Cawnpore (Satichaura Ghat)

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Cawnpore (Satichaura Ghat)
Part of Indian Mutiny
Date: 27 June 1857
Location: Cawnpore Uttar Pradesh
Presidency: Bengal
Co-ordinates: 26.470876°N 80.371896°E
Result: Massacre of Europeans
East India Company Rebel Sepoys
Maj Gen Sir Hugh Wheeler Nana Sahib (Dhondu Pant)]
Tatya Tope

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


The survivors of the Siege of Cawnpore were offered safe conduct to Allahabad and on 27 June they were conducted to boats waiting at Satichaura Ghat on the Ganges. As they embarked they were attacked. Sir Hugh Wheeler and all the men, except for Captain Thompson with three companions who escaped downriver, were killed as were a considerable number of women and children. The survivors were taken back into Cawnpore. See Cawnpore (Bibigarh) for subsequent events.

General Wheeler was married to an Indian woman and had a daughter Margaret who was 18 at the time of the massacre. She was thought to also have been killed but a deathbed confession 50 years later revealed the truth.[1]

Satichaura Ghat postcard

External Links

"Indian Mutiny 1857-58"
Satichaura Ghat Massacre Wikipedia
Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh Wikipedia
Kanpur Memorial Church Wikipedia

Historical books on-line

The Story of Cawnpore by Capt Mowbray Thompson 1859 Capt Thompson's account
List of inscriptions on Christian tombs and tablets of historical interest in the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh by E A H Blunt ICS 1911 Description of the uprising and names on monuments of European victims

Recommended Reading

For more information see Fibiwiki review of books listed below

  • Saul David, Indian Mutiny: 1857 (London: Viking, 2002), ISBN 0670911372 ; (Penguin, 2002), ISBN 0141005548
  • Andrew Ward, Our Bones are Scattered: the Cawnpore Massacres and the Indian Mutiny of 1857 (McArthur & Co, 1996), ISBN 0719564107