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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Jan 2020 10:29 p.m. PST

….-Colonel Fordyce of the 74th Highlanders, while forcing their way through the Kroomie Forest on 8th September 1851'.

"With the arrival of troop reinforcements during mid-1851 (during the 8th Cape Frontier War) it was possible for Major-General Sir Harry Smith to commence offensive operations on the eastern frontier, an important element of which was the clearing of the Gcaleka Xhosa under their chief, Maqoma (1798-1873), from the Kroome range, west of Fort Beaufort. Action began on the morning of 8 September 1851 when on his own initiative, Lieutenant-Colonel John Fordyce, 74th (Highland) Regiment, led a force to the plateau at the top of the Kroome range. A large number of Xhosa under Maqoma's personal command attacked the British troops, but after a short time they withdrew, having inflicted few casualties on Fordyce's men. However, the engagement had involved the expenditure of so much of the 2,000 rounds of ammunition that the troops had taken with them that Fordyce felt obliged to withdraw…."

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