This building is where Nana Sahib coordinated his operations around the Cawnpore area. Nana Sahib was the adopted heir to Baji Rao II, the ex-peshwa of the Maratha Confederacy. The East India Company had decided that the pension and honours of the lineage would not be passed on to Nana Sahib, as he was not a natural born heir. Nana Sahib had sent his envoy Dewan Azimullah Khan to London, to petition the Queen against the Company’s decision, but failed to evoke any favourable response.
Rare Photos Of Indian Mutiny / Sepoy Mutiny / Indian Rebellion / Uprising Of 1857
Azimullah Khan Yusufzai (1830-1859), was initially appointed Secretary, and later Prime Minister to Nana Sahib. Azimullah Khan was involved in the Indian Mutiny of 1857, primarily ideologically, influencing important nobles such as Nana Sahib, who was involved in a long drawn out appeal to the British East India Company to restore to him the £80,000 annual pension that his father (exiled to the Kingdom of Oudh) had been granted. He chose Azimullah to go to England in 1853 to plead his case.
Maj-Gen Sir Hugh Wheeler was garrison commander at Kanpur (''Cawnpore'' in colonial English). In June 1857, his sipahis rebelled, looted the treasury & laid siege to Wheeler's garrison. He retreated to an entrenchment outside the city. Nana Sahib, offered safe conduct to the River for all, & boats to take them to Allahabad. Wheeler accepted, & 2 days later all marched out towards the Ghat. A shot was heard. Nana's men cut all down including Wheeler.
The Hat of Nana Sahib captured at Cawnpore in 1857, India, 19th century, of square section, rounded at the top, made of silk covered in green velvet and embroidered with gold thread and sequins, the base with a band of interlacing silver-gilt wire, with an inscribed collection label , 21.5cm. height 21.5cm. max. diam.