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The battle for Cawnpore ends

Posted in Anniversary, Famous battles, History on Thursday, 25 November 2010

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British casualties were high at the battle of Cawnpore. Illustration by C. L. Doughty

6 December marks the anniversary of the end of the battle for Cawnpore fought during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. It was, in fact, the second major conflict surrounding the city that year: in June/July the city had fallen into the hands of rebels under Nana Sahib, only to be recaptured by the forces of the British East India Company under General Henry Havelock, who then made a failed attempt to relieve Lucknow, entering the city but finding himself besieged.

In November, troops led by Tantya Tope, Nana’s lieutenant, gathered nearby in an attempt to recaptured Cawnpore. Campbell and Brigadier ‘Redan’ Windham returned to Cawnpore and mounted an attack on 5/6 December which drove the rebels from the city.

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