The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - Chapter II, 'Detailed Report on the Naga Hills Expedition of 1879-80', Capt. P.J. Maitland

caption: resumption of survey operations in 1876; death of Capt. Butler
medium: reports
person: Butler/ Capt.Woodthorpe/ Lt.Tulloch/ Col.
ethnicgroup: Angami
location: Pangti Rephyim (Rechim) Changsu (Changse)
date: 1876
person: Maitland/ Capt. P.J.
date: 1880
person: India Office Library, London
refnum: IOR L/MIL/17/18/24
text: Colonel Nuttall's expedition having produced, it was thought, a very salutary effect, the survey operations in the Eastern Hills were again resumed in December 1876. This time Captain Butler, in political charge Naga Hills District (Western Hills) , took command.
text: The party, a few days after entering the hills, fell partly into an ambuscade near the village of Pangti, and Captain Butler was speared by a Naga concealed near the path. There were no other casualties. ( The account of this affair written by Lieutenant Woodthorpe, R.E., appears so good an illustration of Naga warfare, that, although the Angamis were not concerned in it, it is reproduced as appendix D.) Colonel Tulloch in command of the escort, which consisted of a detachment of the 42nd Assam Light Infantry (72 of all ranks) , attacked and burned the village of Pangti next day. The villages of Rechim and Changse, found to be concerned in the ambuscade, were destroyed some time afterwards. Captain Butler's death is said to have been regretted by the Angami, and other Nagas of his own district, among whom he was greatly respected.
text: With the exception of the attacks, or rather demonstrations, against the survey party in January 1875, the conduct of the Angamis towards ourselves continued during the (17) years 1875 and 1876 to be perfectly peaceable and orderly. (Assam administration Report, 1876-77.)