Hello, and some regimental stuff

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Posted by Mike Zeares on June 15, 1997 at 05:05:50:

Hi, all. I found this site through a Yahoo! search. I was reading "Fields of Battle: The Wars for North America" by John Keegan. After the part about the "massacre" at Ft. Wm. Henry, I decided to see if Cooper's novel was on-line (it is). I found some Mohican sites (yes, I ignorantly thought they were extinct, too.) I then found this site, which is really cool. Anyway, now for some historical tidbits, for anyone who is into this kind of thing. The two regiments in the film were the 35th (Sussex) and the 60th (Royal Americans). The 60th was a locally-raised regiment; it had 4 battalions, which was unusual (the other regiments in N.America had 1 each.). It included a fair number of non-British, mostly Germans. After the war it was stripped of foreigners and transferred to Britain, where it became the King's Royal Rifle Corps, the most exclusive regiment of foot in the line. As for the 35th, they were taken prisoner. It was the New Yorkers whom the Indians attacked, much to the horror of Montcalm, who quickly restored order. Only 157 were killed in reality. I assume the facings were the correct colors for these two regiments. Someone on this board mentioned the drummer. That scene got a lot of chuckles in the theater where I saw it, along with whispers of "Braddock." Funny what we Americans remember from history class. Everyone knows what happens to Redcoats who march through the woods in straight lines! :-) Anyway, I could go on for days like this. Glad I found this site.

Mike Zeares

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