Originally raised as the 62nd Reg t of Foot in 1755, with volunteers from Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland. The regiment was renumbered in 1757.
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.
On the drums, and bells of arms, the King's cypher painted in the same
manner, and the rank of the regiment underneath.
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