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1 The Mutiny Outbreak in Meerut in 1857

J.A.B. Palmer

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 0521058775 / 9780521058773, Reissue, Paperback, New, 
The establishment in British India produced an impressive number of scholars and scholarly amateurs who pursued historical and other studies and wrote books and articles of distinction. Mr. Palmer has produced a work in this tradition. His subject is the outbreak of the Mutiny (as the Raj considered it) among the native regiments (as the Raj called them) at Meerut on the evening of Sunday 10 May 1857. Was the outbreak planned in advance or did it arise through chance circumstances on that fateful evening? How badly was the situation handled? Mr Palmer’s examination moves some of the blame for handling of the incident from General Hewitt to Brigadier Archdale Wilson. He defends the failure to follow up the mutineers by a march to Delhi and gives an interesting analysis of the curious career and character of Colonel Carmichael-Smyth. He re-examines the evidence of premeditation for the outbreak and treats meticulously the significance of arms and equipment and loading drill. Contents Introduction 1. Chapâtis 2. Greased cartridges 3. The Presidency division, February to May 4. Regiments and officers at Meerut 5. Meerut Cantonment in 1857 6. The firing parade of 24 April and its sequel 7. The outbreak: (a) The native infantry lines 8. The outbreak: (b) The native cavalry lines 9. The outbreak: (c) The Bazar mobs 10. The outbreak: (d) The European troop movements and the European lines 11. The handling of the European troops 12. To Delhi 13. Conclusions Notes and references Index Plan of Meerut Cantonment in 1857. Printed Pages: 192. 021173

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