Indian mutiny
Indian mutiny

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Indian mutiny




Furreed Buksh Palace Captured

Aug 26, 1857

Lieutenant Aitken captures the Furreed Buksh Palace. The rebels had tried to retreat back through a gate, but Aitken was able to get their before they secured it. The British forced their way in through the door and captured the palace.

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Location: Lucknow



Lieutenant Aitken Takes a Gun

Aug 29, 1857

Lieutenant Aitken volunteers to take a rebel gun. He took a party of four soldiers with him through the ruined town towards the gun. Rebels fired down on them from the rooftops, but they held their ground until reinforcements arrived. Then between them they dragged the gun back into the Residency.

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Location: Lucknow



The British Siege Train Arrives At Delhi

Sep 1857

The British siege train arrives at Delhi. This consists of:

  • six 24-pounders
  • twenty 18-pounder long guns
  • six 8 inch howitzers
  • four 10 inch mortars
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Location: Delhi



Reid's Battery

Sep 06, 1857

Once Wilson finally agrees to the plan to breech the walls of Delhi, The British construct an artillery battery called "Reid's Battery". This battery has:

  • two 24-pounder
  • four 9-pounder guns

The primary purpose of this battery is to silence the Indian guns so that the British can built their main battery.

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Location: Delhi



Delhi Seige Battery

Sep 07, 1857

The first proper siege battery is constructed

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Location: Delhi



Last British Siege Guns Arrive At Delhi

Sep 08, 1857

The last guns of the siege train arrives. This means that the British now have:

  • fifteen 24-pounders
  • eight 18-pounder long guns
  • twenty five howitzers and mortars
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Location: Delhi



Bombardment of Delhi Starts

Sep 08, 1857

The British siege battery opens fire on the Indian artillery positions at the Mori Bastion and the Kashmir Bastion

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Location: Delhi



Ludlow Castle Battery Opens Fire

Sep 10, 1857

The second siege battery constructed near the house called Ludlow Castle opens fire on the Kashmir Bastion. This battery consists of:

  • nine 24-pounder guns
  • two 18-pounder guns
  • seven 8-inch howitzers
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Location: Delhi



Custom House Battery Opens Fire

Sep 11, 1857

The third siege battery set up near the Custom House, and less than 200 yards from the city walls, opens fire on the Water Bastion. This battery has:

  • six 18-pounder guns
  • twelve Coehorn mortars

The fourth battery also opens fire. This was set up near the Khudsia Bagh. This battery had:

  • ten mortars

Setting up these batteries cost many casualties, but once they began to fire they set about battering down the walls of Delhi

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Location: Delhi



Preparations for the Assault on Delhi

Sep 13, 1857

Storming parties move into position to breech the walls of Delhi. The plan was to assault the city in 5 columns:

  • 1st Column – 1000 men under Brigadier General Nicholson
  • 2nd Column – 850 men under Brigadier Jones
  • 3rd Column – 950 men under Colonel Campbell
  • 4th Column – 850 men under Major Reid
  • 5th Column – 1000 men under Brigadier Longfield

There was also a cavalry brigade that was held in reserve under James Hope Grant

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Location: Delhi



Assault on Delhi

Sep 14, 1857

The British force their way through the walls of Delhi and manage to gain a toehold within the city itself

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Location: Delhi



Reinforcements Arrive At Cawnpore

Sep 15, 1857

Major General Sir James Outram arrives at Cawnpore with reinforcements

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Location: Cawnpore



The British Capture the Delhi Magazine

Sep 16, 1857

The British capture the Delhi magazine. During this action Lieutenant Thackerey wins a Victoria Cross for extinguishing a fire in the magazine while under musket fire

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Location: Delhi



Outram Leaves for Lucknow

Sep 18, 1857

Outram and Havelock set out from Cawnpore to relieve Lucknow

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Location: Cawnpore



Bahadur Shah Abandons His Palace

Sep 18, 1857

Bahadur Shah abandons his palace

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Location: Delhi



The British Capture Bahadur Shah's Palace

Sep 19, 1857

The British capture Bahadur Shah's palace and the great mosque of the city

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Location: Delhi



Bahadur Shah is Captured

Sep 20, 1857

Bahadur Shah Zafar is captured in Humayun's Tomb on the outskirts of Delhi

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Location: Delhi



The British Capture Delhi

Sep 21, 1857

The British declare that the city is theirs. Bahadur Shah Zafar ceases to be Emperor as the Mughal Empire is abolished

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Location: Delhi



The British Take Alambagh

Sep 23, 1857

The British force the the rebels out from Alambagh just four miles south of the Residency in Lucknow. They then fortify this walled park so that they can leave their baggage their in order to make their final assault on the rebels besieging the Residency.

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Location: Lucknow



The First Relief of Lucknow

Sep 23, 1857

The British make their final assault on the rebels and break through to the Residency

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Location: Lucknow



Nicholson Dies

Sep 23, 1857

Nicholson dies of the wounds that he took on the first day of the assault on Delhi

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Location: Delhi



Lawrence Sorties From the Residency

Sep 26, 1857

Captain Lawrence goes out from the residency at Lucknow in a sortie with this men. He charges with two of his men to capture an enemy 9-pounder gun.

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Location: Lucknow



Grant Arrives in Cawnpore

Oct 1857

James Hope Grant arrives in Cawnpore from Delhi

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Location: Cawnpore



HMS Pearl Reaches Dinapur

Oct 07, 1857

The paddle steamer carrying the Naval Brigade from HMS Pearl reaches Dinapur

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Location: India



Campbell Arrives At Cawnpore

Nov 03, 1857

Sir Colin Campbell arrives at Cawnpore

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Location: Cawnpore



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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Location: Cawnpore



Campbell Sets Out for Lucknow

Nov 14, 1857

Sir Colin Campbell sets out for Lucknow with his relief force

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Location: Cawnpore



Storming of Sikandar Bagh

Nov 16, 1857 8AM

The british are ambushed at Sikandar Bagh, but manage to storm the fortifications

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Location: Lucknow



Storming of Shah Najaf

Nov 16, 1857

The British storm to fortified a mosque and force out the defenders

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Location: Lucknow



The Evacuation of Lucknow Begins

Nov 17, 1857

The evacuation of Lucknow begins

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Location: Lucknow



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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Location: Cawnpore



Havelock Dies

Nov 24, 1857

Havelock dies of dysentery

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Location: Lucknow



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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Location: Cawnpore



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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Location: Cawnpore



Rebels Attack on Ganges Bridge

Nov 28, 1857

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

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Location: Cawnpore



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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Location: Cawnpore



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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Location: Cawnpore



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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Location: Cawnpore



HMS Pearl Attacks Sohunpore

Dec 20, 1857

The Naval Brigade from HMS Pearl attacks Sohunpore. They push the rebel from their entrenchments without any casualties.

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Location: India



Harrison is Promoted to Boatswain's Mate

1858

John Harrison is promoted to Boatswain's Mate

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Location: India



First Viceroy of India

1858

Lord Canning is made the first Viceroy of India

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Location: India



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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Location: Cawnpore



Archdale Wilson is Created Baronet

Jan 08, 1858

Archdale Wilson is created Baronet and granted a pension of £1000 by the East India Company

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Location: India



HMS Pearl Arrives At Burhul

Feb 08, 1858

The Naval Brigade from HMS Pearl arrives at Burhul and then proceeds up the Gogra in 150 boats

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Location: India



HMS Pearl Attack Chanderpur

Feb 17, 1858

The Naval Brigade from HMS Pearl take the fort at Chanderpur assisted by Sikhs and Gurkhas

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Location: India



HMS Pearl Reaches Nourainie Ghat

Feb 19, 1858

The Naval Brigade from HMS Pearl reaches Nourainie Ghat and capture the fort on the Oudh side of the river

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Location: India



HMS Pearl Attack Phoolpur

Feb 20, 1858

The Naval Brigade from HMS Pearl attack rebels at Phoolpur. The enemy was driven from the field, and they take three of their guns.

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Location: India



The British Return to Lucknow

Mar 06, 1858

The British return to Lucknow in order to retake it from the rebels who had held it since they evacuated the previous November

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Location: Lucknow



Captain Peel is Wounded

Mar 09, 1858

While looking out for a suitable spot on which to post some guns for breaching the Martinière Peel is severely wounded in the thigh by a musket-ball

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Location: Lucknow



Attack on Lucknow

Mar 13, 1858

During the attack on Lucknow Able Seaman Edward Robinson jumped over the sandbags of the battery to extinguish a fire while being shot at. He was dangerously wounded, but survived and was awarded the Victoria Cross for this action.

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Location: Lucknow



Lucknow is Back in British Hands

Mar 21, 1858

Lucknow is back in British hands

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Location: Lucknow



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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Location: Cawnpore



Campbell is Created Baron Clyde

Aug 03, 1858

Colin Campbell is created Baron Clyde

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Location: Britain



HMS Shannon Sails for Britain

Sep 15, 1858

HMS Shannon sails for Britain

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Location: Calcutta



Attack on Amorha

Oct 01, 1858

The 12000 rebels attack Amorha. The British garrison included 50 of the Pearl's people, with two howitzers, under Lieutenant Fawkes. The enemy was driven back after Lieutenant Malay, who directed the howitzers, and four seamen, Lee, Williams, Rayfield, and Simmonds, had especially distinguished themselves

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Location: India



Bahadur Shah Zafar Goes Into Exile

Oct 07, 1858

Bahadur Shah Zafar goes into exile along with his wives and remaining sons.

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Location: Delhi



Battle of Boora Raptee

Nov 23, 1858

The Naval Brigade routes a rebel force in the last major engagement of the Mutiny

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Location: India



HMS Pearl Leaves Calcutta

Feb 13, 1859

HMS Pearl leaves Calcutta

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Location: India



Lord Canning Receives the Thanks From Parliament

Apr 1859

Lord Canning receives the thanks of both Houses of Parliament for his great services during the rebellion

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Location: India



Bakht Khan Dies

May 13, 1859

Bakht Khan is mortally wounded and dies

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Location: India