Siege of Arrah
|Siege of Arrah|
|Part of Indian Mutiny|
|Date:||26 July-3 August 1857|
|Location:||Arrah, Bhojpur, Bihar|
|East India Company||Rebel Sepoys|
|Mr Herwald Wake
Major Vincent Eyre
60 Sikhs of Rattray's Police Battalion
Kunwar Singh took command of the sepoys who mutinied at Dinapore. Forewarned that they would attack Arrah, the Europeans who remained behind fortified a bungalow where they held out for about ten days. A relief force from Dinapore under Captain Dunbar was ambushed as they approached and forced to retreat with heavy casualties. Ross Mangles and William McDonnell won VCs in the action. It wasn't until 3 August that Major Vincent Eyre dispersed the enemy and raised the siege.
First relief force
Second relief force
Indian Mutiny 1857-58 The British Empire
Historical books online
- A turning point in the Indian Mutiny by I. Giberne Sieveking 1910 Siege of Arrah www.archive.org
- A History of the Great Revolt by John William Kaye 1864 Siege of Arrah Google Books
- A comprehensive history of India by Henry Beveridge 1862 Relief of Arrah Google Books
- Arrah in 1857.. Reprinted from a Pamphlet by John James Hall to which is added an account of…the Relief… by Charles Kelly. 1893 Archive.org.
- Two Months In Arrah In 1857 by John James Halls, late Assistant Surgeon at the Civil Station of Arrah 1905, reprint of 1860 edition. Archive.org. Arrah was twenty four miles from Dinapore.
"Indian Mutiny" by Saul David 2002 ISBN 0141005548
"My Indian Mutiny Diary" by WH Russell 1967 ISBN 0527781207