March 29 - 1857 - Mangal Pandey Mutinies Against the British East India Company

Mangal Pandey was a sepoy, one of the native Indian soldiers who fought for the Army of the British East India Company, and in many ways was just like many of his fellow soldiers. Or at least he was until he attempted to lead an uprising against his British officers in the spring of 1857. Trying to rally his company to mutiny, Pandey was only successful in injuring two officers and getting himself arrested. Precisely why Pandey might have wanted to mutiny is unclear, but many Indian soldiers were growing more and more concerned with the actions of the British East India Company. Specifically, the rumor that the brand new greased cartridges for the Enfield rifles were covered in pork or beef fat was never shot down by the British East India Company. Because most soldiers were Muslims or Hindus, this was seen as blasphemy, and the entire attitude was seen as a prelude to a mass conversion to Christianity. While Pandey was summarily charged with mutiny and executed, his small attempt at an uprising, as well as the British reaction, led directly to the Indian Rebellion of 1857.

William Floyd