Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The 100th Regiment of Foot

The 100th Regiment of Foot received the title of "HRH The Prince Regent's County of Dublin Regiment" in 1812. They were with the Royal Scots (1st Regiment of Foot) at the Battle of Chippewa. Their commander, George Hay, the Marquis of Tweeddale, was the commander who stated that he would easily dispose of the grey coated "Buffalo Militia" of the American brigade under the command of General Winfield Scott. As the Americans advanced, the British soon learned that, "those are Regulars, By God!" During the Battle of Chippewa the 100th Foot suffered 204 casualties out of 450 engaged - a casualty rate of 45%! This unit is dressed in regular British uniforms including the 'Belgic' shako which was issued to the regiment in 1813. The unit includes a sergeant armed with a musket. In Canada most sergeants turned in their spontoons and took up firearms, especially in the Niagara region, due to the close nature of the terrain. I converted the sergeant by removing the spontoon and gluing in a musket. He retains his sword and red sash as badges of rank. Given the unit's ability to take casualties and keep on fighting, I have included a wounded officer and private. All of the figures are Front Rank.

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