The Day After...Saint Andrew's Day

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Posted by Cpl. Malcolm A. MacWilliam, 77th Reg't of Foot, Grenadiers on December 01, 2000 at 09:08:20:

1st December, 1758
Fort Ligonier

Journal Entry:

This entry must be short for the 1st Sgt. is bawling at me to get the men formed up as quickly as possible. Yesterday was the feast day of St. Andrew, so the day and evening was spent in merriment and toasts. Some of the men are worse for wear because of too many toasts, but that is to be expected. Drummer Armstrong flinches each time he rattles the drum, I believe his head is aching a bit. Capt. Croy and 1st Sgt. Campbell had a store of excellent libations for us Grenadiers, and along with some fine haggis and sweets, it was a St. Andrew's celebration to remember. We are all in fine moods because of the fall of Fort Duquesne and the word we have received that the winter will be spent in quaters at Bedford, in cabins with solid walls and well-made chimneys.

We leave on the morrow, with what little baggage we have, to march east to Bedford for winter quarters. It continues to stay cold, a bit of snow this morning. Leggings appeared on the men during parade this morning. Ahh, 1st Sgt. is shouting for me again and I hear the rattling of Drummer Armstrong as he beats NCO's call. Must go. 'Tis a braw day. God bless us all!

Corporal M. A. MacWm.

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