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Old 10-07-2015, 09:47 PM   #12
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Arrow Thin Red Line

First edition..

Each standing in the other's light
The 93rd (Sutherland Highlanders) Regiment of Foot was a Line Infantry Regiment of the British Army.. In 1881 during the Childers Reforms it was united with the 91st (Argyllshire Highlanders) Regiment of Foot to form the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's)..The 93rd Regiment was raised 3 times before it became the Sutherland Highlanders..Upon the disbandment of the two regiments in 1799, the new 93rd Regiment was recruited from the recently disbanded Sutherland Fencibles by their old colonel William Wemyss, at this time a Major General in the British Army, on behalf of his 16-year-old cousin Elizabeth, Countess of Sutherland. Wemyss had the remaining volunteers from all over Sutherland lined up by parish, selected those he thought most suitable and issued each of these a pinch of snuff, a dram of whisky and their bounty money.. When the regiment first mustered, in Strathnaver in August 1800, not a single man selected by Wemyss failed to report.. There is a cairn at Skail, in Strathnaver, marking the spot where this muster took place...September 1800: Dispatched from Ft. George, via Aberdeen, to Guernsey..23 December 1814: 93rd lands near New Orleans. Arrive in time to help turn flank of American surprise night attack...

Battle of Balaclava..

The Thin Red Line is a 1881 oil-on-canvas painting by Robert Gibb depicting the 93rd (Sutherland Highlanders) Regiment of Foot at the Battle of Balaclava on 25 October 1854, during the Crimean War.. In an incident which became known as the "The Thin Red Line", a two-deep line of around 500 red-coated Scottish infantry from the Highland Brigade - with support from a battalion of around 1,000 Turkish infantry and six guns of field artillery - stood firm against a force of around 2,500 Russian cavalrymen..The painting was inspired by Gibb's reading of Alexander Kinglake's book The Invasion of the Crimea.. The painting was 1 of 3 by Gibb on Crimean War themes, the others depicting incidents from the Battle of Alma (Alma: Advance of the 42nd Highlanders, 1889) and the Battle of Inkerman (Saving the Colours; the Guards at Inkerman, 1895)..Gibb was born in Lauriston, the son of a builder..By the end of the next decade he had begun to establish his reputation as a painter of battles... like a coal thrown from the fire..In this world, a man, himself, is nothing.. And there ain't no world but this one..War don't ennoble men..It turns them into dogs..poisons the soul...

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