Siege of Cawnpore Nov 1857

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Siege of Cawnpore Nov 1857
Part of Indian Mutiny
Date: 19 November - 6 December 1857
Location: Cawnpore, Uttar Pradesh
Presidency: Bengal
Co-ordinates: 26.470876°N 80.371896°E
Result: British victory
East India Company Rebel Sepoys
Maj Gen Charles Windham
Sir Colin Campbell
Tatya Tope

This article is part of the Events at Cawnpore and the Oude Campaign during the Indian Mutiny


After Havelock recaptured Cawnpore in July 1857 he set out to relieve the Siege of Lucknow where he too became besieged. General Colin Campbell gathered a larger force and left General Windham with 1,500 men to hold Cawnpore. On 19 November Tantya Tope brought a rebel army of 6,000 men to threaten the city. Windham attacked the advance guard on 26 November and drove them back but withdrew to an entrenchment and the rebels occupied Cawnpore. General Campbell returned from Lucknow and on 6 December defeated the rebel forces.

External Links

Indian Mutiny 1857-58
2nd Battle of Cawnpore Wikipedia
Shannaon's Naval Brigade at Cawnpore Google Books
Sir Colin Campbell Dictionary of National Biography
Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh Wikipedia
1857: A Brief Political and Military Analysis by Maj (Retd) Agha Humayun Amin Chapter Twelve "The Battle of Cawnpore-December 1857" (Pakistan). Issue June 2000, now an archived webpage.

Historical Books on-line

The Defence of Cawnpore by the troops under the orders of Major General Charles A. Windham CB by Lt-Col John Adye CB 1858 (Google Books)

Recommended Reading

Saul David, Indian Mutiny (London: Viking, 2002), ISBN 0670911372; (London: Penguin, 2003), ISBN 0141005548

William Howard Russell, My Indian Mutiny Diary (Cassell & Co, 1957), ISBN 0527781207

Andrew Ward, Our Bones are Scattered: the Cawnpore Massacres and the Indian Mutiny of 1857 (McArthur & Co, 1996), ISBN 0719564107