Mutiny at Jhansi

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Mutiny at Jhansi
Part of Indian Mutiny
Date: 5 June 1857
Location: Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh
Presidency: Bengal
Co-ordinates: 25.457421°N 78.5759°E
Result: Mutiny
East India Company Rebel Sepoys
Major Alexander Skene Kala Khan
British in the fort: 27 men, 16 women and 20 children 12th Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry
14th Irregular Cavalry
32 men
19 women
23 children


The Indian Mutiny which started in Meerut spread from town to town and reached Jhansi on 5 June 1857 where the 12th Bengal Native Infantry and the 14th Irregular Cavalry rebelled. They killed two British officers, took possession of the Star Fort with its guns and treasure, plundered the town and released prisoners from the gaol. The remaining Europeans took refuge in the Town Fort and appealed to the Rani of Jhansi who sent them guns and ammunition. The fort was too weak to defend and Major Skene accepted terms of safe conduct. However, on emerging from the fort on 7 June, the Europeans were seized and taken to the Jokan Bagh where they were killed. The mutineers left for Agra and Delhi on 11 June.

External Links

Indian Mutiny 1857-58 The British Empire
Mutiny at Jhansi Google Books
Massacre at Jhansi Google Books
Mutiny at Jhansi with contemporary accounts

Historical books on-line

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 of European victims

Recommended Reading

"Indian Mutiny" by Saul David 2002 ISBN 0141005548