Siege of Aligarh

The siege of Aligarh also known as the Battle of Aligarh was fought between the Maratha Confederacy and the British East India Company during the Second Anglo-Maratha War (1803–1805) at Aligarh, India.[1]

Siege of Aligarh
Part of the Second Anglo-Maratha War

Attack on Perron's camp and storming of Allyghur, Aug - Sep 1803
Date1–4 September 1803
Location
Result British victory
Belligerents
British East India Company Maratha Empire (French)
Commanders and leaders
General Lake Pierre Cuillier-Perron
Casualties and losses
900 300

Aligarh Fort, one of the strongest forts in India, was fortified and commanded by a French mercenary officer Pierre Perron. It was laid under siege on 1 September 1803, by the British 76th Regiment, now known as the Yorkshire Regiment, under General Lord Gerard Lake. It was captured from the Marathas and French on 4 September 1803.[2] During the assault, fourteen ditches were lined with sword-blades and poisoned chevaux-de-frise around the fort by the French soldiers. The walls were reinforced with French artillery. Tigers and Lions of Scindia's menagerie were also used by the French.[2] During the battle, the British lost as many as 900 soldiers.[2] The then Duke of Wellington declared the capture as "One of the most extraordinary feats of the British conquest of Northern India".[3]


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