The Bibighar

This picture shows some of the relieving forces. There is a hint of blood in the dirt. It would have been covered in blood originally. Many of the soldiers were asked to walk through the Bibighar in order that the magnitude of the massacre would motivate them to relieve Lucknow which was still under siege. It was said that there were messages on the walls written by the victims from their days of incarceration. A rushed attempt was made to clean them off, but it was not thorougly done. It was also said that British soldiers carved their own messages to and on behalf of the victims.

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