The Mutiny at the Margins series takes a fresh look at the revolt of 1857 from original and unusual perspectives, focusing in particular on neglected socially marginal groups and geographic areas which have hitherto tended to be unrepresented in studies of this cataclysmic event in British imperial and Indian historiography.
Chapter 4: James Kennedy, a Christian Missionary in Varanasi
James Kennedy, a Christian Missionary in Varanasi
JAMES Kennedy worked for the London Missionary Society. His account of his memories of India at the time of the uprising is of particular interest due to the details he gives of native servants and native Christians. On 4 June 1857, he was at Varanasi (Benares) when it was announced that the sepoys had revolted, and he was among the Europeans who took refuge in the Mint. It is striking to note from his account how the fugitives were sustained by their native servants, who sought to assist their white employers even whilst being mistreated by newly arrived British soldiers.
J. Kennedy, Extract from Life and Work in Benares, 1889
In the Mint ...