List of Important Leaders Associated with the Revolt of 1857

The Revolt of 1857 was not merely a product of Sepoy mutiny but was accumulated grievances of the people against the Company’s administration and of their dislike for the foreign regime. Here is the List of important leaders Associated with the Revolt of 1857.
Created On: Nov 10, 2020 11:10 IST
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Important leaders Associated with the Revolt of 1857
Important leaders Associated with the Revolt of 1857

The Revolt of 1857 is also called the Sepoy Mutiny or India's First War of Independence. It was started on 10 May 1857 at Meerut, as a mutiny of sepoys of the British East India Company's army.

It was a prolonged period of armed uprising as well as rebellions in Northern and Central India against the British occupation of that part of the subcontinent. It began as a revolt of the sepoys of the British East India Company’s army but eventually secured the participation of the masses. The revolt is known by several names: the Sepoy Mutiny (by the British Historians), the Indian Mutiny, the Great Rebellion (by the Indian Historians), the Revolt of 1857, the Indian Insurrection, and the First War of Independence (by Vinayak Damodar Savarkar).

The revolt spread over the entire area from the neighborhood of Patna to the borders of Rajasthan. The main centers of revolt in these regions namely Kanpur, Lucknow, Bareilly, Jhansi, Gwalior, and Arrah in Bihar. Following is a list of important leaders who took part in the revolt from different parts of the country: 

Important leader Associated with the Revolt of 1857




Mangal Pandey


Bahadur Shah II, General Bakht Khan


Hakim Ahsanullah (Chief advisor to Bahadur Shah II)


Begum Hazrat Mahal, Birjis Qadir, Ahmadullah (advisor of the ex-Nawab of Awadh)


Nana Sahib, Rao Sahib (nephew of Nana), Tantia Tope, Azimullah Khan (advisor of Nana Sahib)


Rani Laxmibai

Bihar (Jagdishpur)

Kunwar Singh, Amar Singh

Allahabad and Banaras

Maulvi Liyakat Ali


Maulvi Ahmadullah (He declared the Revolt as Jihad against English)


Tufzal Hasan Khan


Mohammad Khan


Abdul Ali Khan


Khan Bahadur Khan


Firoz Shah


Tantia Tope


Kandapareshwar Singh, Manirama Datta


Surendra Shahi, Ujjwal Shahi


Raja Pratap Singh


Jaidayal Singh and Hardayal Singh


Gajadhar Singh


Sevi Singh, Kadam Singh

The revolt of 1857 was an unprecedented event in the history of British rule in India. It united, though in a limited way, many sections of Indian society for a common cause. Though the revolt failed to achieve the desired goal, it sowed the seeds of Indian nationalism.

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