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 Letters of a British Soldier in India

The letters of a british soldier in india

THIS account is by an ordinary British soldier, William Guess of No. 4 Company, HM 95th Regiment, hence the spelling mistakes and limited punctuation. HM 95th Regiment had served in the Crimean War and was on its way to South Africa when it was diverted to India, where it remained until 1870. The account below shares the phlegmatism and virile stoicism mirrored in most British narratives of colonial warfare. Only in passing does it mention the extraordinary losses suffered by the British troops as a result of disease, heat and sunstroke during the campaigns of 1857–1858 in India, which underline the perilous life of the British subaltern classes in ...

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