Gate to Lucknow India about 1865

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GATE TO LUCKNOW, INDIA — Lucknow is one of the most important cities of India. It has a population of 300.000, and abounds in beautiful specimens of Oriental architecture. In looking on its gates, domes and minarets one is continually reminded of scenes in Cairo and Constantinople. It is also a city of great wealth, and the works of its goldsmiths are famed throughout the world. The name “Lucknow,” however, recalls to all English-speaking people very different souvenirs from those of architecture or the art of jewelers. This was in 1857-58 the scene of the awful British massacre, the thrilling story of which can hardly be surpassed in history. Inside of the Residency here were collected about 2200 persons, of whom over 500 were women and children. Six hundred of them were English soldiers. The rest were natives who had remained faithful. The attacking force numbered 50,000 men. Most of the English there were doomed, but sold their lives as dearly as possible, and actually held out for three months during the appalling heat of an Indian summer! At last the brave General Havelock reached Lucknow and rescued those who survived. The atrocities which the Indians had perpetrated in killing English women and children fairly maddened the victorious troops, and they slaughtered the Sepoys with savage fury. The street represented in the illustration is the one along which Havelock fought his way through the city to the Residency. The great mutiny was put down, but its memory remains, as the lurid glare of a distant conflagration lights up the sky with the red tint of blood. (from John L. Stoddard, Glimpses of the world; a portfolio of photographs of the marvelous works of God and man – 1892)

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