Siege of Jhansi

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Siege of Jhansi
Part of Indian Mutiny
Date: 21 March-3 April 1858
Location: Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh
Presidency: Bengal
Co-ordinates: 25.457421°N 78.5759°E
Result: British victory
East India Company Rebel Sepoys
Sir Hugh Rose Rani of Jhansi
100 killed
250 wounded


The British blamed the Rani Lakshmibai for the massacre of Europeans on 7 June 1857 during the Mutiny at Jhansi. Sir Hugh Rose commanding the Central India Field Force arrived on 21 March 1857 and commenced to besiege the town. By 30 March the bombardment had opened a breach in the walls. Tatya Tope with 20,000 men arrived but was defeated by the British at the Battle of Betwa River. Returning to the siege the attackers stormed the town on 3 April. The following three days were given to looting and it is said that some 4-5,000 citizens were killed. The Rani escaped to Kalpi.

External Links

Indian Mutiny 1857-58 The British Empire
The British return
Hugh Cochrane's VC Wikipedia
Joseph Brennan's VC Wikipedia
James Byrne's VC Wikipedia
Henry Jerome's VC Wikipedia
James Pearson's VC Wikipedia
Michael Sleavon's VC Wikipedia
Frederick Whirlpool's VC Wikipedia
Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh Wikipedia

Historical books on-line

  • Recollections of the Campaign in Malwa and Central India: under Major General Sir Hugh Rose GCB by John Henry Sylvester 1860 Siege of Jhansi Google Books
  • The Revolt in Central India, 1857-59 Army Intelligence Branch 1908 Storming the town

Recommended Reading

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

Sir Hugh Rose