|Eight companies of hat men of the 10th|
The Tenth Regiment played an important role in the American War on Independence, from the beginning up to 1778.
|The right wing|
|The centre with flying colours|
|The left wing|
In 1775, the Light Infantry and Grenadier companies were part of the expeditionary force sent by General Gage to capture the arms being stockpiled by the militia in Concord, MA. On that day, the Light Infantry Company was present at both Lexington Green and Concord North Bridge. Both companies were engaged in the skirmishes, and the desperate retreat back to Boston.
At the Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775, the Grenadier Company took part in the fateful charges up Breed's Hill towards Prescott's fortified line, while the Light Infantry Company participated in the ill-fated attack along the beach against Stark's men guarding the rebel's left flank. The Tenth also fought in the Battle of Long Island, the Invasion of Manhattan Island, the Battle of Germantown, the Battle at Monmouth Courthouse, and the defence of Newport and Quaker Hill. Its officers and NCOs were eventually sent back to England in September 1778, and its men dispersed to fill up the ranks of different other regiments.
Colonel of the regiment was Lt-Gen. Edward Sandford (from 1763 to 1781).
The figures are from the Perry plastic set American War of Independence British Infantry 1775-1783 (AW 200). They were assembled as advancing at trail arms, as this position was more practical in wooded terrain. I chose a regiment with yellow facings, so they could represent the 9th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 28th, or 29th regiment. The 10th is identified by the number on the buttons and their special lace, too small on the miniatures to be seen. But the drummer’s cap bears the “X” on the back. But as long as you don’t have too close a look, it could be any of the afore mentioned regiments. I also used the colours from the Perry box because they are deliberately left vague in the numbers on the colours, “so they can be used for various regiments” (as the Perry leaflet proposes).
|The lieutenants with the colours|
|Rear viewof the whole|