29 JUNE

“SLAUGHTER ALL THE MEN”

[ 29 June 1857 ]

On this day in 1857, Colonel James Neill ordered his redcoats on a mission of bloody retribution against an Indian village suspected of harbouring mutineers,  insisting that “the village of Mullagu and neighbourhood be destroyed – slaughter all the men – take no prisoners,” adding “all insurgents that fall into good hands, hang at once – and shoot all you can.”[1]

FOOTNOTES

  1. Cited in Heather Streets,  Martial Races: The Military, Race and Masculinity in British Imperial Culture, 1857-1914, Manchester University Press, Manchester, 2004 p39

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