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Thread: 71st Regiment of Foot Cap Badge Found While Scuba Diving in the Savannah River, Georgia, USA.

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    71st Regiment of Foot Cap Badge Found While Scuba Diving in the Savannah River, Georgia, USA.

    That’s not the only 71st Regt. (Highlanders) of Foot, artefact, that can be uncovered in Savannah, Halifax, Montréal, uniforms of the 42nd and 71st including LI Coys.
    Headquarters Records of the British Army in America. Return of clothing and necessarys embezzled and lost. P.R.O. 30./55, Vol. 65, pp. 7164-6:
    Many uniforms etc weren’t returned, one must consider a large Scottish community etc., in Savannah Georgia and surrounding areas.British soldiers once captured,
    their uniforms, horses, etc. were all commandeer by the American’s, and most likely lost. Uniform, pants, etc shortage in 1777 owing to those pesky Spaņiards
    commandeering British Ships, allot of those uniforms etc made it to the black market, which was flourishing in 1777.

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    71st Regiment of Foot Cap Badge found While scuba diving in the Savannah River.

    Could an amateur treasure diver really have turned up a possible Revolutionary War artifact?

    While scuba diving in the Savannah River 13 years ago, a Georgia man uncovered a mysterious badge. With the number 71 inscribed in Latin, and with imprints of a thistle and a crown, it looks like a Regimental badge.

    But the item raises more questions than it answers. The last time there was a crowned head ruling over the Georgia area was during Revolutionary times. How could a badge be that old and appear so un-corroded? Moreover, what was the badge doing on the Rebel's side of the river?

    The History Detectives head down South to uncover the truth about the Savannah River and the British High Command’s so-called Southern Strategy. Could this badge possibly have been from the 71st Highlanders — one of the fiercest troops of the war?

    Was it part of a desperate maneuver by the British to turn the tide of the Revolutionary War and reclaim the U.S. colonies?

    Note; posted 4 years ago.
    Last edited by Spaņiard; 24th January 2015 at 18:29.

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    very interesting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARMAGH View Post
    very interesting!

    Indeed, the badge is identical to other examples, that haven’t deteriorated. Just like the buttons of the 71st, the badge most probably made out of pewter,
    and would explain why it survived in the Savannah river. As an alloy with no iron, won’t rust, however it might corrode or loose it’s luster in salt water.

    SVP. Many belive 'could be' a cartridge pouch flap badge. I have picture of one, hold on will post

    71st of Foot cartrige pouch Badge.jpg
    Charleston Museum Blog: “Whatever is to be Performed or Endured”
    71st Regiment Cartridge Box Badge. The piece in the Charleston Museum’s collection was found by Mr. Jack Boineau, a former member of the Museum’s Board of Trustees,
    while walking on a beach on Edisto Island in 1966.

    Last edited by Spaņiard; 25th January 2015 at 17:07.


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