Josh&Historyland wrote:On 10 July 1806 the Sepoy Garrison of the fort at Vellore mutinied due to the suspicion that the British were attempting to phase out the religious traditions of the regiments by changing the uniform. Hats & beards being a central issue. Things were made worse by the presence of Sultan Tipu's children in the fort, they had been confined there since his death during the siege of Seringapatam in 1799.
The mutineers of the 1st/1st Madras Native Infantry, the 2nd/1st MNI and the 2nd/23rd MNI, killed 14 of their officers & 115 men of the 69th who formed the European garrison, at approx 2am. The 69th held on to the walls and gates allowing a relief force under Gillespie to put down the mutiny in the morning. Punishments were harsh on the mutineers.
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