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 Execution of the 51st Regiment

The execution of the 51st regiment

THE author of this letter was David Edward Wood (1812–1894), commander of the Royal Horse Artillery during the Indian Uprising. His description of the military style execution of 187 men is chilling, both in the factual description of the event itself and in the lack of sentiment displayed by the author.

David Edward Wood, Extract from a Letter, 31 August 1857

My dear John

I wrote to you about a week ago, but as there has been a good deal going on here of late and a certain amount of news of one kind and another flying about … I will bestow upon you the hour that remains before the dak office closes.

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