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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