General Outram's force in camp at Alum Bagh
Artist: Dodgson, Sir David Scott (1822-1898)
Medium: Lithograph, coloured
This lithograph is taken from plate 17 of 'General Views of Lucknow' by Sir DS Dodgson. This scene depicts General Outram's troops repelling an attack during the Indian uprising of 1857. Soldiers from various regiments are shown, including the Bengal Artillery (Olphert's and Moir's batteries), the Highlanders, the Royal Artillery and the Madras Fusiliers. Madras Sappers are shown stationed on the road that runs through the centre of the camp. On the left of the picture is a village occupied by Sikhs, with Major Barrows' Volunteer Cavalry to its rear.
General Outram was a soldier who had also been seconded to political service in India. He was selected to lead the troops sent as reinforcements for Henry Havelock's first relief force. They were positioned at Kanpur, since that city had to be stabilised first before any advance could be made toward the Lucknow Residency. During the Lucknow campaign, progress was slowed and confused by Outram's double role as military officer and civil servant.