THE WAR OF INDEPENDENCE: JHELUM, JULY 6, 1857
The Officer and Sikh comrades fled towards the Europeans as soon as the sepoys started firing. The Multani Horse were ordered to charge; but the sepoys had taken shelter in the verandah, on the battlemented roof of the quarterguard and in their own huts. In a short contest, lasting ten minutes, of the 240 attackers, nine had fallen and 28 were wounded. The Infantry and the Artillery now came to enemy's help. The sepoys resisted the pressure, but were ultimately forced to make for the Lines of the 39th. They could not stay here for long as a Regimental magazine was blown up and then they moved on to the village Saemlee.
About 5 p.m. fighting recommenced. The Artillery being in the front and rather near the village, the sepoys could 'pick off the gunners with fatal precision', while the grape shot from the side of the attackers spent itself on the mud walls of houses. As the men and horses were falling fast and the ammunition running short, orders were given for a retreat. The Revolutionaries came out of the village, made a sally and captured the howitzer which their enemy had left behind. It was dark and the British gave up further attempt to seize the village. The Revolutionaries evacuated the village on the following morning and went to river but they found the bridge of boats and ferries under the control of the landlords who were in sympathy with their enemy. They tried to disperse in different directions in private boats but in this attempt many of them were captured and executed. The 14th N.I. was thus destroyed and the losses suffered by the British, in a single day, were 44 officers and men killed and 109 wounded.