Mutiny at Azimguhr

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Mutiny at Azimguhr
Part of Indian Mutiny
Date: 3 June 1857
Location: Azimguhr, Uttar Pradesh
Presidency: Bengal
Co-ordinates: 26.046592°N 83.184521°E
Result: Mutiny
Combatants
East India Company Rebel Sepoys
Commanders
Strength
No European troops 17th Native Infantry
Casualties
Azamgarh Location
Survey 1920-1946

Summary

A transport of 10 lakhs of treasure was sent under Lieut Palisser and an escort of irregular horse from Goruckpore to Allahabad. When it reached Azimguhr a further 7 lakhs were picked up with two companies of the 17th Bengal Native Infantry to guard it. The party left Azimguhr on the night of 3 June and immediately the remaining six companies of the regiment rebelled killing Lt Hutchinson and letting the prisoners out of the jail. The sepoys with the police chased after the treasure and forced Palisser to relinquish the treasure. The cavalry stood by their officers and escorted him to Allahabad.

The most European residents of Azimguhr fled to Ghazipore but a few were left behind. Edward Venables, an indigo planter, returned to his estate, armed his workers and secured Azimguhr against the returning sepoys.

Spelling Variants

Modern name: Azamgarh
Variants: Aimgurh/Asimguhr

External Links

Indian Mutiny 1857-58 The British Empire

Historical Books on-line

Annals of the Indian Rebellion 1857-58 Vol I by Noah Alfred Chick Mutiny at Azimgurh

Recommended Reading

"Indian Mutiny" by Saul David 2002 ISBN 0141005548