The Freedom Fighter of 1857

The Freedom Fighters of 1857

The freedom struggle of 1857 was a wide spread event in India. The gallant acts of the fighters soon became famous and well known among people. These National heroes will always remain a source of inspiration for the generations to come. It will not be possible to describe about each one of them here, therefore only a breif description of few important soldiers is presented here.
The Freedom Fighters of 1857

Mangal Pandey- Mangal Pandey was a soldier who was posted in the Barrackpur Chhavani (Bengal). On 29th March 1857 he refused to open the larded cartridge with the teeth and shot an officer dead in his anger. He was arrested and hanged to death on 8th April 1857.
The Freedom Fighters of 1857


As a consequence of Delhi capture by soldiers, the revolt spread at many places. Lord Canning was so appalled by the response that he decided to crush the revolt in Delhi itself. 
Bahadurshah's army fought very gallantly and ferociously with the British army but were eventually defeated. British arrested Bahadurshah and exiled him to Rangoon where he died in 1862.

Bahadur Shah Zafar-II-  Bahadur Shah Zafar was the Mugal emperor. On May 10th 1857, the soldiers of Meerut Cantonment marched to Delhi following a revolt against British officers . Having conquered Delhi they proclaimed Bahadur Shah Zafar-II as the emperor of India. Despite his old age, Bahadurshah II accepted the leadership optimistic about the success of revolt. To extend the boundaries of revolt, he wrote personal letters to the rulers of Patiala, Gwalior, Kashmir and Rajput kings to request them to participate in the revolt.
The Freedom Fighters of 1857


Rani Laxmibai - In the year 1854, following the death of Raja Gangadhar rao, the husband of Laxmibai, British government denied their adopted son the heir to the throne and merged Jhansi in the British empire.
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Rani Laxmibai protested and fought fiercely. Having defeated by Hurose she landed in Kalapi and, with the help of Tatya Tope she acquired Gwalior. British commander Hurose besieged Gwalior fort. On 18th June 1858 Laxmibai sacrificed her life in soldier's outfit. Stories of her valour are still sung and inspire the Indians.

Tatya Tope - Tatya Tope was one of the valiant soldiers of struggle of 1857 who had loyalty with Peshwa family. Tatya Tope will be remembered for his patriotism, courage, strategic skills, military acumen, perseverance in the absence of resources, fearlessness and guerrilla warfare tactics. The entire responsibility of Nana Saheb Peshwa's military campaign was on the shoulders of Tatya Tope

The Freedom Fighters of 1857
Tatya Tope played a major role in acquiring Gwalior for the Queen of Jhansi Laxmibai. After the death of Laxmibai, Tatya Tope continuously engaged himself in guerrilla warfare and challenged British army in Central India and Bundelkhand. He was arrested by British by deceit and betrayal. He was caught in the jungle of Aaron (district Guna) and was hanged in Shivpuri on 18th April 1859.

Nana Saheb - Nana Saheb was another important soldiers in the freedom struggle. He was the adopted son of Bazirao Peshawar II and stayed in Bithur. After the demise of Bazirao Peshwa, British government refused to grant a title or pension to Nana Saheb.        Therefore Nanasaheb along with his loyal soldiers chased British army off from Kanpur and declared himself a Peshwa Tatya Tope and Ajimullah were his loyal army chief.
The Freedom Fighters of 1857



Begum Hajarat Mahal - Begum Hajrat Mahal was the widow of Nawab of Awadh. Once the revolt started, Begum encouraged and managed it. She declared her minor son Birjis Kadar as nawab of Awadh and ordered her soldiers to attack the British residency in Lucknow. She also led the revolt in Shahjahnpur. After suffering a defeat she went to Nepal.
The Freedom Fighters of 1857

                  The other participants in the revolt of 1857 were - Kunwar Singh (Jagdishpur- Bihar), Ahmedullah (Faizabad- Ruhelkand), Ranga Bajuji Gupte (Satara), Sonaji Pandit (Hyderabad), Bhimrao Mundagri (Karnataka), Annaji Fadnavis (Kolhapur), Gulam Gous (Madras) etc

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