The establishment in British India produced an impressive number of scholars and scholarly amateurs who pursued historical and other studies and wrote books and articles of distinction. Mr Palmer has produced a work in this tradition. His subject is the outbreak of the Mutiny (as the Raj considered it) among the native regiments (as the Raj called them) at Meerut on the evening of Sunday 10 May 1857. Was the outbreak planned in advance or did it arise through chance circumstances on that fateful evening? How badly was the situation handled?
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. Chapātis; 2. Greased cartridges; 3. The Presidency division, February to May; 4. Regiments and officers at Meerut; 5. Meerut Cantonment in 1857; 6. The firing parade of 24 April and its sequel; 7. The outbreak: (a) The native infantry lines; 8. The outbreak: (b) The native cavalry lines; 9. The outbreak: (c) The Bazar mobs; 10. The outbreak: (d) The European troop movements and the European lines; 11. The handling of the European troops; 12. To Delhi; 13. Conclusions; Notes and references; Index; Plan of Meerut Cantonment in 1857.