Cawnpore (Bibigarh)

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Cawnpore (Bibigarh)
Part of Indian Mutiny
Date: 15 July 1857
Location: Cawnpore Uttar Pradesh
Presidency: Bengal
Co-ordinates: 26.470876°N 80.371896°E
Result: British murdered
Rebel Sepoys
Tatya Tope
Azimullah Khan

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


Following the massacre at Satichaura Ghat on 27 June, the surviving women and children were taken back to Cawnpore. Together with refugees from Fategarh, in total 206 women and children, they were confined in two rooms of a residence called Bibigarh. Nana Sahib attempted to use them as a bargaining tool to deter the British forces under Brig-Gen Sir Henry Havelock approaching Cawnpore. When this failed the captives were murdered on 15 July and the bodies thrown down a well the following day.

External Links

Indian Mutiny 1857-58
Bibigarh Massacre Wikipedia
Scene of the Massacre Ames Library

Historical books on-line

The Story of Cawnpore by Capt Mowbray Thompson 1859 Capt Thompson's account

Recommended Reading

Saul David, Indian Mutiny: 1857 (London: Viking, 2002), ISBN 0670911372 ; (Penguin, 2002), ISBN 0141005548
W H Russell, My Indian Mutiny Diary (Periodicals Service Co, 1967), ISBN 0527781207
Andrew Ward, Our Bones are Scattered: the Cawnpore Massacres and the Indian Mutiny of 1857 (McArthur & Co, 1996), ISBN 0719564107