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.

The ‘Confession’ and ‘Trial’ of Tatya Tope

The ‘confession’ and ‘trial’ of tatya tope

RAMACHANDRA Pandurang Tope (1814–18 April 1859), better known by his nickname Tatya Tope, was a close associate of Nana Sahib and emerged as an important leader during the siege of Kanpur in 1857. A highly successful general, he also became notorious amongst the British for his alleged involvement in the murder of women and children imprisoned at Bibighar on 15 July 1857. Following the recapture of the city by East India Company forces on 16 July, Tope fled and raised a new army consisting of rebel soldiers from Gwalior. Having failed to recapture Kanpur, he joined the Rani Lakshmibai and Rao Sahib (a nephew of Nana Sahib) in the defence of ...

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