Early in 1857 the garrison of Meerut, near Delhi, revolted, and the British troops failed to suppress it.
At length, on May 10th, the storm burst out at Meerut in all its fury.
But it is easy to be wise after the event, and the general commanding at Meerut, though a brave man, was not a far-seeing one.
But the military authorities at Meerut were unequal to the crisis.
The European officers held on in sheer desperation; they hoped to be reinforced by British soldiers from Meerut.
I cannot leave Meerut without taking the reader to the churchyard of that station.
One of the most interesting poems I ever found was written at Meerut, three or four days before the Mutiny broke out there.
Some miles to the northward of Meerut is the station of Burnampore.
On the 10th May occurred the outbreak at Meerut, closely followed by the massacre at Delhi.
"The telegram as to Meerut is clearly an official one," Bathurst said.