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Cawnpore

Cawnpore




Henry Lawrence Transfers Regiment

1831

Henry Lawrence transfers to the horse artillery in Cawnpore

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Frederick Sleigh Roberts is Born

Sep 30, 1832

Frederick Sleigh Roberts is born in Cawnpore in India

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Wheeler is Given Command At Cawnpore

Jun 1856

Major General Hugh Wheeler is given command at Cawnpore

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Lieutenant Cox Fires on An Indian Guard

Jun 01, 1857

Lieutenant Cox fires on his Indian guard while drunk. He misses and is thrown into jail.

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Lieutenant Cox is Acquitted of Murder

Jun 02, 1857

Lieutenant Cox is acquitted of trying to murder the man that he shot at the night before. This leads to discontent amongst the Indian soldiers, and rumours begin to circulate that the British were planning to massacre them.

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Nana Sahib Sends a Note

Jun 05, 1857

Nana Sahib sends a note to General Wheeler stating that he intended to attack at 10AM the next morning

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Siege of Cawnpore Begins

Jun 06, 1857

The remaining men of the 53rd Natice Infantry rebel. They seize ammunition and the regimental treasure before leaving for Delhi. The 1st NI also rebel at this point. This leaves only 150 sepoys still loyal to General Wheeler to face Nana Sahib.

The Indians begin their attack at 10:30AM, as they had promised the day before. Despite being outnumbered and unprepared the British manage to push them back and the siege begins.

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Nana Sahib Gathers More Men

Jun 10, 1857

Nana Sahib attracts more rebels to his banner as the siege went on and by the 10th he was commanding over 12000 men

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Change of Tactics

Jun 11, 1857

Nana Sahib changes tactics to concentrate all of his fire at specific buildings

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First Assault on Cawnpore

Jun 12, 1857

Nana Sahib mounts his first major assault on the Cawnpore fortifications. However, his troops were convinced that the British had laid booby traps and were reluctant to press home their attack.

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Cawnpore Hospital Destroyed

Jun 13, 1857

The British hospital inside the Cawnpore fortifications is destroyed by a fire killing many of the wounded men in it

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Assault on Cawnpore

Jun 23, 1857

Nana Sahib chose the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Plassey for his assault on Cawnpore. They are repulsed by British volleys of rifle and artillery fire.

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Nana Sahib Offers Safe Passage

Jun 24, 1857

Nana Sahib sends a European prisoner, Mrs Rose Greenway, with a message for General Wheeler. He offered to safe passage for them to Satichaura Ghat, a landing on the Ganges from which they could depart for Allahabad, in exchange for their surrender. Wheeler rejects the offer as it had not been signed by Nana Sahib himself.

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Nana Sahib Restates Offer of Safe Passage

Jun 25, 1857

Nana Sahib sends another prisoner, Mrs Jacobi, restating his offer of and this time the note had been signed by him.

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Wheeler Accepts Nana Sahib's Offer

Jun 26, 1857

General Wheeler decides to accept Nana Sahib's offer safe passage in exchange for his surrender.

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Satichaura Ghat Massacre

Jun 27, 1857

General Wheeler leads his remaining forces out of Cawnpore, but ends up getting massacred as they make their way down river

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Bibighar Massacre

Jul 15, 1857

The surviving women and children from the Satichura Ghat massacre are killed

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Results of the Bibighar Massacre

Jul 16, 1857

Begum Hussaini Khanum hires street sweepers to strip the bodies of the murdered prisoners and throw them down a well. Some of the women and children had survived the massacre the day before, but they were still stripped and thrown down the well. They threw the little boys in one at a time, the youngest first, so that they were buried alive under the heap of butchered corpses.

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The British Capture Bibighar

Jul 17, 1857

The British capture Bibighar. They had hoped that they would find the prisoners alive as Nana Sahib had been using them as bargaining chips. When they got there the house was splattered in blood. The tree in the courtyard nearest the well was smeared with the brains of numerous children and infants who had been dashed headfirst against the trunk. Then they looked in the well and found the well full of the butchered bodies of the prisoners.

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The British Capture Nana Sahib's Palace

Jul 19, 1857

The British take Nana Sahib's palace without any resistance. They seize guns, elephants and camels, and then set the palace on fire.

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Battle of Unao

Aug 04, 1857

Havelock wins the battle, but his force was too weak to continue and withdrew towards Cawnpore

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Havelock Withdraws to Cawnpore

Aug 13, 1857

General Havelock returns to Cawnpore to wait for the reinforcements that he needed to fight his way through to Lucknow

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Reinforcements Arrive At Cawnpore

Sep 15, 1857

Major General Sir James Outram arrives at Cawnpore with reinforcements

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Outram Leaves for Lucknow

Sep 18, 1857

Outram and Havelock set out from Cawnpore to relieve Lucknow

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Grant Arrives in Cawnpore

Oct 1857

James Hope Grant arrives in Cawnpore from Delhi

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Campbell Arrives At Cawnpore

Nov 03, 1857

Sir Colin Campbell arrives at Cawnpore

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Peel Leaves Lieutenant Hay At Cawnpore

Nov 06, 1857

Peel leaves Lieutenant Hay with fifty men to serve as artillerymen at Cawnpore before pressing on for Lucknow

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Campbell Sets Out for Lucknow

Nov 14, 1857

Sir Colin Campbell sets out for Lucknow with his relief force

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The Rebels Advance on Cawnpore

Nov 19, 1857

The advance guard of Nana Sahib's lieutenant Tantya Tope occupy the routes west and north-west of Cawnpore.

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Rebels Advance Near Cawnpore

Nov 26, 1857

The British push the rebel advance guard back from the area near Cawnpore, however, Nana Sahib's main force was close at hand forcing them to withdraw back to the fortifications around the bridge over the Ganges.

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Campbell Returns to Cawnpore

Nov 27, 1857

Campbell arrives at the bridge over the Ganges. It was still in British hands, but the rebels had occupied the city of Cawnpore itself.

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Rebels Attack on Ganges Bridge

Nov 28, 1857

Rebels attack the Ganges Bridge but are pushed back by the British

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Attack on Ganges Bridge

Dec 05, 1857

Nana Sahib's men attack the British force guarding the bridge over the Ganges, but the British push then back.

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Second Battle of Cawnpore

Dec 06, 1857

Campbell's artillery starts firing from the entrenchments around the bridge. Thanks to the guns of the Naval Brigade this included many guns that were heavier than those of the rebels. This bombardment on the left of the rebel line was actually a feint. The actual attack was to the right to encircle the city and cut off the rebels links to Kalpii. The rebels broke and fled. Campbell's cavalry pressed as hard as possible, capturing almost every gun and cart from the rebels.

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Nana Sahib's Treasury is Captured

Dec 07, 1857

Nana Sahib's treasury is captured at Bithoor where it had been concealed in a well

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Nicholson Takes the Rebel Standard

Jan 02, 1858

Lieutenant Nicholson saw two rebel Sepoys trying to get away with a standard. He followed them on his horse. They tried to shoot him, but he cut them down and took the standard. Then later in that day he saw another rebel Sepoy trying to attack a loyalist cavalry trooper. He charged the rebel and sliced the man's arm off with one cut of his sword. For these actions he was awarded the Victoria Cross.

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Captain Peel Dies

Apr 27, 1858

Captain Peel dies from Smallpox. He had caught the infection while being carried in a doolie back to Cawnpore. One of he King of Oude's carriages had been prepared for him, but be refused to travel in such luxury when his wounded men were being transported in simple doolies.

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