Background: Neill and Havelock were massacring villages there by creating a twenty mile wide no man zone from Calcutta to Kanpur. Some villagers, impacted by it flocked into Kanpur
14 Jun 1857: Information comes that Delhi has fallen
20 Jun 1857: A Mrs Freeman, an American missionary confirms the news of the fall of Delhi
In the meanwhile, orders not to evacuate the non combatants were given
21 Jun 1857: All non-combatants herded into barracks
24 Jun 1857: Nana Saheb offers to evacuate the whole British to Allahabad.
26 Jun 1857: Gen Wheeler sends Brititsh under Lt Delafosse, Lt Goad and Capt Turner inspect the boats for evacuation. Since there is a possibility of rioting, he asks them to evacuate by the night. Howwever, they move out in the morning and Jwala Prasad as asked to sleep with the British for their safety
27 Jun 1857: Nana Saheb allowed the soldiers to carry their guns and sixty rounds of ammunition. A column of 17 elephants, 70 palanquins, 16 escort horsemen left the barracks . Tatya Tope, Azimullah Khan, Bala Rao and Baba Bhat were at Hardeo temple atop the Ghat overseeing the operations. After all the forty boats were filled, the boatmen were asked to collect their wages and they jumped into the water. Fearing mischief, the British fired upon them, resulting in a general escalation(Mobray Thomson). The escort guard fired upon the soldiers joined by others and many boats were burnt and all British soldiers were killed. Tatya Tope intervened to remove the left out 120 under the safety of armed guards.
3 Jul 1857: The prisoners moved to Bibighar. Only, women were allowed to cater to the prisoners.
15 Jul 1857: Civilian anger against the prisoners and British atrocities elsewhere and the prisoners were massacred at Bibighar. Intervening Indian soldiers were cut off. It is also alleged that the British soldiers themselves cut off those trapped in Bibighar to pent up the anger against the Indians(Amaresh Mishra). Mobray Thomson, instead writes that the British shot first at Bibighar.