Indian Mutiny

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Indian Mutiny
10 May 1857-19 April 1959
Chronological list of Wars and Campaigns
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Location: Gangetic Plain and Central India
British Army
East India Company Armies
Bengal Presidency regiments
Result: Rebellion crushed
Medals: Indian Mutiny Medal
Clasps: Delhi, Defence of Lucknow, Relief of Lucknow, Lucknow, Central India
Delhi Campaign
Events at Cawnpore
Havelock's Campaign
Showers' Movable Column
Greathed's Movable Column
Seaton's Movable Column
Trans-Gogra Campaign
Oude Campaign
Central India Campaign
Rohilcund Campaign


The Indian Mutiny is also known as India's First War of Independence, the Great Rebellion, the Indian Rebellion of 1857, the Revolt of 1857, the Uprising of 1857 and the Sepoy Mutiny.

The rebellion was almost exclusively confined to the regiments in the Bengal Presidency. In 1857 the Bengal Army strength was as follows:

Cavalry Infantry Artillery Sappers Total
British troops 1,366 17,003 3,063 Nil 21,432
Indian troops 19,288 112,052 4,734 1,497 137,571
Totals 20,654 129,055 7,797 1,497 159,003


Details of the outbreak of mutiny in various locations can be found in the following articles:


For details of the campaigns during the mutiny see the following main articles

Volunteer force

Camel Corps

The Camel Corps was formed at Lucknow on 5 April 1858 from drafts of 100 men each from the 2nd and 3rd Battalion, The Rifle Brigade, to which were eventually added 200 Sikhs. The Camel Corps was used in 1858 and 1859 to support columns of soldiers despatched during the latter stages of the Indian Mutiny to hunt down groups of rebels that had fled into the countryside of Rohilkund and Oudh, and was disbanded on 1 June 1860.

FIBIS resources


  • Available at the British Library UIN: BLL01009529613 is the publication, Casualty Roll for the Indian Mutiny, 1857-59, compiled by I. T. Taverner, published by J. B. Hayward & Son (1983), Suffolk, England (ISBN: 0 903754 98 3) pp.205. It contains name, rank and regimental number of every casualty (fatal or otherwise) of HM's (incl. Naval Brigade) & HEIC forces (by Presidency, incl. Indian Medical Service and Ecclesiastical Establishment); location and date where/when/how injured. A useful chronology of the Mutiny events and bibliography is appended.[1]
  • Military records on include record set entitled British Casualties, Indian Mutiny 1857-1859


  • What Really Happened During the Mutiny : a Day-by-day Account of the Major Events of 1857-59 in India by P.J.O. Taylor. Published Delhi, Oxford University Press, 1997. Available at the British Library UIN: BLL01008881260 . Contains a bibliography which effectively replaced previous ones.[2] The author had previously been an officer in the Indian Army who wrote a number of books on the Indian Mutiny.

Recommended Reading

See Fibiwiki Military Reading List - Mutiny

External links


  • Catalogue of Resources in UK Libraries in conjunction with Mutiny at the Margins
  • 1857: A Brief Political and Military Analysis by Maj (Retd) Agha Humayun Amin (Pakistan), now archived webpages. Issues from July 1999 to June 2000
Chapter One "The English East India Company's Conquest Of India 1757-1849" Chapter Two "The Causes Of The Rebellion" Chapter Three "Political and Military Situation from 1839 to 1857" and Chapter Four "The Bengal Army and The Military Situation -1857" Chapter Five "Development of Situation-January to July 1857". Further chapters may be seen under particular campaigns.


Historical newspapers and books online

Histories and general

Details of the Reports presented, with brief details of the contents.
Many of the following are also available as British Library Digital Books, accessible through the British Library Catalogue Search, where the pages may be rotated if required.
Mutinies in the East Indies Variant Title: Papers relative to the Mutinies in the East Indies 1857 Google Books. [Parliamentary paper 2252 (British Library catalogue)]
Appendix to Papers relative to the Mutinies in the East Indies (Inclosures in Nos. 1, 3, 5 and 6) 1857 Google Books
Appendix to Papers relative to the Mutinies in the East Indies (Inclosures in Nos. 7 to 19) 1857
Further Papers relative to the Mutinies in the East Indies 1857 [Parliamentary papers 2266 (British Library catalogue)] British Library Digital Collection
Further Papers relative to the Mutinies in the East Indies 1857 [Parliamentary papers 2277 (British Library catalogue)] Google Books
Further Papers (No. 4) relative to the Mutinies in the East Indies 1857 Google Books
Further Papers (No. 5) relative to the Mutinies in the East Indies 1857 Google Books
Appendix (A) to the Further Papers (No. 5) relative to the Mutinies In The East Indies (Inclosures in No.1) 1857
Appendix (B) to Further Papers (No. 5) relative to the Mutinies In The East Indies (Inclosures in Nos 2, 3 and 4) 1858 Google Books
Further Papers (No. 6) relative to the Mutinies In The East Indies Not dated , but probably 1858
Supplement to Papers (No. 6) relative to the Mutinies in the East Indies 1858 Google Books
Further Papers (No. 7) relative to the Mutinies In The East Indies 1857 HathiTrust Version
Further Papers (No. 8) relative to the Insurrection In The East Indies 1858
Further Papers (No. 8A) relative to the Insurrection In The East Indies 1858
Further Papers (No. 9) relative to the Insurrection In The East Indies 1858 2nd file, both
Extracts from some of the above. "No. CXVII—Mutinies in India (Bengal): Further Papers (No. 6, in continuation of No. 4,) relative to the Mutinies in the East Indies" etc, including "Central Provinces", pages 326-446 (digital pages 138-258) 'Series F British India, Colonies etc' Annals of British Legislation, Volume 5 edited by Leone Levi 1859 Google Books
  • The History of the Indian Mutiny, Volume 1 and Volume 2 by Charles Ball, 1858., Digital Library of India Collection. Index pages commence digital page 756, Volume 1 and digital page 4, Volume 2
Google Books has Volume 1, and almost all of Volume 2, classified as Volumes 1-7, as follows:
Volume 1: Images, Cover page,which advises "Illustrated with Battle Scenes, Views of Places, Portraits and Maps, Beautifully Engraved On Steel" Page 1 of text, continues to page 184
Volume 2: Images, page 185, continues to page 376
Volume 3: Images, page 377, continues to page 568
Volume 4: Images, page 569, continues to page 648, end of (original) Volume 1. Page 1 of (original) Volume 2, continues to page 112
Volume 5: Images, page 113, continues to page 304
Volume 6: Images, page 305, continues to page 496
Volume 7: Images, page 497, continues to page 663, missing page 664, Index, Volume 1, page 671, Index, Volume 2, page 679
Lacks maps, but pages may be easier to read
Second edition 1897 With a second Preface.
Mutiny Records Correspondence In Two Parts [Vol. 7] Part 1; [Vol. 7] Pt.2, Pt.2 2nd file
Mutiny Records Reports [Vol.8] Pt.1, Mutiny Records Reports [Vol.8] Pt.2. Public Library of India Collection.
Press Lists of Mutiny Papers of 1857-58 in the Punjab Secretariat published c 1925 (although catalogued 1857). The author appears to be HLO Garrett, Keeper of the Punjab Records at Lahore., Granth Sanjeevani Collection.

Personal accounts: Army

He arrived in India 1856. Appointed to Lucknow. Wounded and died during the Siege of Lucknow July 1857.
A Lady's Diary Before and During the Indian Mutiny by M H Ouvry 1892 The author 's husband wrote the book above.
The Revolt in Hindustan, 1857-59 by Sir Evelyn Wood 1908 Based on a series of articles in The Times in October 1907.

Personal accounts: Navy

Personal accounts: Civilians and others

  • Personal Adventures during the Indian Rebellion in Rohilcund, Futtehghur, and Oude by William Edwards, Judge of Benares, and late Magistrate and Collector of Budaon in Rohilcund. 1858 Google Books
  • "Chapter VII", page 53 Anecdotes and Reminiscences of Service in Bengal] [by A. L. M. Phillips (Alfred Lisle March Phillips) 1878] Google Books. At the commencement of the Indian Mutiny, he was Magistrate and Collector of the Etah district, in the North-West Provinces, midway between Allyghur and Etawah, and his paths crossed with the author William Edwards (previous book) who was his cousin. Subsequently he was Magistrate and Collector of Agra and its district from June 1857.
  • My Diary in India, in the year 1858-9 by William Howard Russell, Special Correspondent of The Times 1860 Google Books Volume 1, Volume 2
  • How I won the Victoria Cross by Thomas Henry Kavanagh, Assistant Commissioner in Oudh, 1860 Google Books
  • "The Mutiny" page 310 Memorials of Service in India‬: ‪from the correspondence of the late Major Samuel Charters Macpherson,‬ Political Agent at Gwalior during the Mutiny 1865 Google Books
  • Our real danger in India by C Forjett, late Commissioner of Police of Bombay c 1877. Includes the author’s views on the causes of the Mutiny and his part in the preventative and precautionary measures taken in Bombay during the Mutiny.
  • The Personal Adventures and Experiences of a Magistrate During the Rise, Progress, and Suppression of the Indian Mutiny by Mark Thornhill 1884 Also available as a current reprint by Cambridge University Press Preview Google Books.
  • Chapter VI, page 198 Reminiscences of an Indian Official by General Sir Orfeur Cavenagh 1884 The measures taken in Calcutta during the Mutiny.
  • Daily Life during the Indian Mutiny : Personal Experiences of 1857 by J W Sherer [former Magistrate of Futtehpore, and afterwards Cawnpore] 1910 (later reprint edition). Text previously appeared in Colonel F C Maude’s Memories of the Mutiny 1894, refer above.
  • See the page Herbert Benjamin Edwardes‎ for online books about his role as Commissioner of Peshawar during the Indian Mutiny.


The Great White Hand or, The Tiger of Cawnpore: a Story of the Indian Mutiny by J E Muddock 1896

For younger readers

Gil the Gunner; or The Youngest Officer in the East by George Manville Fenn 1892 A boys’ adventure story about a young officer in the Bengal Horse Artillery.


  1. By email to User:Maureene dated 14 November 2010
  2. "Three Letters From The Indian Mutiny" by Brian Robson, see above.
  3. Snook, Mike. How did new troops get to Roorkee in 1858? Victorian Wars Forum 3 August 2017. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  4. Page 230 footnote "Notes on the History and Services of the Thirty-Second Regiment" Colburn's United Service Magazine and Naval and Military Journal 1880 Part 3
  5. History of the Royal and Indian Artillery in the Mutiny of 1857 by Julian R J Jocelyn. Naval & Military Press reprint edition.
  6. Accessed 21 September 2016.