The Indian Uprising/ Sepoy Mutiny of 1857

Seattle University
The Indian Uprising/ Sepoy Mutiny of 1857
Paper One
Submitted to
Dr. Hazel Hahn
History Department
Thaleedah Gusti
Seattle, Washington
Although the British had denied it over the next few months they had lost control of much of north-central India. There were civil rebellions along with the military rebellion which intensified the tone to an all-out popular revolt that enveloped all classes of the population. At that time, the total amount of British forces in India was about 40,000, a relatively small number. They could do little to curb the progress of the revolt. Rebel forces took Delhi, Lucknao, and Kanpur in the spring and summer of 1857 establishing the cities as the three most important centers of revolt.
It wasn’t long before the British counter-rebellion forces began to make an impact on the revolt. The small British and Indian force that had been attacking Delhi were reinforced by a moveable column from the Punjab and they recaptured the city on September 21, 1857. Just a couple months later General Sir Colin Campbell, who was the Commander-in-Chief in India, successfully broke the siege and evacuated Lucknao on November 17th. However, the fighting did not end with the end of the siege, combat continued around Lucknao, Jhansi, Gwalior, and Bareilly until the middle of 1858.
The rebellion greatly influenced popular opinions of the Indians and the East India Company in Britain. An expansion of British media allowed the events of the rebellion to reach a mass audience in Britain. The British used the events of the rebellion as a way to provide proof of the racial depravity of the mutinous sepoys. This was donewhile also justifying vengeance on a scale that might have otherwise provoked moral outrage in Britain. The British also silenced any competing narratives about the rebellion, putting in their place narratives that depicted the British response to the rebellion as righteous.
British morale went...