than they did the British.[87] The Sikhs
Sikhs
feared reinstatement of Mughal rule in northern India[88] because they had been persecuted heavily in the past by the Mughal dynasty.

Sikh
Sikh
Troops Dividing the Spoil Taken from Mutineers, circa 1860.

Sikh
Sikh
support for the British resulted from grievances surrounding sepoys' perceived conduct during and after the Anglo- Sikh
Sikh
Wars. Firstly, many Sikhs
Sikhs
resented that Hindustanis/Purbiyas in service of the Sikh
Sikh
state had been foremost in urging the wars, which lost them their independence. Sikh
Sikh
soldiers also recalled that the bloodiest battles of the war, Chillianwala and Ferozeshah, were won by British troops, and they believed that the Hindustani sepoys had refused to meet them in battle. These feelings were compounded when Hindustani sepoys were assigned a very visible role as garrison troops in Punjab and awarded profit-making civil posts in Punjab.[88] In 1857, the Bengal
Bengal
Army had 86,000 men, of which 12,000 were European, 16,000 Sikh
Sikh
and 1,500 Gurkha. There were 311,000 native soldiers in India
India
altogether, 40,160 European soldiers and 5,362 officers.[89] Fifty-four of the Bengal
Bengal
Army's 74 regular Native Infantry Regiments mutinied, but some were immediately destroyed or broke up, with their sepoys drifting away to their homes. A number of the remaining 20 regiments were disarmed or disbanded to prevent or forestall mutiny. In total, only twelve of the original Bengal
Bengal
Native Infantry regiments survived to pass into the new Indian Army.[90] All ten of the Bengal
Bengal
Light Cavalry regiments mutinied. The Bengal
Bengal
Army also contained 29 irregular cavalry and 42 irregular infantry regiments. Of these, a substantial contingent from the recently annexed state of Awadh
Awadh
mutinied en masse. Another large contingent from Gwalior
Gwalior
also mutinied, even though that state's ruler supported the British. The remainder of the irregular units were raised from a wide variety of sources and were less affected by the concerns of mainstream Indian society. Some irregular units actively supported the Company: three Gurkha
Gurkha
and five of six Sikh
Sikh
infantry units, and the six infantry and six cavalry units of the recently raised Punjab Irregular Force.[91][92] On 1 April 1858, the number of Indian soldiers in the Bengal
Bengal
army loyal to the Company was 80,053.[93][94] However large numbers were hastily raised in the Punjab and North-West Frontier after the outbreak of the Rebellion. The Bombay army had three mutinies in its 29 regiments, whilst the Madras army had none at all, although elements of one of its 52 regiments refused to volunteer for service in Bengal.[95] Nonetheless, most of southern India
India
remained passive, with only intermittent outbreaks of violence. Many parts of the region were ruled by the Nizams or the Mysore royalty, and were thus not directly under British rule. The Revolt[edit] Initial stages[edit]

Fugitive British officers and their families attacked by mutineers.

An etching of Nynee Tal (today Nainital) and accompanying story in the Illustrated London News, August 15, 1857, describing how the resort town in the Himalayas served as a refuge for British families escaping from the rebellion of 1857 in Delhi
Delhi
and Meerut.

Bahadur Shah Zafar
Bahadur Shah Zafar
was proclaimed the Emperor of the whole of India. Most contemporary and modern accounts suggest that he was coerced by the sepoys and his courtiers to sign the proclamation against his will.[96] In spite of the significant loss of power that the Mughal dynasty had suffered in the preceding centuries, their name still carried great prestige across northern India.[97] Civilians, nobility and other dignitaries took an oath of allegiance. The emperor issued coins in his name, one of the oldest ways of asserting imperial status. The adhesion of the Mughal emperor, however, turned the Sikhs of the Punjab away from the rebellion, as they did not want to return to Islamic rule, having fought many wars against the Mughal rulers. The province of Bengal
Bengal
was largely quiet throughout the entire period. The British, who had long ceased to take the authority of the Mughal Emperor seriously, were astonished at how the ordinary people responded to Zafar's call for war.[97] Initially, the Indian rebels were able to push back Company forces, and captured several important towns in Haryana, Bihar, the Central Provinces and the United Provinces. When European troops were reinforced and began to counterattack, the mutineers were especially handicapped by their lack of centralized command and control. Although the rebels produced some natural leaders such as Bakht Khan, whom the Emperor later nominated as commander-in-chief after his son Mirza Mughal proved ineffectual, for the most part they were forced to look for leadership to rajahs and princes. Some of these were to prove dedicated leaders, but others were self-interested or inept. In the countryside around Meerut, a general Gurjar
Gurjar
uprising posed the largest threat to the British. In Parikshitgarh
Parikshitgarh
near Meerut, Gurjars declared Choudhari Kadam Singh (Kuddum Singh) their leader, and expelled Company police. Kadam Singh Gurjar
Gurjar
led a large force, estimates varying from 2,000 to 10,000.[98] Bulandshahr
Bulandshahr
and Bijnor also came under the control of Gurjars
Gurjars
under Walidad Khan and Maho Singh respectively. Contemporary sources report that nearly all the Gurjar
Gurjar
villages between Meerut
Meerut
and Delhi
Delhi
participated in the revolt, in some cases with support from Jullundur, and it was not until late July that, with the help of local Jats, the British managed to regain control of the area.[98]

Attack of the mutineers on the Redan Battery at Lucknow, 30 July 1857

The Imperial Gazetteer of India
India
states that throughout the Indian Rebellion of 1857, Gurjars
Gurjars
and Ranghars ( Muslim
Muslim
rajpoots) proved the "most irreconcilable enemies" of the British in the Bulandshahr area.[99] Mufti
Mufti
Nizamuddin, a renowned scholar of Lahore, issued a Fatwa
Fatwa
against the British forces and called upon the local population to support the forces of Rao Tula Ram. Casualties were high at the subsequent engagement at Narnaul (Nasibpur). After the defeat of Rao Tula Ram
Rao Tula Ram
on 16 November 1857, Mufti
Mufti
Nizamuddin was arrested, and his brother Mufti Yaqinuddin and brother-in-law Abdur Rahman (alias Nabi Baksh) were arrested in Tijara. They were taken to Delhi
Delhi
and hanged.[100] Having lost the fight at Nasibpur, Rao Tula Ram
Rao Tula Ram
and Pran Sukh Yadav requested arms from Russia, which had just been engaged against Britain in the Crimean War. Delhi[edit] Main article: Siege of Delhi The British were slow to strike back at first. It took time for troops stationed in Britain to make their way to India
India
by sea, although some regiments moved overland through Persia from the Crimean War, and some regiments already en route for China
China
were diverted to India. It took time to organise the European troops already in India
India
into field forces, but eventually two columns left Meerut
Meerut
and Simla. They proceeded slowly towards Delhi
Delhi
and fought, killed, and hanged numerous Indians along the way. Two months after the first outbreak of rebellion at Meerut, the two forces met near Karnal. The combined force including two Gurkha
Gurkha
units serving in the Bengal
Bengal
Army under contract from the Kingdom of Nepal, fought the main army of the rebels at Badli-ke-Serai and drove them back to Delhi.

Assault of Delhi
Delhi
and capture of the Cashmere Gate, 14 September 1857

The Company established a base on the Delhi
Delhi
ridge to the north of the city and the Siege of Delhi
Siege of Delhi
began. The siege lasted roughly from 1 July to 21 September. However, the encirclement was hardly complete, and for much of the siege the Company forces were outnumbered and it often seemed that it was the Company forces and not Delhi
Delhi
that were under siege, as the rebels could easily receive resources and reinforcements. For several weeks, it seemed likely that disease, exhaustion and continuous sorties by rebels from Delhi
Delhi
would force the Company forces to withdraw, but the outbreaks of rebellion in the Punjab were forestalled or suppressed, allowing the Punjab Movable Column of British, Sikh
Sikh
and Pakhtun soldiers under John Nicholson to reinforce the besiegers on the Ridge on 14 August.[101][102] On 30 August the rebels offered terms, which were refused.[103]

The Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar
observatory in Delhi
Delhi
in 1858, damaged in the fighting

Mortar damage to Kashmiri Gate, Delhi, 1858

Hindu
Hindu
Rao's house in Delhi, now a hospital, was extensively damaged in the fighting

Bank of Delhi
Delhi
was attacked by mortar and gunfire

An eagerly awaited heavy siege train joined the besieging force, and from 7 September, the siege guns battered breaches in the walls and silenced the rebels' artillery.[104]:478 An attempt to storm the city through the breaches and the Kashmiri Gate was launched on 14 September.[104]:480 The attackers gained a foothold within the city but suffered heavy casualties, including John Nicholson. The British commander wished to withdraw, but was persuaded to hold on by his junior officers. After a week of street fighting, the British reached the Red Fort. Bahadur Shah Zafar
Bahadur Shah Zafar
had already fled to Humayun's tomb. The British had retaken the city.

Capture of Bahadur Shah Zafar
Bahadur Shah Zafar
and his sons by William Hodson at Humayun's tomb
Humayun's tomb
on 20 September 1857

The troops of the besieging force proceeded to loot and pillage the city. A large number of the citizens were killed in retaliation for the Europeans and Indian civilians that had been slaughtered by the rebels. During the street fighting, artillery was set up city's main mosque, neighbourhoods within range were bombarded; the homes of the Muslim
Muslim
nobility that contained innumerable cultural, artistic, literary and monetary riches destroyed. The British soon arrested Bahadur Shah, and the next day the British agent William Hodson had his sons Mirza Mughal, Mirza Khazir Sultan, and grandson Mirza Abu Bakr shot under his own authority at the Khooni Darwaza (the bloody gate) near Delhi
Delhi
Gate. On hearing the news Zafar reacted with shocked silence while his wife Zinat Mahal
Zinat Mahal
was content as she believed her son was now Zafar's heir.[105] Shortly after the fall of Delhi, the victorious attackers organised a column that relieved another besieged Company force in Agra, and then pressed on to Cawnpore, which had also recently been retaken. This gave the Company forces a continuous, although still tenuous, line of communication from the east to west of India. Cawnpore (Kanpur)[edit] Main article: Siege of Cawnpore

Tatya Tope's Soldiery

A memorial erected (circa 1860) by the British after the Mutiny
Mutiny
at the Bibighar Well. After India's Independence the statue was moved to the All Souls Memorial Church, Cawnpore. Albumen silver print by Samuel Bourne, 1860

In June, sepoys under General Wheeler in Cawnpore (now Kanpur) rebelled and besieged the European entrenchment. Wheeler was not only a veteran and respected soldier but also married to a high-caste Indian lady. He had relied on his own prestige, and his cordial relations with the Nana Sahib
Nana Sahib
to thwart rebellion, and took comparatively few measures to prepare fortifications and lay in supplies and ammunition. The besieged endured three weeks of the Siege of Cawnpore
Siege of Cawnpore
with little water or food, suffering continuous casualties to men, women and children. On 25 June Nana Sahib
Nana Sahib
made an offer of safe passage to Allahabad. With barely three days' food rations remaining, the British agreed provided they could keep their small arms and that the evacuation should take place in daylight on the morning of the 27th (the Nana Sahib
Nana Sahib
wanted the evacuation to take place on the night of the 26th). Early in the morning of 27 June, the European party left their entrenchment and made their way to the river where boats provided by the Nana Sahib
Nana Sahib
were waiting to take them to Allahabad.[106] Several sepoys who had stayed loyal to the Company were removed by the mutineers and killed, either because of their loyalty or because "they had become Christian." A few injured British officers trailing the column were also apparently hacked to death by angry sepoys. After the European party had largely arrived at the dock, which was surrounded by sepoys positioned on both banks of the Ganges,[107] with clear lines of fire, firing broke out and the boats were abandoned by their crew, and caught or were set[108] on fire using pieces of red hot charcoal.[109] The British party tried to push the boats off but all except three remained stuck. One boat with over a dozen wounded men initially escaped, but later grounded, was caught by mutineers and pushed back down the river towards the carnage at Cawnpore. Towards the end rebel cavalry rode into the water to finish off any survivors.[109] After the firing ceased the survivors were rounded up and the men shot.[109] By the time the massacre was over, most of the male members of the party were dead while the surviving women and children were removed and held hostage to be later killed in the Bibighar massacre.[110] Only four men eventually escaped alive from Cawnpore on one of the boats: two private soldiers, a lieutenant, and Captain Mowbray Thomson, who wrote a first-hand account of his experiences entitled The Story of Cawnpore (London, 1859). During his trial, Tatya Tope
Tatya Tope
denied the existence of any such plan and described the incident in the following terms: the Europeans had already boarded the boats and Tatya Tope
Tatya Tope
raised his right hand to signal their departure. That very moment someone from the crowd blew a loud bugle, which created disorder and in the ongoing bewilderment, the boatmen jumped off the boats. The rebels started shooting indiscriminately. Nana Sahib, who was staying in Savada Kothi (Bungalow) nearby, was informed about what was happening and immediately came to stop it.[111] Some British histories allow that it might well have been the result of accident or error; someone accidentally or maliciously fired a shot, the panic-stricken British opened fire, and it became impossible to stop the massacre.[112] The surviving women and children were taken to the Nana Sahib
Nana Sahib
and then confined first to the Savada Kothi and then to the home of the local magistrate's clerk (The Bibigarh)[113] where they were joined by refugees from Fatehgarh. Overall five men and two hundred and six women and children were confined in The Bibigarh for about two weeks. In one week 25 were brought out dead, from dysentery and cholera.[108] Meanwhile, a Company relief force that had advanced from Allahabad defeated the Indians and by 15 July it was clear that the Nana Sahib would not be able to hold Cawnpore and a decision was made by the Nana Sahib and other leading rebels that the hostages must be killed. After the sepoys refused to carry out this order, two Muslim
Muslim
butchers, two Hindu
Hindu
peasants and one of Nana's bodyguards went into The Bibigarh. Armed with knives and hatchets they murdered the women and children.[114] After the massacre the walls were covered in bloody hand prints, and the floor littered with fragments of human limbs.[115] The dead and the dying were thrown down a nearby well. When the 50-foot (15 m) deep well was filled with remains to within 6 feet (1.8 m) of the top,[116] the remainder were thrown into the Ganges.[117] Historians have given many reasons for this act of cruelty. With Company forces approaching Cawnpore and some believing that they would not advance if there were no hostages to save, their murders were ordered. Or perhaps it was to ensure that no information was leaked after the fall of Cawnpore. Other historians have suggested that the killings were an attempt to undermine Nana Sahib's relationship with the British.[118] Perhaps it was due to fear, the fear of being recognised by some of the prisoners for having taken part in the earlier firings.[110]

Photograph entitled, "The Hospital in General Wheeler's entrenchment, Cawnpore." (1858) The hospital was the site of the first major loss of European lives in Cawnpore

1858 picture of Sati Chaura Ghat on the banks of the Ganges River, where on 27 June 1857 many British men lost their lives and the surviving women and children were taken prisoner by the rebels.

Bibigarh house where European women and children were killed and the well where their bodies were found, 1858.

The Bibighar Well site where a memorial had been built. Samuel Bourne, 1860.

A contemporary image of the massacre at the Satichaura Ghat

The killing of the women and children hardened British attitudes against the sepoys. The British public was aghast and the anti-Imperial and pro-Indian proponents lost all their support. Cawnpore became a war cry for the British and their allies for the rest of the conflict. Nana Sahib
Nana Sahib
disappeared near the end of the Rebellion and it is not known what happened to him. Other British accounts[119][120][121] state that indiscriminate punitive measures were taken in early June, two weeks before the murders at the Bibighar (but after those at both Meerut
Meerut
and Delhi), specifically by Lieutenant Colonel James George Smith Neill
James George Smith Neill
of the Madras Fusiliers, commanding at Allahabad
Allahabad
while moving towards Cawnpore. At the nearby town of Fatehpur, a mob had attacked and murdered the local European population. On this pretext, Neill ordered all villages beside the Grand Trunk Road to be burned and their inhabitants to be killed by hanging. Neill's methods were "ruthless and horrible"[122] and far from intimidating the population, may well have induced previously undecided sepoys and communities to revolt. Neill was killed in action at Lucknow
Lucknow
on 26 September and was never called to account for his punitive measures, though contemporary British sources lionised him and his "gallant blue caps".[123] When the British retook Cawnpore, the soldiers took their sepoy prisoners to the Bibighar and forced them to lick the bloodstains from the walls and floor.[124] They then hanged or "blew from the cannon", the traditional Mughal punishment for mutiny, the majority of the sepoy prisoners. Although some claimed the sepoys took no actual part in the killings themselves, they did not act to stop it and this was acknowledged by Captain Thompson after the British departed Cawnpore for a second time. Lucknow[edit] Main article: Siege of Lucknow

The interior of the Secundra Bagh, several months after its storming during the second relief of Lucknow. Albumen silver print by Felice Beato, 1858

Very soon after the events in Meerut, rebellion erupted in the state of Awadh
Awadh
(also known as Oudh, in modern-day Uttar Pradesh), which had been annexed barely a year before. The British Commissioner resident at Lucknow, Sir Henry Lawrence, had enough time to fortify his position inside the Residency compound. The Company forces numbered some 1700 men, including loyal sepoys. The rebels' assaults were unsuccessful, and so they began a barrage of artillery and musket fire into the compound. Lawrence was one of the first casualties. The rebels tried to breach the walls with explosives and bypass them via underground tunnels that led to underground close combat.[104]:486 After 90 days of siege, defended by John Eardley Inglis, numbers of Company forces were reduced to 300 loyal sepoys, 350 British soldiers and 550 non-combatants. On 25 September, a relief column under the command of Sir Henry Havelock and accompanied by Sir James Outram (who in theory was his superior) fought its way from Cawnpore to Lucknow
Lucknow
in a brief campaign, in which the numerically small column defeated rebel forces in a series of increasingly large battles. This became known as 'The First Relief of Lucknow', as this force was not strong enough to break the siege or extricate themselves, and so was forced to join the garrison. In October another, larger, army under the new Commander-in-Chief, Sir Colin Campbell, was finally able to relieve the garrison and on 18 November, they evacuated the defended enclave within the city, the women and children leaving first. They then conducted an orderly withdrawal, firstly to Alambagh
Alambagh
4 miles (6.4 km) north where a force of 4,000 were left to construct a fort, then to Cawnpore, where they defeated an attempt by Tatya Tope
Tatya Tope
to recapture the city in the Second Battle of Cawnpore. In March 1858, Campbell once again advanced on Lucknow
Lucknow
with a large army, meeting up with the force at Alambagh, this time seeking to suppress the rebellion in Awadh. He was aided by a large Nepalese contingent advancing from the north under Jang Bahadur.[125] Campbell's advance was slow and methodical, with a force under General Outram crossing the river on cask bridges on 4 March to enable them to fire artillery in flank, the forces drove the large but disorganised rebel army from Lucknow
Lucknow
with the final fighting shooting on 21 March,[104]:491 there were few casualties to his own troops. This nevertheless allowed large numbers of the rebels to disperse into Awadh, and Campbell was forced to spend the summer and autumn dealing with scattered pockets of resistance while losing men to heat, disease and guerrilla actions. Jhansi[edit] Main article: Central India
India
Campaign (1858)

Jhansi
Jhansi
Fort, which was taken over by rebel forces, and subsequently defended against British recapture by the Rani of Jhansi

Jhansi
Jhansi
was a Maratha-ruled princely state in Bundelkhand. When the Raja of Jhansi
Jhansi
died without a biological male heir in 1853, it was annexed to the British Raj
British Raj
by the Governor-General of India
India
under the doctrine of lapse. His widow, Rani Lakshmi Bai, the Rani of Jhansi protested against the denial of rights of their adopted son. When war broke out, Jhansi
Jhansi
quickly became a centre of the rebellion. A small group of Company officials and their families took refuge in Jhansi Fort, and the Rani negotiated their evacuation. However, when they left the fort they were massacred by the rebels over whom the Rani had no control; the Europeans suspected the Rani of complicity, despite her repeated denials. By the end of June 1857, the Company had lost control of much of Bundelkhand
Bundelkhand
and eastern Rajasthan. The Bengal
Bengal
Army units in the area, having rebelled, marched to take part in the battles for Delhi
Delhi
and Cawnpore. The many princely states that made up this area began warring amongst themselves. In September and October 1857, the Rani led the successful defence of Jhansi
Jhansi
against the invading armies of the neighbouring rajas of Datia
Datia
and Orchha. On 3 February, Sir Hugh Rose broke the 3-month siege of Saugor. Thousands of local villagers welcomed him as a liberator, freeing them from rebel occupation.[126] In March 1858, the Central India
India
Field Force, led by Sir Hugh Rose, advanced on and laid siege to Jhansi. The Company forces captured the city, but the Rani fled in disguise. After being driven from Jhansi
Jhansi
and Kalpi, on 1 June 1858 Rani Lakshmi Bai and a group of Maratha
Maratha
rebels captured the fortress city of Gwalior
Gwalior
from the Scindia
Scindia
rulers, who were British allies. This might have reinvigorated the rebellion but the Central India
India
Field Force very quickly advanced against the city. The Rani died on 17 June, the second day of the Battle of Gwalior, probably killed by a carbine shot from the 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars
8th King's Royal Irish Hussars
according to the account of three independent Indian representatives. The Company forces recaptured Gwalior
Gwalior
within the next three days. In descriptions of the scene of her last battle, she was compared to Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc
by some commentators.[127] Indore[edit] Colonel Henry Marion Durand, the then-Company resident at Indore, had brushed away any possibility of uprising in Indore.[128] However, on 1 July, sepoys in Holkar's army revolted and opened fire on the pickets of Bhopal Cavalry. When Colonel Travers rode forward to charge, Bhopal Cavalry refused to follow. The Bhopal Infantry also refused orders and instead levelled their guns at European sergeants and officers. Since all possibility of mounting an effective deterrent was lost, Durand decided to gather up all the European residents and escape, although 39 European residents of Indore
Indore
were killed.[129] Other regions[edit] Punjab[edit]

Execution of mutineers at Peshawar

What was then referred to by the British as the Punjab was a very large administrative division, centered on Lahore. It included not only the present-day Indian and Pakistani Punjabi regions but also the North West Frontier districts bordering Afghanistan Much of the region had been the Sikh
Sikh
Empire, ruled by Ranjit Singh until his death in 1839. The kingdom had then fallen into disorder, with court factions and the Khalsa
Khalsa
(the Sikh
Sikh
army) contending for power at the Lahore
Lahore
Durbar (court). After two Anglo- Sikh
Sikh
Wars, the entire region was annexed by the East India
India
Company in 1849. In 1857, the region still contained the highest numbers of both European and Indian troops. The inhabitants of the Punjab were not as sympathetic to the sepoys as they were elsewhere in India, which limited many of the outbreaks in the Punjab to disjointed uprisings by regiments of sepoys isolated from each other. In some garrisons, notably Ferozepore, indecision on the part of the senior European officers allowed the sepoys to rebel, but the sepoys then left the area, mostly heading for Delhi.[130] At the most important garrison, that of Peshawar
Peshawar
close to the Afghan frontier, many comparatively junior officers ignored their nominal commander, General Reed, and took decisive action. They intercepted the sepoys' mail, thus preventing their coordinating an uprising, and formed a force known as the "Punjab Movable Column" to move rapidly to suppress any revolts as they occurred. When it became clear from the intercepted correspondence that some of the sepoys at Peshawar
Peshawar
were on the point of open revolt, the four most disaffected Bengal
Bengal
Native regiments were disarmed by the two British infantry regiments in the cantonment, backed by artillery, on 22 May. This decisive act induced many local chieftains to side with the British.[131]

Marble Lectern
Lectern
in memory of 35 British soldiers in Jhelum

Jhelum in Punjab saw a mutiny of native troops against the British. Here 35 British soldiers of Her Majesty's 24th Regiment of Foot (South Wales Borderers) were killed by mutineers on 7 July 1857. Among the dead was Captain Francis Spring, the eldest son of Colonel William Spring. To commemorate this event St. John's Church Jhelum
St. John's Church Jhelum
was built and the names of those 35 British soldiers are carved on a marble lectern present in that church. The final large-scale military uprising in the Punjab took place on 9 July, when most of a brigade of sepoys at Sialkot
Sialkot
rebelled and began to move to Delhi. They were intercepted by John Nicholson with an equal British force as they tried to cross the Ravi River. After fighting steadily but unsuccessfully for several hours, the sepoys tried to fall back across the river but became trapped on an island. Three days later, Nicholson annihilated the 1,100 trapped sepoys in the Battle of Trimmu Ghat.[132] The British had been recruiting irregular units from Sikh
Sikh
and Pakhtun communities even before the first unrest among the Bengal
Bengal
units, and the numbers of these were greatly increased during the Rebellion, 34,000 fresh levies eventually being raised.[133] At one stage, faced with the need to send troops to reinforce the besiegers of Delhi, the Commissioner of the Punjab (Sir John Lawrence) suggested handing the coveted prize of Peshawar
Peshawar
to Dost Mohammed Khan of Afghanistan in return for a pledge of friendship. The British Agents in Peshawar
Peshawar
and the adjacent districts were horrified. Referring to the massacre of a retreating British army in 1842, Herbert Edwardes wrote, "Dost Mahomed would not be a mortal Afghan ... if he did not assume our day to be gone in India
India
and follow after us as an enemy. Europeans cannot retreat – Kabul would come again."[134] In the event Lord Canning
Lord Canning
insisted on Peshawar
Peshawar
being held, and Dost Mohammed, whose relations with Britain had been equivocal for over 20 years, remained neutral.

Lieutenant William Alexander Kerr, 24th Bombay Native Infantry, near Kolapore, July 1857

In September 1858 Rae Ahmed Nawaz Khan Kharal, head of the Khurrul tribe, led an insurrection in the Neeli Bar district, between the Sutlej, Ravi and Chenab rivers. The rebels held the jungles of Gogaira and had some initial successes against the British forces in the area, besieging Major Crawford Chamberlain at Chichawatni. A squadron of Punjabi cavalry sent by Sir John Lawrence raised the siege. Ahmed Khan was killed but the insurgents found a new leader in Mahr Bahawal Fatyana, who maintained the uprising for three months until Government forces penetrated the jungle and scattered the rebel tribesmen.[135] Bihar[edit] See also: Siege of Arrah Kunwar Singh, the 80-year-old Rajput
Rajput
Zamindar
Zamindar
of Jagdispur, whose estate was in the process of being sequestrated by the Revenue Board, instigated and assumed the leadership of revolt in Bihar.[136] On 25 July, mutiny erupted in the garrisons of Dinapur. Mutinying sepoys from the 7th, 8th and 40th regiments of Bengal
Bengal
Native Infantry quickly moved towards the city of Arrah
Arrah
and were joined by Kunwar Singh and his men.[137] Mr. Boyle, a British railway engineer in Arrah, had already prepared an outbuilding on his property for defence against such attacks.[138] As the rebels approached Arrah, all European residents took refuge at Mr. Boyle's house.[139] A siege soon ensued – eighteen civilians and 50 loyal sepoys from the Bengal Military Police Battalion under the command of Herwald Wake, the local magistrate, defended the house against artillery and musketry fire from an estimated 2000 to 3000 mutineers and rebels.[140] On 29 July 400 men were sent out from Dinapore
Dinapore
to relieve Arrah, but this force was ambushed by the rebels around a mile away from the siege house, severely defeated, and driven back. On 30 July, Major Vincent Eyre, who was going up the river with his troops and guns, reached Buxar and heard about the siege. He immediately disembarked his guns and troops (the 5th Fusiliers) and started marching towards Arrah, disregarding direct orders not to do so.[141] On 2 August, some 6 miles (9.7 km) short of Arrah, the Major was ambushed by the mutineers and rebels. After an intense fight, the 5th Fusiliers charged and stormed the rebel positions successfully.[140] On 3 August, Major Eyre and his men reached the siege house and successfully ended the siege.[142][143] After receiving reinforcements Major Eyre pursued Kunwar Singh
Kunwar Singh
to his palace in Jagdispur, however Singh had left by the time Eyre's forces arrived. Eyre then proceeded to destroy the palace and the homes of Singh's brothers.[140] Bengal
Bengal
and Tripura[edit] In September 1857, sepoys took control of the treasury in Chittagong.[144] The treasury remained under rebel control for several days. Further mutinies on 18 November saw the 2nd, 3rd and 4th companies of the 34th Bengal
Bengal
Infantry Regiment storming the Chittagong Jail and releasing all prisoners. The mutineers were eventually suppressed by the Gurkha
Gurkha
regiments.[145] The mutiny also spread to Dacca, the former Mughal capital of Bengal. Residents in the city's Lalbagh
Lalbagh
area were kept awake at night by the rebellion.[146] Sepoys joined hands with the common populace in Jalpaiguri
Jalpaiguri
to take control of the city's cantonment.[144] In January 1858, many sepoys received shelter from the royal family of the princely state of Hill Tippera.[144] The interior areas of Bengal
Bengal
proper were already experiencing growing resistance to Company rule due to the Muslim
Muslim
Faraizi movement.[144] Gujarat[edit] In central and north Gujarat, the rebellion was sustained by land owner Jagirdars, Talukdars and Thakors with the support of armed communities of Bhil, Koli, Pathans
Pathans
and Arabs, unlike the mutiny by sepoys in north India. Their main opposition of British was due to Inam commission. The Bet Dwarka
Bet Dwarka
island, along with Okhamandal region of Kathiawar
Kathiawar
peninsula which was under Gaekwad of Baroda
Gaekwad of Baroda
State, saw a revolt by the Vaghers in January 1858 who, by July 1859, controlled that region. In October 1859, a joint offensive by British, Gaekwad and other princely states troops ousted the rebels and recaptured the region.[147][148][149] British Empire[edit] The authorities in British colonies with an Indian population, sepoy or civilian, took measures to secure themselves against copycat uprisings. In the Straits Settlements, and Trinidad
Trinidad
the annual Hosay processions were banned,[150] riots broke out in penal settlements in Burma, and the Settlements, in Penang the loss of a musket provoked a near riot,[151] and security was boosted especially in locations with an Indian convict population.[152] Aftermath[edit]

"The Relief of Lucknow" by Thomas Jones Barker

Death toll and atrocities[edit] The war and its aftermath resulted in the deaths of at least 800,000 people during the rebellion and its aftermath including those resulting from famine and disease.[153][unreliable source?] Both combatant sides committed huge numbers of atrocities against civilians. In Oudh
Oudh
alone, 150,000 Indians were estimated to have died during the war, with 100,000 of them being civilians. Places such as Delhi, Allahabad, Kanpur
Kanpur
and Lucknow
Lucknow
were all met with general massacre after they were recaptured by British forces.[154] Another notable atrocity was carried out by General Neill who massacred thousands of Indian mutineers and Indian civilians suspected of supporting the rebellion.[155] The rebels' murder of women, children and wounded British soldiers at Cawnpore, and the subsequent printing of the events in the British papers, left many British soldiers seeking revenge. As well as hanging mutineers, the British had some "blown from cannon," (an old Mughal punishment adopted many years before in India), in which sentenced rebels were tied over the mouths of cannons and blown to pieces when the cannons were fired.[156] Most of the British press, outraged by the stories of rape and the killings of civilians and wounded British soldiers, did not advocate clemency of any kind. Governor General Canning ordered moderation in dealing with native sensibilities and earned the scornful sobriquet "Clemency Canning" from the press[157] and later parts of the British public. In terms of sheer numbers, the casualties were much higher on the Indian side. A letter published after the fall of Delhi
Delhi
in the Bombay Telegraph and reproduced in the British press testified to the scale of the Indian casualties:

.... All the city's people found within the walls of the city of Delhi when our troops entered were bayoneted on the spot, and the number was considerable, as you may suppose, when I tell you that in some houses forty and fifty people were hiding. These were not mutineers but residents of the city, who trusted to our well-known mild rule for pardon. I am glad to say they were disappointed.[158]

British soldiers looting Qaisar Bagh, Lucknow, after its recapture (steel engraving, late 1850s)

From the end of 1857, the British had begun to gain ground again. Lucknow
Lucknow
was retaken in March 1858. On 8 July 1858, a peace treaty was signed and the rebellion ended. The last rebels were defeated in Gwalior
Gwalior
on 20 June 1858. By 1859, rebel leaders Bakht Khan and Nana Sahib had either been slain or had fled. Edward Vibart, a 19-year-old officer whose parents, younger brothers, and two of his sisters had died in the Cawnpore massacre,[159] recorded his experience:

The orders went out to shoot every soul.... It was literally murder... I have seen many bloody and awful sights lately but such a one as I witnessed yesterday I pray I never see again. The women were all spared but their screams on seeing their husbands and sons butchered, were most painful... Heaven knows I feel no pity, but when some old grey bearded man is brought and shot before your very eyes, hard must be that man's heart I think who can look on with indifference...[2]

Blowing from a gun, 8 September 1857

Some British troops adopted a policy of "no prisoners". One officer, Thomas Lowe, remembered how on one occasion his unit had taken 76 prisoners – they were just too tired to carry on killing and needed a rest, he recalled. Later, after a quick trial, the prisoners were lined up with a British soldier standing a couple of yards in front of them. On the order "fire", they were all simultaneously shot, "swept... from their earthly existence". The aftermath of the rebellion has been the focus of new work using Indian sources and population studies. In The Last Mughal, historian William Dalrymple examines the effects on the Muslim
Muslim
population of Delhi
Delhi
after the city was retaken by the British and finds that intellectual and economic control of the city shifted from Muslim
Muslim
to Hindu
Hindu
hands because the British, at that time, saw an Islamic hand behind the mutiny.[160] Reaction in Britain[edit]

Justice, a print by Sir John Tenniel
Sir John Tenniel
in a September 1857 issue of Punch

The scale of the punishments handed out by the British "Army of Retribution" were considered largely appropriate and justified in a Britain shocked by embellished reports of atrocities carried out against British and European civilians by the rebels.[161] Accounts of the time frequently reach the "hyperbolic register", according to Christopher Herbert, especially in the often-repeated claim that the "Red Year" of 1857 marked "a terrible break" in British experience.[158] Such was the atmosphere – a national "mood of retribution and despair" that led to "almost universal approval" of the measures taken to pacify the revolt.[162] Incidents of rape allegedly committed by Indian rebels against European women and girls appalled the British public. These atrocities were often used to justify the British reaction to the rebellion. British newspapers printed various eyewitness accounts of the rape of English women and girls. One such account was published by The Times, regarding an incident where 48 English girls as young as 10 had been raped by Indian rebels in Delhi. Karl Marx
Karl Marx
criticized this story as false propaganda, and pointed out that the story was written by a clergyman in Bangalore, far from the events of the rebellion, with no evidence to support his allegation.[163] Individual incidents captured the public's interest and were heavily reported by the press. One such incident was that of General Wheeler's daughter Margaret being forced to live as her captor's concubine, though this was reported to the Victorian public as Margaret killing her rapist then herself.[164] Another version of the story suggested that Margaret had been killed after her abductor had argued with his wife over her.[165] During the aftermath of the rebellion, a series of exhaustive investigations were carried out by British police and intelligence officials into reports that British women prisoners had been "dishonored" at the Bibighar and elsewhere. One such detailed enquiry was at the direction of Lord Canning. The consensus was that there was no convincing evidence of such crimes having been committed, although numbers of European women and children had been killed outright.[166] The term 'Sepoy' or 'Sepoyism' became a derogatory term for nationalists, especially in Ireland.[167] Reorganisation[edit]

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Bahadur Shah Zafar
Bahadur Shah Zafar
(the last Mughal emperor) in Delhi, awaiting trial by the British for his role in the Uprising. Photograph by Robert Tytler and Charles Shepherd, May 1858

The proclamation to the "Princes, Chiefs, and People of India," issued by Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
on November 1, 1858. "We hold ourselves bound to the natives of our Indian territories by the same obligation of duty which bind us to all our other subjects." (p. 2)

Bahadur Shah was tried for treason by a military commission assembled at Delhi, and exiled to Rangoon
Rangoon
where he died in 1862, bringing the Mughal dynasty to an end. In 1877 Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
took the title of Empress of India
India
on the advice of Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli. The rebellion saw the end of the East India
India
Company's rule in India. In August, by the Government of India
India
Act 1858, the company was formally dissolved and its ruling powers over India
India
were transferred to the British Crown.[168] A new British government department, the India
India
Office, was created to handle the governance of India, and its head, the Secretary of State for India, was entrusted with formulating Indian policy. The Governor-General of India
India
gained a new title, Viceroy of India, and implemented the policies devised by the India Office. Some former East India
India
Company territories, such as the Straits Settlements, became colonies in their own right. The British colonial administration embarked on a program of reform, trying to integrate Indian higher castes and rulers into the government and abolishing attempts at Westernization. The Viceroy stopped land grabs, decreed religious tolerance and admitted Indians into civil service, albeit mainly as subordinates. Essentially the old East India
India
Company bureaucracy remained, though there was a major shift in attitudes. In looking for the causes of the Rebellion the authorities alighted on two things: religion and the economy. On religion it was felt that there had been too much interference with indigenous traditions, both Hindu
Hindu
and Muslim. On the economy it was now believed that the previous attempts by the Company to introduce free market competition had undermined traditional power structures and bonds of loyalty placing the peasantry at the mercy of merchants and money-lenders. In consequence the new British Raj
British Raj
was constructed in part around a conservative agenda, based on a preservation of tradition and hierarchy. On a political level it was also felt that the previous lack of consultation between rulers and ruled had been another significant factor in contributing to the uprising. In consequence, Indians were drawn into government at a local level. Though this was on a limited scale a crucial precedent had been set, with the creation of a new 'white collar' Indian elite, further stimulated by the opening of universities at Calcutta, Bombay and Madras, a result of the Indian Universities Act. So, alongside the values of traditional and ancient India, a new professional middle class was starting to arise, in no way bound by the values of the past. Their ambition can only have been stimulated by Queen Victoria's Proclamation of November 1858, in which it is expressly stated, "We hold ourselves bound to the natives of our Indian territories by the same obligations of duty which bind us to our other subjects...it is our further will that... our subjects of whatever race or creed, be freely and impartially admitted to offices in our service, the duties of which they may be qualified by their education, ability and integrity, duly to discharge." Acting on these sentiments, Lord Ripon, viceroy from 1880 to 1885, extended the powers of local self-government and sought to remove racial practices in the law courts by the Ilbert Bill. But a policy at once liberal and progressive at one turn was reactionary and backward at the next, creating new elites and confirming old attitudes. The Ilbert Bill had the effect only of causing a white mutiny and the end of the prospect of perfect equality before the law. In 1886 measures were adopted to restrict Indian entry into the civil service. Military reorganisation[edit]

Captain C Scott of the Gen. Sir. Hope Grant's Column, Madras Regiment, who fell on the attack of Fort of Kohlee, 1858. Memorial at the St. Mary's Church, Madras

Memorial inside the York Minster

The Bengal
Bengal
army dominated the Indian army before 1857 and a direct result after the rebellion was the scaling back of the size of the Bengali contingent in the army.[169] The Brahmin
Brahmin
presence in the Bengal
Bengal
Army was reduced because of their perceived primary role as mutineers. The British looked for increased recruitment in the Punjab for the Bengal
Bengal
army as a result of the apparent discontent that resulted in the Sepoy
Sepoy
conflict.[170] The rebellion transformed both the native and European armies of British India. Of the 74 regular Bengal
Bengal
Native Infantry regiments in existence at the beginning of 1857, only twelve escaped mutiny or disbandment.[171] All ten of the Bengal
Bengal
Light Cavalry regiments were lost. The old Bengal
Bengal
Army had accordingly almost completely vanished from the order of battle. These troops were replaced by new units recruited from castes hitherto under-utilised by the British and from the minority so-called "Martial Races", such as the Sikhs
Sikhs
and the Gurkhas. The inefficiencies of the old organisation, which had estranged sepoys from their British officers, were addressed, and the post-1857 units were mainly organised on the "irregular" system. From 1797 until the rebellion of 1857, each regular Bengal
Bengal
Native Infantry regiment had had 22 or 23 British officers,[172] who held every position of authority down to the second-in-command of each company. In irregular units there were fewer European officers, but they associated themselves far more closely with their soldiers, while more responsibility was given to the Indian officers. The British increased the ratio of British to Indian soldiers within India. From 1861 Indian artillery was replaced by British units, except for a few mountain batteries.[173] The post-rebellion changes formed the basis of the military organisation of British India
India
until the early 20th century. Awards[edit]

Victoria Cross

Medals were awarded to members of the British Armed Forces
British Armed Forces
and the British Indian Army
British Indian Army
during the rebellion. The 182 recipients of the Victoria Cross
Victoria Cross
are listed here.

Indian Mutiny
Mutiny
Medal

290,000 Indian Mutiny
Mutiny
Medals were awarded. Clasps were awarded for the siege of Delhi
Delhi
and the siege and relief of Lucknow.[174]

Indian Order of Merit

A military and civilian decoration of British India, the Indian Order of Merit was first introduced by the East India
India
Company in 1837, and was taken over by the Crown in 1858, following the Indian Mutiny
Mutiny
of 1857. The Indian Order of Merit
Indian Order of Merit
was the only gallantry medal available to Native soldiers between 1837 and 1907.[175] Nomenclature[edit] See also: First War of Indian Independence (term) There is no universally agreed name for the events of this period. In India
India
and Pakistan it has been termed as the "War of Independence of 1857" or "First War of Indian Independence"[176] but it is not uncommon to use terms such as the "Revolt of 1857". The classification of the Rebellion being "First War of Independence" is not without its critics in India.[177][178][179][180] The use of the term "Indian Mutiny" is considered by some Indian politicians[181] as belittling the importance of what happened and therefore reflecting an imperialistic attitude. Others dispute this interpretation. In the UK and parts of the Commonwealth it is commonly called the "Indian Mutiny", but terms such as "Great Indian Mutiny", the "Sepoy Mutiny", the " Sepoy
Sepoy
Rebellion", the " Sepoy
Sepoy
War", the "Great Mutiny", the "Rebellion of 1857", "the Uprising", the "Mahomedan Rebellion", and the "Revolt of 1857" have also been used.[182][183][184] "The Indian Insurrection" was a name used in the press of the UK and British colonies at the time.[185] Historiography[edit]

The Mutiny
Mutiny
Memorial in Delhi, a monument to those killed on the British side during the fighting.

Adas (1971) examines the historiography with emphasis on the four major approaches: the Indian nationalist view; the Marxist analysis; the view of the Rebellion as a traditionalist rebellion; and intensive studies of local uprisings.[186] Many of the key primary and secondary sources appear in Biswamoy Pati, ed. 1857 Rebellion.[187][188]

Vasily Vereshchagin. Suppression of the Indian Revolt by the English (1884).

Thomas Metcalf has stressed the importance of the work by Cambridge professor Eric Stokes (1924–1981), especially Stokes' The Peasant and the Raj: Studies in Agrarian Society and Peasant Rebellion in Colonial India
India
(1978). Metcalf says Stokes undermines the assumption that 1857 was a response to general causes emanating from entire classes of people. Instead, Stokes argues that 1) those Indians who suffered the greatest relative deprivation rebelled and that 2) the decisive factor in precipitating a revolt was the presence of prosperous magnates who supported British rule. Stokes also explores issues of economic development, the nature of privileged landholding, the role of moneylenders, the usefulness of classical rent theory, and, especially, the notion of the "rich peasant."[189] Professor Kim Wagner has the most recent survey of the historiography, and stresses the importance of William Dalrymple’s The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi
Delhi
1857. Dalrymple was assisted by Mahmood Farooqui, who translated key Urdu and Shikastah sources and published a selection in Besieged: Voices from Delhi
Delhi
1857.[190] Dalrymple emphasized the role of religion, and explored in detail the internal divisions and politico-religious discord amongst the rebels. He did not discover much in the way of proto-nationalism or any of the roots of modern India
India
in the rebellion.[191][192] Sabbaq Ahmed has looked at the ways in which ideologies of royalism, militarism, and Jihad influenced the behaviour of contending Muslim
Muslim
factions.[193] Almost from the moment the first sepoys mutinied in Meerut, the nature and the scope of the Indian Rebellion of 1857
Indian Rebellion of 1857
has been contested and argued over. Speaking in the House of Commons in July 1857, Benjamin Disraeli labelled it a 'national revolt' while Lord Palmerston, the Prime Minister, tried to downplay the scope and the significance of the event as a 'mere military mutiny'.[194] Reflecting this debate, an early historian of the rebellion, Charles Ball, used the word mutiny in his title, but labelled it a 'struggle for liberty and independence as a people' in the text.[195] Historians remain divided on whether the rebellion can properly be considered a war of Indian independence or not,[196] although it is popularly considered to be one in India. Arguments against include:

A united India
India
did not exist at that time in political, cultural, or ethnic terms; The rebellion was put down with the help of other Indian soldiers drawn from the Madras Army, the Bombay Army
Bombay Army
and the Sikh
Sikh
regiments; 80% of the East India
India
Company forces were Indian;[197] Many of the local rulers fought amongst themselves rather than uniting against the British; Many rebel Sepoy
Sepoy
regiments disbanded and went home rather than fight; Not all of the rebels accepted the return of the Mughals; The King of Delhi
Delhi
had no real control over the mutineers;[198] The revolt was largely limited to north and central India. Whilst risings occurred elsewhere they had little impact because of their limited nature; A number of revolts occurred in areas not under British rule, and against native rulers, often as a result of local internal politics; The revolt was fractured along religious, ethnic and regional lines.[199]

The hanging of two participants in the Indian Rebellion, Sepoys of the 31st Native Infantry. Albumen silver print by Felice Beato, 1857

A second school of thought while acknowledging the validity of the above-mentioned arguments opines that this rebellion may indeed be called a war of India's independence. The reasons advanced are:

Even though the rebellion had various causes, most of the rebel sepoys who were able to do so, made their way to Delhi
Delhi
to revive the old Mughal empire
Mughal empire
that signified national unity for even the Hindus amongst them; There was a widespread popular revolt in many areas such as Awadh, Bundelkhand
Bundelkhand
and Rohilkhand. The rebellion was therefore more than just a military rebellion, and it spanned more than one region; The sepoys did not seek to revive small kingdoms in their regions, instead they repeatedly proclaimed a "country-wide rule" of the Mughals and vowed to drive out the British from "India", as they knew it then. (The sepoys ignored local princes and proclaimed in cities they took over: Khalq Khuda Ki, Mulk Badshah Ka, Hukm Subahdar Sipahi Bahadur Ka – "the people belong to God, the country to the Emperor and authority to the Sepoy
Sepoy
Commandant"). The objective of driving out "foreigners" from not only one's own area but from their conception of the entirety of "India", signifies a nationalist sentiment; The mutineers, although some were recruited from outside Oudah, displayed a common purpose.[200]

150th anniversary[edit] The Government of India
India
celebrated the year 2007 as the 150th anniversary of "India's First War of Independence". Several books written by Indian authors were released in the anniversary year including Amresh Mishra's "War of Civilizations", a controversial history of the Rebellion of 1857, and "Recalcitrance" by Anurag Kumar, one of the few novels written in English by an Indian based on the events of 1857. In 2007, a group of retired British soldiers and civilians, some of them descendants of British soldiers who died in the conflict, attempted to visit the site of the Siege of Lucknow. However, fears of violence by Indian demonstrators, supported by the Hindu
Hindu
nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, prevented the British visitors from visiting the site.[201] Despite the protests, Sir Mark Havelock was able to make his way past police to visit the grave of his ancestor, General Henry Havelock.[202] In popular culture[edit]

Henry Nelson O'Neil's 1857 painting Eastward Ho! depicting British soldiers say farewell to their loved ones as they embark on a deployment to India.

Films[edit]

Bengal
Bengal
Brigade – A 1954 film: at the outbreak of the Indian Mutiny. A British officer, Captain Claybourne (Hudson), is cashiered from his regiment over a charge of disobeying orders, but finds that his duty to his men is far from over Shatranj Ke Khilari
Shatranj Ke Khilari
– A 1977 Indian film directed by Satyajit Ray, chronicling the events just before the onset of the Revolt of 1857. The focus is on the British annexation of Oudh, and the detachment of the nobility from the political sphere in 19th-century India. Junoon (1978 film)
Junoon (1978 film)
– Directed by Shyam Benegal, it is a critically acclaimed film about the love affair between a Pathan feudal chief and a British girl sheltered by his family during the revolt. Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005) – Ketan Mehta's Hindi film chronicles the life of Mangal Pandey. The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) features a sequence inspired by the massacre at Cawnpore. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
– During the dinner scene at the fictional Pankot Palace, Indiana Jones mentions that Captain Blumburtt was telling him about the role which the palace played in "the mutiny" and Chattar Lal complains, "It seems the British never forget the Mutiny
Mutiny
of 1857". The Last Cartridge, an Incident of the Sepoy
Sepoy
Rebellion in India
India
(1908) – A fictionalized account of a British fort besieged during the Rebellion.

Theatre[edit]

1857: Ek Safarnama – A play by Javed Siddiqui, set during the Rebellion of 1857 and staged at Purana Qila, Delhi.[203]

Literature[edit]

Malcolm X's autobiography The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Malcolm X
details his first encounters with atrocities in the non-European world and his reaction to the rebellion and massacres in 1857. John Masters's novel Nightrunners of Bengal, first published by Michael Joseph in 1951 and dedicated to the Sepoy
Sepoy
of India, is a fictionalised account of the Rebellion as seen through the eyes of a British Captain in the Bengal
Bengal
Native Infantry who was based in Bhowani, itself a fictionalised version of the town of Jhansi. Captain Savage and his turbulent relationship with the Rani of Kishanpur form an analogous interrelationship of the Indian people and the British and sepoy regiments at that time. J. G. Farrell's 1973 novel The Siege of Krishnapur
The Siege of Krishnapur
details the siege of the fictional Indian town of Krishnapur during the Rebellion. George MacDonald Fraser's 1975 novel Flashman in the Great Game
Flashman in the Great Game
deals with the events leading up to and during the Rebellion. Two of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes
stories, The Sign of the Four and "The Adventure of the Crooked Man," feature events that took place during the Rebellion. Michael Crichton's 1975 novel The Great Train Robbery mentions the Rebellion and briefly details the events of the Siege of Cawnpore, as the Rebellion was happening in tandem with the trial of Edward Pierce.[204] The majority of M. M. Kaye's novel Shadow of the Moon is set between 1856–58, and the Rebellion is shown to greatly affect the lives of the main characters, who were inhabitants of the Residency at Lunjore (a fictional town in north India). The early chapters of her novel The Far Pavilions take place during the Rebellion, which leads to the protagonist, a child of British ancestry, being raised as a Hindu. Indian writer Ruskin Bond's fictional novella A Flight of Pigeons is set around the Indian Rebellion of 1857. It is from this story that the film Junoon was later adapted in 1978 by Shyam Benegal. The 1880 novel The Steam House
The Steam House
by Jules Verne
Jules Verne
takes place in the aftermath of the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Jules Verne's famous character Captain Nemo, originally an Indian prince, fought on the side of the rebels during the rebellion (as stated in Verne's later novel The Mysterious Island). E. M. Forster's 1924 novel A Passage to India
India
alludes several times to the Mutiny. Flora Annie Steel's novel On the Face of the Waters (1896) describes incidents of the Mutiny. The plot of H. Beam Piper's science fiction novel Uller Uprising
Uller Uprising
is based on the events of the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Rujub, the juggler and In Times of Peril: A tale of India
India
by G.A. Henty are each based on the Indian Rebellion of 1857[130][130]

See also[edit]

India
India
portal

Vellore Mutiny Political warfare in British colonial India Bengal
Bengal
Native Infantry Barrackpore Mutiny
Mutiny
of 1824 Shahzada Muhammad Hidayat Afshar, Ilahi Bakhsh Bahadur

Notes[edit]

^ "The events of 1857–58 in India
India
(are) known variously as a mutiny, a revolt, a rebellion and the first war of independence (the debates over which only confirm just how contested imperial history can become) ...(page 63)"[6] ^ ""The 1857 rebellion was by and large confined to northern Indian Gangetic Plain and central India."[7] ^ "The revolt was confined to the northern Gangetic plain and central India."[8] ^ Although the majority of the violence occurred in the northern Indian Gangetic plain and central India, recent scholarship has suggested that the rebellion also reached parts of the east and north."[9] ^ "What distinguished the events of 1857 was their scale and the fact that for a short time they posed a military threat to British dominance in the Ganges Plain."[10] ^ "Indian soldiers and the rural population over a large part of northern India
India
showed their mistrust of their rulers and their alienation from them. ... For all their talk of improvement, the new rulers were as yet able to offer very little in the way of positive inducements for Indians to acquiesce in the rule."[14] ^ "Many Indians took up arms against the British, if for very diverse reasons. Explanations have therefore to concentrate on the motives of those who actually rebelled."[14] ^ "On the other hand, a very large number actually fought for the British, while the majority remained apparently acqueiscent."[14] ^ The cost of the rebellion in terms of human suffering was immense. Two great cities, Delhi
Delhi
and Lucknow, were devastated by fighting and by the plundering of the victorious British. Where the countryside resisted, as in parts of Awadh, villages were burnt. Mutineers and their supporters were often killed out of hand. British civilians, including women and children, were murdered as well as the British officers of the sepoy regiments."[14] ^ "The south, Bengal, and the Punjab remained unscathed, ..."[8] ^ "... it was the support from the Sikhs, carefully cultivated by the British since the end of the Anglo- Sikh
Sikh
wars, and the disinclination of the Bengali intelligentsia to throw in their lot with what they considered a backward Zamindar
Zamindar
revolt, that proved decisive in the course of the struggle.[8] ^ "(they) generated no coherent ideology or programme on which to build a new order."[17] ^ "The events of 1857–58 in India, ... marked a major watershed not only in the history of British India
India
but also of British imperialism as a whole."[6] ^ "Queen Victoria's Proclamation of 1858 laid the foundation for Indian secularism and established the semi-legal framework that would govern the politics of religion in colonial India
India
for the next century. ... It promised civil equality for Indians regardless of their religious affiliation, and state non-interference in Indians' religious affairs. Although the Proclamation lacked the legal authority of a constitution, generations of Indians cited the Queen's proclamation in order to claim, and to defend, their right to religious freedom." (page 23)[20] ^ The proclamation to the "Princes, Chiefs, and People of India," issued by Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
on November 1, 1858. "We hold ourselves bound to the natives of our Indian territories by the same obligation of duty which bind us to all our other subjects." (p. 2) ^ "When the governance of India
India
was transferred from the East India Company to the Crown in 1858, she (Queen Victoria) and Prince Albert intervened in an unprecedented fashion to turn the proclamation of the transfer of power into a document of tolerance and clemency. ... they ... insisted on the clause that stated that the people of India
India
would enjoy the same protection as all subjects of Britain. Over time, this royal intervention led to the Proclamation of 1858 becoming known in the Indian subcontinent as 'the Magna Carta of Indian liberties', a phrase which Indian nationalists such as Gandhi later took up as they sought to test equality under imperial law" (pages 38–39)[21] ^ "In purely legal terms, (the proclamation) kept faith with the principles of liberal imperialism and appeared to hold out the promise that British rule would benefit Indians and Britons alike. But as is too often the case with noble statements of faith, reality fell far short of theory, and the failure on the part of the British to live up to the wording of the proclamation would later be used by Indian nationalists as proof of the hollowness of imperial principles. (page 76)"[22] ^ "Ignoring ...the conciliatory proclamation of Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
in 1858, Britishers in India
India
saw little reason to grant Indians a greater control over their own affairs. Under these circumstances, it was not long before the seed-idea of nationalism implanted by their reading of Western books began to take root in the minds of intelligent and energetic Indians."[23]

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Alavi, Seema (1996), The Sepoys and the Company: Tradition and Transition 1770–1830, Oxford University Press, p. 340, ISBN 0-19-563484-5 . Anderson, Clare (2007), Indian Uprising of 1857–8: Prisons, Prisoners and Rebellion, New York: Anthem Press, p. 217, ISBN 978-1-84331-249-9 . Bandyopadhyay, Sekhara (2004), From Plassey to Partition: A History of Modern India, New Delhi: Orient Longman, p. 523, ISBN 81-250-2596-0 . Bayly, Christopher Alan (1988), Indian Society and the Making of the British Empire, Cambridge University Press, p. 230, ISBN 0-521-25092-7 . Bayly, Christopher Alan (2000), Empire and Information: Intelligence Gathering and Social Communication in India, c 1780–1870, Cambridge University Press, p. 412, ISBN 0-521-57085-9 . Bose, Sugata; Jalal, Ayesha (2004), Modern South Asia: History, Culture, Political Economy (2nd ed.), London: Routledge, p. 253, ISBN 0-415-30787-2 . Brown, Judith M. (1994), Modern India: The Origins of an Asian Democracy (2nd ed.), Oxford University Press, p. 480, ISBN 0-19-873113-2 . Greenwood, Adrian (2015), Victoria's Scottish Lion: The Life of Colin Campbell, Lord Clyde, UK: History Press, p. 496, ISBN 0-75095-685-2 . Harris, John (2001), The Indian Mutiny, Ware: Wordsworth Editions, p. 205, ISBN 1-84022-232-8 . Hibbert, Christopher (1980), The Great Mutiny: India
India
1857, London: Allen Lane, p. 472, ISBN 0-14-004752-2 . Jain, Meenakshi (2010), Parallel Pathways: Essays On Hindu-Muslim Relations ( 1707-1857), Delhi: Konark, ISBN 978-8122007831 . Judd, Denis (2004), The Lion and the Tiger: The Rise and Fall of the British Raj, 1600–1947, Oxford University Press, xiii, 280, ISBN 0-19-280358-1 . Keene, Henry George (1883), Fifty-Seven. Some account of the administration of Indian Districts during the revolt of the Bengal Army, London: W.H. Allen, p. 145 . Kulke, Hermann; Rothermund, Dietmar (2004), A History of India
India
(4th ed.), London: Routledge, xii, 448, ISBN 0-415-32920-5 . Leasor, James (1956), The Red Fort, London: W. Lawrie, p. 377, ISBN 0-02-034200-4 . Ludden, David (2002), India
India
And South Asia: A Short History, Oxford: Oneworld, xii, 306, ISBN 1-85168-237-6 . Majumdar, R.C.; Raychaudhuri, H.C.; Datta, Kalikinkar (1967), An Advanced History of India
India
(3rd ed.), London: Macmillan, p. 1126 . Markovits, Claude, ed. (2004), A History of Modern India
India
1480–1950, London: Anthem, p. 607, ISBN 1-84331-152-6 . Marshall, P. J. (2007), The Making and Unmaking of Empires: Britain, India, and America c.1750–1783, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. Pp. 400, ISBN 0-19-922666-0  Metcalf, Barbara D.; Metcalf, Thomas R. (2006), A Concise History of Modern India
India
(2nd ed.), Cambridge University Press, p. 337, ISBN 0-521-68225-8 . Metcalf, Thomas R. (1990), The Aftermath of Revolt: India, 1857–1870, New Delhi: Manohar, p. 352, ISBN 81-85054-99-1 . Metcalf, Thomas R. (1997), Ideologies of the Raj, Cambridge University Press, p. 256, ISBN 0-521-58937-1 . Mukherjee, Rudrangshu (2002), Awadh
Awadh
in Revolt 1857–1858: A Study of Popular Resistance (2nd ed.), London: Anthem, ISBN 1-84331-075-9 . Palmer, Julian A.B. (1966), The Mutiny
Mutiny
Outbreak at Meerut
Meerut
in 1857, Cambridge University Press, p. 175, ISBN 0-521-05901-1 . Peers, Douglas M. (2013), India
India
Under Colonial Rule: 1700–1885, Routledge, ISBN 978-1-317-88286-2  Ray, Rajat Kanta (2002), The Felt Community: Commonality and Mentality before the Emergence of Indian Nationalism, Oxford University Press, p. 596, ISBN 0-19-565863-9 . Robb, Peter (2002), A History of India, Basingstoke: Palgrave, p. 344, ISBN 0-333-69129-6 . Roy, Tapti (1994), The politics of a popular uprising: Bundelkhand 1857, Delhi: Oxford University Press, p. 291, ISBN 0-19-563612-0 . Spear, Percival (1990) [First published 1965], A History of India, Volume 2, New Delhi
Delhi
and London: Penguin Books, ISBN 978-0-14-013836-8 . Stanley, Peter (1998), White Mutiny: British Military Culture in India, 1825–1875, London: Hurst, p. 314, ISBN 1-85065-330-5 . Stein, Burton (2001), A History of India, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, p. 432, ISBN 0-19-565446-3 . Stokes, Eric (1980), The Peasant and the Raj: Studies in Agrarian Society and Peasant Rebellion in Colonial India, Cambridge University Press, p. 316, ISBN 0-521-29770-2 . Stokes, Eric; Bayly, C.A. (1986), The Peasant Armed: The Indian Revolt of 1857, Oxford: Clarendon, p. 280, ISBN 0-19-821570-3 . Taylor, P.J.O. (1997), What really happened during the mutiny: a day-by-day account of the major events of 1857–1859 in India, Delhi: Oxford University Press, p. 323, ISBN 0-19-564182-5 . Wolpert, Stanley (2004), A New History of India
India
(7th ed.), Oxford University Press, p. 530, ISBN 0-19-516678-7 .

Articles in journals and collections[edit]

Alam Khan, Iqtidar (May–June 2013), "The Wahabis in the 1857 Revolt: A Brief Reappraisal of Their Role", Social Scientist, 41 (5/6): 15–23, JSTOR 23611115  Alavi, Seema (February 1993), "The Company Army and Rural Society: The Invalid Thanah 1780–1830", Modern Asian Studies, Cambridge University Press, 27 (1): 147–178, doi:10.1017/S0026749X00016097, JSTOR 312880  Baker, David (1991), "Colonial Beginnings and the Indian Response: The Revolt of 1857–58 in Madhya Pradesh", Modern Asian Studies, 25 (3): 511–543, doi:10.1017/S0026749X00013913, JSTOR 312615  Blunt, Alison (July 2000), "Embodying war: British women and domestic defilement in the Indian "Mutiny", 1857–8", Journal of Historical Geography, 26 (3): 403–428, doi:10.1006/jhge.2000.0236  English, Barbara (February 1994), "The Kanpur
Kanpur
Massacres in India
India
in the Revolt of 1857", Past & Present, Oxford University Press, 142: 169–178, doi:10.1093/past/142.1.169, JSTOR 651200  Hasan, Farhat; Roy, Tapti (1998), "Review of Tapti Roy, The Politics of a Popular Uprising, OUP, 1994", Social Scientist, 26 (1): 148–151, doi:10.2307/3517586  Klein, Ira (July 2000), "Materialism, Mutiny
Mutiny
and Modernization in British India", Modern Asian Studies, Cambridge University Press, 34 (3): 545–580, JSTOR 313141  Lahiri, Nayanjot (June 2003), "Commemorating and Remembering 1857: The Revolt in Delhi
Delhi
and Its Afterlife", World Archaeology, Taylor & Francis, 35 (1): 35–60, doi:10.1080/0043824032000078072, JSTOR 3560211  Mukherjee, Rudrangshu (August 1990), "'Satan Let Loose upon Earth': The Kanpur
Kanpur
Massacres in India
India
in the Revolt of 1857", Past & Present, Oxford University Press, 128: 92–116, doi:10.1093/past/128.1.92, JSTOR 651010  Mukherjee, Rudrangshu (February 1994), "The Kanpur
Kanpur
Massacres in India in the Revolt of 1857: Reply", Past & Present, Oxford University Press, 142: 178–189, doi:10.1093/past/142.1.178, JSTOR 651201  Nanda, Krishan (September 1965), The Western Political Quarterly, 18 (3), University of Utah on behalf of the Western Political Science Association, pp. 700–701 . Roy, Tapti (February 1993), "Visions of the Rebels: A Study of 1857 in Bundelkhand", Modern Asian Studies, Cambridge University Press, 27 (1): 205–228 ( Special
Special
Issue: How Social, Political and Cultural Information Is Collected, Defined, Used and Analyzed), doi:10.1017/S0026749X00016115, JSTOR 312882  Stokes, Eric (December 1969), "Rural Revolt in the Great Rebellion of 1857 in India: A Study of the Saharanpur and Muzaffarnagar
Muzaffarnagar
Districts", The Historical Journal, Cambridge University Press, 12 (4): 606–627, doi:10.1017/s0018246x00010554, JSTOR 2638016  Washbrook, D. A. (2001), "India, 1818–1860: The Two Faces of Colonialism", in Porter, Andrew, Oxford History of the British Empire: The Nineteenth Century, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 395–421, ISBN 0-19-924678-5  Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman
Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman
(2008), "1857 ki Jung-e Azadi main Khandan ka hissa", Hayat Karam Husain (2nd ed.), Aligarh/India: Ibn Sina Academy of Medieval Medicine and Sciences, pp. 253–258, OCLC 852404214 

Historiography
Historiography
and memory[edit]

Bates, Crispin, ed. Mutiny
Mutiny
at the Margins: New Perspectives on the Indian Uprising of 1857 (5 vol. SAGE Publications India, 2013–14). online guide; With illustrations, maps, selected text and more. Chakravarty, Gautam. The Indian Mutiny
Mutiny
and the British Imagination (Cambridge University Press, 2005). Deshpande, Prachi. "The Making of an Indian Nationalist Archive: Lakshmibai, Jhansi, and 1857." journal of Asian studies 67#3 (2008): 855–879. Erll, Astrid. "Re-writing as re-visioning: Modes of representing the ‘Indian Mutiny’in British novels, 1857 to 2000." European Journal of English Studies 10.2 (2006): 163–185. online Frykenberg, Robert E. (2001), " India
India
to 1858", in Winks, Robin, Oxford History of the British Empire: Historiography, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 194–213, ISBN 0-19-924680-7  Pati, Biswamoy (12–18 May 2007). "Historians and Historiography: Situating 1857". Economic and Political Weekly. 42 (19): 1686–1691. JSTOR 4419570.  Perusek, Darshan (Spring 1992). "Subaltern Consciousness and the Historiography
Historiography
of the Indian Rebellion of 1857". NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction. Duke University Press. 25 (3): 286–301. doi:10.2307/1345889. JSTOR 1345889.  Wagner, Kim A. (October 2011). "The Marginal Mutiny: The New Historiography
Historiography
of the Indian Uprising of 1857". History Compass. 9 (10): 760–766. doi:10.1111/j.1478-0542.2011.00799.x. 

Other histories[edit]

Dalrymple, William (2006), The Last Mughal, Viking Penguin, ISBN 0-670-99925-3  David, Saul (2003), The Indian Mutiny: 1857, London: Penguin Books, Pp. 528, ISBN 0-14-100554-8  David, Saul (2007), Victoria's Wars, London: Penguin Books, ISBN 978-0-141-00555-3  Mishra, Amaresh. 2007. War of Civilisations: The Long Revolution ( India
India
AD 1857, 2 Vols.), ISBN 978-81-291-1282-8 Ward, Andrew. Our Bones Are Scattered. New York: Holt & Co., 1996.

First person accounts and classic histories[edit]

Anderson, Clare. The Indian Uprising of 1857–8: Prisons, Prisoners, and Rebellion. London, 2007. Barter, Captain Richard The Siege of Delhi. Mutiny
Mutiny
memories of an old officer, London, The Folio Society, 1984. Campbell, Sir Colin. Narrative of the Indian Revolt. London: George Vickers, 1858. Collier, Richard. The Great Indian Mutiny. New York: Dutton, 1964. Forrest, George W. A History of the Indian Mutiny, William Blackwood and Sons, London, 1904. (4 vols) Fitchett, W.H., B.A., LL.D., A Tale of the Great Mutiny, Smith, Elder & Co., London, 1911. Inglis, Julia Selina, Lady, 1833–1904, The Siege of Lucknow: a Diary, London: James R. Osgood, McIlvaine & Co., 1892. Online at A Celebration of Women Writers. Innes, Lt. General McLeod: The Sepoy
Sepoy
Revolt, A.D. Innes & Co., London, 1897. Kaye, John William. A History of the Sepoy
Sepoy
War In India
India
(3 vols). London: W.H. Allen & Co., 1878. Kaye, Sir John & Malleson, G.B.: The Indian Mutiny
Mutiny
of 1857, Rupa & Co., Delhi, (1st edition 1890) reprint 2005. Khan, Syed Ahmed (1859), Asbab-e Baghawat-e Hind, Translated as The Causes of the Indian Revolt, Allahabad, 1873  Malleson, Colonel G.B. The Indian Mutiny
Mutiny
of 1857. New York: Scribner & Sons, 1891. Marx, Karl & Freidrich Engels. The First Indian War of Independence 1857–1859. Moscow: Foreign Languages Publishing House, 1959. Pandey, Sita Ram, From Sepoy
Sepoy
to Subedar, Being the Life and Adventures of Subedar Sita Ram, a Native Officer of the Bengal
Bengal
Native Army, Written and Related by Himself, trans. Lt. Col. Norgate, (Lahore: Bengal
Bengal
Staff Corps, 1873), ed. James Lunt, (Delhi: Vikas Publications, 1970). Raikes, Charles: Notes on the Revolt in the North-Western Provinces
North-Western Provinces
of India, Longman, London, 1858. Roberts, Field Marshal Lord, Forty-one Years in India, Richard Bentley, London, 1897 Forty-one years in India
India
at Project Gutenberg Russell, William Howard, My Diary in India
India
in the years 1858-9, Routledge, London, 1860, (2 vols.) Sen, Surendra Nath, Eighteen fifty-seven, (with a foreword by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad), Indian Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Delhi, 1957. Thomson, Mowbray (Capt.), The Story of Cawnpore, Richard Bentley, London, 1859. Trevelyan, Sir George Otto, Cawnpore, Indus, Delhi, (first edition 1865), reprint 2002. Wilberforce, Reginald G, An Unrecorded Chapter of the Indian Mutiny, Being the Personal Reminiscences of Reginald G. WIlberforce, Late 52nd Infantry, Compiled from a Diary and Letters Written on the Spot London: John Murray 1884, facsimile reprint: Gurgaon: The Academic Press, 1976.

Tertiary sources[edit]

"Indian Mutiny." Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Online. https://www.britannica.com/event/Indian-Mutiny. 23 March 1998. "Lee-Enfield Rifle." Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 23 March 1998.

Fictional and narrative literature[edit]

Conan Doyle, Arthur. The Sign of the Four, featuring Sherlock Holmes, originally appearing in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine
Lippincott's Monthly Magazine
1890. Farrell, J.G. The Siege of Krishnapur. New York: Carroll & Graf, 1985 (orig. 1973; Booker Prize winner). Fenn, Clive Robert. For the Old Flag: A Tale of the Mutiny. London: Sampson Low, 1899. Fraser, George MacDonald. Flashman in the Great Game. London: Barrie & Jenkins, 1975. Grant, James. First Love and Last Love: A Tale of the Mutiny. New York: G. Routledge
Routledge
& Sons, 1869. Kaye, Mary Margaret. Shadow of the Moon. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1979. Kilworth, Garry Douglas. Brothers of the Blade: Constable & Robinson, 2004. Leasor, James. Follow the Drum. London: Heinemann, 1972, reissued James Leasor Ltd, 2011. Masters, John. Nightrunners of Bengal. New York: Viking Press, 1951. Raikes, William Stephen. 12 Years of a Soldier's Life In India. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1860. Julian Rathbone, The Mutiny. Rossetti, Christina Georgina. "In the Round Tower at Jhansi, 8 June 1857." Goblin Market and Other Poems. 1862. Anurag Kumar. Recalcitrance: a novel based on events of 1857–58 in Lucknow. Lucknow: AIP Books, Lucknow
Lucknow
2008. Stuart, V.A. The Alexander Sheridan Series: # 2: 1964. The Sepoy Mutiny; # 3: 1974. Massacre at Cawnpore; # 4: 1974. The Cannons of Lucknow; 1975. # 5: The Heroic Garrison. Reprinted 2003 by McBooks Press. (Note: # 1 – Victors & Lords deals with the Crimean War.) Valerie Fitzgerald "Zemindar": 1981 Bodley Head. historic novel. Frédéric Cathala, 1857, KDP, 2017, historical novel.

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Mau Mau Uprising
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Suez Crisis
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