Central India Campaign

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Summary

Sir Colin Campbell's plan for the pacification of Central India was for separate columns to be formed from the two Presidencies of Bombay and Madras. The Bombay force, under the command of Gen Sir Hugh Rose, should march from Mhow to Gwalior and Jhansi, and the Madras force, which was to be led by Sir Patrick Grant, should march towards Nagpore. These two columns were to act in concert to defeat rebel forces under the command of Tatya Tope. The major operations of the Central India Field Force under Rose and the Saugor and Nerbudda Field Force under Whitlock lasted for the whole of 1858 and resulted in the destruction of Tantia Tope's army as a significant threat. Other units taking part were the Rajputana Field Force under General Henry Roberts and the Malwa Field Force under Maj-Gen John Michel.

Related articles

For details of events during this period see the following articles

22 October 1857 Battle of Dhar
21 November 1857 Battle of Mundesore
25 November 1857 Relief of Neemuch
24-30 January 1858 Siege of Rathguhr
3 February 1858 Relief of Saugor
3 March 1858 Battle of Mudanpore Pass
14 March 1858 Battle of Chundehree
23 March-3 April 1858 Battle of Jhansi
30 March 1858 Battle of Kotah
1 April 1858 Battle of Betwa River
19 April 1858 Battle of Bhowragarh
5 May 1858 Battle of Loharree Mud Fort
7 May 1858 Battle of Koonch
22 May 1858 Battle of Kalpi
22 May 1858 Battle of Humeerpore
6 June 1858 Occupation of Kirwee
16 June 1858 Battle of Morar
16-20 June 1858 Battle of Gwalior
17 June 1858 Battle of Kota-ki-Serai
21 June 1858 Battle of Jowra Alipore
8 August 1858 Battle of Sunganeer
14 August 1858 Battle of Kattara
6 September 1858 Forcing Punghatee Pass
15 September 1858 Battle of Beorora
9 October 1858 Battle of Mungrowlee
19 October 1858 Battle of Sindwah
25 October 1858 Battle of Koorai
2 January 1859 Battle of Khoree Kurarayah
16 May 1859 Battle of Richwa

Central India Field Force

Maj-Gen Sir Hugh Rose KCB commanding
1st Brigade (Brigadier Stuart)

2nd Brigade

Contingent Hyderabad State

Saugor and Nerbudda Field Force

British Army Regiments:

Native Regiments: TBC

Malwa Field Force

Brig C S Stuart, 1st Bombay Europeans, commanding

  • 14th Light Dragoons (left wing) under Major Gall
  • 3rd Cavalry, Hyderabad Contingent
  • 25th Bombay Infantry
  • Four coys, HM 86th Regiment

External Links

Historical books online

  • Selections from the letters, despatches and other state papers preserved in the Military Department of the Government of India, 1857-58 edited by George W. Forrest, Director of Records of the Government of India. Volume IV [Central India] 1912 Archive.org
A History of the Indian Mutiny; reviewed and illustrated from original documents by G W Forrest. Volume III, [Central India]. 1912 Archive.org

Maps

Central India map Imperial Gazetteer of India Vol 26 Atlas 1909