Siege of Aligarh

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Siege of Aligarh
Part of the Second Anglo-Maratha War
Date September 1–4, 1803
Location Aligarh, India
Result British victory
Flag of the British East India Company (1801).svg British East India Company Flag of the Maratha Empire.svg Maratha Empire
Commanders and leaders
General Lake Pierre Cuillier-Perron
Casualties and losses
900 ?

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]

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 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. The walls were reinforced with French artillery and 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".[3]


  1. ^ Naravane, M.S. (2014). Battles of the Honorourable East India Company. A.P.H. Publishing Corporation. p. 75. ISBN 9788131300343. 
  2. ^ a b c Thackeray, William Makepeace (2013). "The Tremendous Adventures of Major Gahagan Chapter 2". CreateSpace. ISBN 978-1490979120. Archived from the original on 2007-06-23. 
  3. ^ Evolution of the Artillery in India, By R. C. Butalia, pg239

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