An earlier version of the Indian Mutiny

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An earlier version of the Indian Mutiny

Postby patrick » 12 Jul 2015 16:21

Unfortunately, I no longer have the book, as it became badly damaged, but I recall that in Haythornthwaite's "The Armies of Wellington" there was part of a chapter covering India at the time (Napoleonic Wars) that mentioned events eerily similar to the later mutiny.

I cannot recall the details, but some aspects recorded, including the issue of cartridges, were a foreshadowing of the events of 1857.
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Re: An earlier version of the Indian Mutiny

Postby Josh&Historyland » 12 Jul 2015 18:11

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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Re: An earlier version of the Indian Mutiny

Postby patrick » 13 Jul 2015 02:15

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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As I have not had that book for many years, I do not recall the details, but this might be what Haythornthwaite was referring to......I may have had some of the details wrong, but the similarity to the later mutiny done cause one to wonder
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Re: An earlier version of the Indian Mutiny

Postby Maureene » 13 Jul 2015 08:37

There is an account of the 1806 mutiny, in the book
Rise and Progress of the British Power in India, Volume 2‬ by Peter Auber published in 1837, from page 430
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=9LQ ... J&pg=PA430 Google Books

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Re: An earlier version of the Indian Mutiny

Postby jf42 » 13 Jul 2015 09:09

Here is an account of the Vellore Mutiny from a regimental point of view, that of the 19th Light Dragoons, as they were then, described in the 1899 history 'The Nineteenth and their times' by Colonel John Biddulph.

https://archive.org/stream/nineteenthth ... ch/vellore
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Re: An earlier version of the Indian Mutiny

Postby Mark » 13 Jul 2015 09:23

The Vellore Mutiny is outside the scope of this forum. However, it does fall within the focus of our sister-forum: http://www.napoleonicwarsforum.com

If I recall correctly, this subject has been discussed before on the NWF.

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Re: An earlier version of the Indian Mutiny

Postby Josh&Historyland » 13 Jul 2015 12:11

I think we did briefly over on the NWF, don't remember anything specific though.

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Re: An earlier version of the Indian Mutiny

Postby patrick » 14 Jul 2015 01:40

yes...I understand the events of 1806 fall outside of the time frame covered in this forum.....but, it does make one realize that the events of 1857 did not just happen in a vacuum
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