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Disarming the 11th Regular Cavalry at Berhampore, 1857

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November 1, 1860
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mirza Firuz Shah
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Bahadur Shah II 1837–1857

Disarming the 11th Regular Cavalry at Berhampore, 1857

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The Regiment was disarmed at Behrampore by Colonel Cambel on 1 August 1857 in the presence of Her Majesty's 90th Regiment of Light Infantry.


Although several regiments were disarmed before they had the chance to join the First War of Independence (1857-1859), in most cases British officers refused to doubt the loyalty of their men until it was too late. Eventually all ten Bengal Cavalry Regiments and most of the 74 Native Infantry Regiments were affected.


History of Behrampore


Berhampore was fortified in 1757 by the East India Company, after the Battle of Plassey in June 1757, and it continued as a cantonment until 1870. But the foundation of the city of Berhampore remains questionable.


Karnasubarna, which is very near to Berhampore, has a history dating back to 600 AD. Many buildings from the late 1600s can still be seen. It used to be known as Brahmapur because many of the Brahmin families settled here. The cantonment was constituted as a municipality in 1876 and was the headquarters of Murshidabad district. The Berhampore College was founded in 1853 and in 1888 made over to a local committee, mainly supported by Rani Swarnamayi. On 27 February 1857, the first major armed battle of the Hindustan Rebellion of 1857 took place in Barrack Square, Berhampore. Berhampore was ruled by Raja Krishnath, his ancestors and successors (he was succeeded by his sister's side of the family as he did not have any direct descendants). In 1901, Berhampore had a population of 24,397, and included the ancient town of Kasim Bazar.


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Very good information.

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