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5 SEPTEMBER

“EVERY NATIVE IS SHOT DOWN LIKE A DOG”

[ 5 September 1857 ]

On this day in 1857, an account appeared in the Illustrated Times of London by a British junior officer stationed at Allahabad. It was just one of many accounts of indiscriminate slaughter during the suppression of the Indian mutiny.  He recalled how in June “I went up in a steamer with Captain Harewood to burn villages. We took a 12lb howitzer with us, and killed an awful lot of people. The country is getting quiet here, but then every native is shot down like a dog.”

FOOTNOTES

  1. “An Escape from Allahabad,” The Illustrated Times, London, 5 September 1857, p168.

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