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 18: The Plunder of Delhi and Lucknow
The Plunder of Delhi and Lucknow
DUE to its long occupation by rebel forces and the support given to the uprising by the Emperor and his court, the entire population of Delhi was considered complicit. The slaughter and plunder of the city that followed its recapture on 21 September 1857 was, therefore, on an unprecedented scale. The city was completely depopulated, with the bulk of the population refused permission to return until the occupying British forces had accomplished extensive demolitions and remodelling of the city.
The plunder of Lucknow was more short lived but equally intense, as recorded in the diaries of W.H. Russell, The Times correspondent and the reminiscences of W. Forbes Mitchell. The plunder of both cities had ...