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TICONDEROGA   77

order to retreat, for which there is no word in the Gaelic language, had to be sounded many times before they reluctantly obeyed. When at last they did so, they carried off all their wounded, at the same time covering the retreat of the army with great coolness and deliberation. An officer present said afterwards : " The affair at Fontenoy was nothing. I saw both." For the conspicuous valour displayed by the division on this occasion, the King conferred upon it the distinguished title of Royal Highland Regiment, along with the red feather to be worn in the bonnet. Among the twenty-four officers of this corps killed and wounded, his presentiment fulfilled, fell Campbell of Inverawe, his son, Lieu-tenant Alexander Campbell, also receiving his death-wound at the same time. Both were rescued with great spirit and carried from the field, to die later of their mortal wounds—the father at Fort Edward on the Hudson, the son after reaching Scotland. Three-quarters of the strength of the Royal Highland Regiment shared the fate of its officers before the deadly loop-holes, establishing a record that time will not allow to perish, and in all nineteen hundred and forty-four men were lost in killed, wounded, and missing on that fatal day.


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