Ticonderoga 1758


This oil painting illustrates the storming of the walled defences of fort Triconderoga on 8 July 1758.� The 42nd Highlanders help each other up the wall of logs after having cut their way through the abattis, a term used in siege warfare for felled trees that still have the branches attached, to provide a difficult approach to the fortifications. A crouching figure on the right is a sergeant who carries a Lochaber axe.� The uniforms are correctly shown as having buff facings.� They were granted the privilege of Royal status while they were in North America and on their return to to Britain changed their uniforms to blue facings.�


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by Stephen Luscombe