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Revolutionary War Redcoat - 64th Regiment Foot by Sideshow

By John Medeiros

From the box text by Geoff Giglierano: Many fine regiments served with the British forces in the American Revolution, but the 64th. Regiment of Foot was notable as it took part in numerous actions, both large and small, from the confrontations with the New England "Minutemen" up through the final violent encounters around Charleston, South Carolina in 1782. Throughout those long years of hard and dangerous duty, the men of the 64th served with honor and fought with courage and audacity.

The regiment was organized in 1756, when Great Britain needed new units for its far flung war in France. After seeing combat in the West Indies, the 64th. Was assigned to extended garrison duty in Scotland and Ireland, where it acquired many recruits. In 1769 it was dispatched to the North America Colonies as tensions with the colonists grew. When war seemed likely, the regiment was stationed in Boston harharbor at a fort known as Castle William. It was from this post that 240 members of the 64th were sent to Salem. Massachusetts on February 25, 1775 to confiscate military supplies that the colonists were reportedly accumulating there. When the redcoats arrived, hundreds of hostile militiamen were waiting for them, and the commander of the 64th, Lt. Col Alexander Leslie, avoided starting a war by making a brief "search" and then returning to Boston. The 64th was not among the troops that went to Concord some months later on a similar expsdition that actually did trigger armed conflict.

Once war had begun, the 64th guarded Boston harbor from their island fort until the British were forced to abandon the city in March of 1776. After blowing up Castle William, the 64th was the last British regiment to evacuate Boston. The unit then was part of the British army that moved against New York City, seeing action in the victory at Long Island, as well the subsequent battles in which Washington lost the city. In the following spring, the members of the 64th and other royal units went on raids to destroy supply depots at Peekskill, New York and Danbury, Connecticut.

The next major campaign in which the 64th participated was the drive to capture Philadelphia, the rebel's capital city. The 64th's men distinguished themselves at Brandywine in a bayonet charge against some of Washington's best troops. The regiment also had minor roles in the battles of Germantown and Monmouth. The regiment returned to raiding for the next two years, burning supplies and ships along the New England coast snapping up small American units and outposts in New Jersey. The last major campaign for the 64th in the northern colonies was the capture of Stony Point. The 64th also had to rebuild the fort after "Mas Anthony" Wayne briefly retook the fort and leveled it.

The remainder of the 64th's service in the war was done in the southern theatre, where they participated in the capture of Charleston. While on garrison duty in South Carolina, the regiment regularly dealt with bands of American irregulars, including Francis Marion, who ambushed a supply train being escorted by men of the 64th. The redcoats escaped capture only through luck and clever subterfuge. The last fighting they saw in the war was at the hard-fought battle of Eutaw Springs, and in August 1782, during a sortie against American troops who were trying to prevent supplies getting to Charleston by way of the Combahee River. In what was probably the last action of the war, the 64th severely mauled it's opponents. Four months later, the regiment was transferred to Jamaica, where it remained until hostilities officially ended.

The 64th Regiment of Foot, is credited with drawing the first blood of the American Revolution in Salem, Mass. - two months before the "shot heard round the world" at Lexington and Concord.

As part of the Fife and Drum line, Sideshow brings you the British Soldier 12" figure, representing the 64th Regiment of Foot at the Battle of Monmouth. The figure has 30 points of articulation and includes short land pattern musket and bayonet with shoulder carriage, haversack, knapsack, canteen, waist belt, cartridge box, military cocked hat with cockade, uniform coat with 64th regiment lace & button loops, breeches, and buckled shoes with half gaiters.

The figure and uniform are superb and the attention to detail is particularly impressive on this release. It makes an impressive companion piece to Sideshow's Delaware regiment Continental Soldier.

The box contains the above historical information as well as enlightening period lithographs.