XLVIIIth Regiment of Foot
In the center of each colour is to be painted, or embroidered, in gold
Roman characters, the number of the rank of the regiment, within the
wreath of roses and thistles on the same stalk. The second Colour to be
the colour of the facing of the regiment, with the Union in the upper
canton; except those regiments which are faced with red, white, or black.
The 48th was first raised in 1741, under James Cholmondeley,
and was known as Cholmondeley's Regiment of Foot.
The regiment saw action during King George’s War at the
Battle of Lauffeldt in July of 1747. During The Jacobite Rebellion
of 1745, the regiment fought a Falkirk in January of 1746 and then
at Culloden in April that same year. Cholmondeley's Regiment
was ranked as the 59th Foot in 1747, finally becoming the
48th Regiment of Foot in July of 1751.
The 48th Foot arrived in North America in 1755
as part of General Braddock's ill-fated expedition against
Fort Duquesne. In July of 1758, the regiment participated
in the siege and capture of Louisburg. The 48th was part of
General Wolfe's Army fighting on the Plains of Abraham,
above the city of Quebec, on September 13, 1759.
The regiment participated in the expedition against
Montreal, where the surrender of De Vaudreuil's troops on
12th September, 1760, completed the conquest of the Canada.
After Montreal, the 48th was sent to the West Indies,
taking part in the capture of Martinique and
the Spanish citadel of Havana.
The 48th Regiment of Foot returned home
after the peace of 1763.
The front [of the drums] to be painted with the colour of the facing
of the regiment, with the King's cypher and crown, and the
number of the regiment under it.
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