Relief of Allahabad

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Relief of Allahabad
Part of Indian Mutiny
Date: 12 June 1857
Location: Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
Presidency: Bengal
Co-ordinates: 25.432248°N 81.870215°E
Result: British victory
East India Company Rebel Sepoys
Col James Neill
Brig Gen James Neill


Lieut Col James Neill arrived from Benares on 11 June with a detachment of Madras Fusiliers and entered the fort. Taking command, the next day Neill bombarded the rebels and drove them from the town. This opened the way Major Stevenson with another detachment of Fusiliers to reach Allahabad. Then began a systematic campaign of attacking and burning the villages where rebels were found or suspected. A policy of indiscriminate hangings was designed to terrorise the surroundings. Reinforcements arrived from Calcutta and women and children were sent downriver in two steam boats. By the end of June both Benares and Allahabad were restored to safety.


Entries in the Dictionary of Indian Biography 1906:
James Neill (1810-1857)

External Links

Indian Mutiny 1857-58 The British Empire
James Neill Dictionary of National Biography
Col Neill at Allahabad Google Books
Capture of Allahabad Google Books
Relief of Allahabad Google Books
Allahabad Gazetteer 1857
Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh Wikipedia

Historical Books on-line

The martyr of Allahabad; memorials of Ensign Arthur Marcus Hill Cheek, of the Sixth Native Bengal Infantry by Rev Robert Meek 1857 (

Recommended Reading

"Indian Mutiny" by D Saul 2002 ISBN 0141005548
"My Indian Mutiny Diary" by WH Russell 1967 ISBN 0527781207

Allahabad Location
Survey 1920-1946
Allahabad Map 1933