In the center of their colours, the King's cypher within the garter, and
crown over it. In the three corners of the second colour, the King's cypher
and crown. The colours of the second battalion to be distinguished by a
flaming ray of gold, descending from the upper corner of each colour,
towards the center.
After General Braddock's defeat in 1755, the Crown authorized the raising of a regiment of four battalions, for service in North America. Recruited in Germany, and among the Swiss and German settlers of Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland, this regiment was designated the 62nd Regiment of Foot. In 1757, the regiment was redesignated the 60th Regiment of Foot, or Royal American Regiment.
The 1st and 4th battalions of the 60th Foot saw action during the disastrous assault on Ticonderoga Heights on July 8, 1758. The 2nd and 3rd Battalions of the 60th took part in the siege and capture of Louisburg in 1758. They were also part of General Wolfe's Army fighting on the Plains of Abraham, above the city of Quebec, on September 13, 1759, and during the defense of Quebec in 1760. The 1st Battalion participated in the capture of Fort Duquesne and saw action throughout the Carolinas. In 1760, detachments of all four Battalions were present for the French surrender of Montreal.
After Montreal, the 60th was sent to the West Indies, taking part in the capture of Martinique, and the Spanish citadel of Havana.
Returning to America in 1763, the regiment played a major role during Pontiacís Rebellion. The 60th Regiment of Foot, reduced to only two Battalions, left America in 1775 for the West Indies.
During the American Revolution, the 60th was increased, once again, to four battalions. In 1779, the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Battalions returned to America, participating in the defense of Savannah, Georgia. That same year the 3rd Battalion saw action in Baton Rouge (Louisiana), while the 4th Battalion was engaged in Mobile (Alabama). Both the 3rd and 4th Battalions participated in the siege of Pensacola (Florida) in 1781.
On the drums, and bells of arms, the King's cypher painted in the same
manner, and the rank of the regiment underneath.
Evidence suggests that the drum would also have had depictions of the
King's cypher and crown to the upper right, lower right, and lower left of the
King's cypher within the garter, and "Regt LX" in gold leaf to the upper left.
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