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Lt Melvill Titled The 1/24th Flag Bearer
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In the next few weeks I hope to be acquiring a couple of books about the flag bearers of the Union and Confederate forces in the ACW, widely shown in paintings of the battles. At Isandlwana I know as Adjutant, Melvill was responsible for the Colour, but at no time was it unravelled and located in a chosen position, should the companies have to rally, meaning for all he was concerned about the camp earlier, nobody was assigned this task in the event the Zulus broke through, so the soldiers in the retreat had no point of reference where they could head for together, but fell back where they could, mostly as individual units. In these books, the blurb talks of when the person holding the flag falls another took his place and so forth, so it never lays on the ground out of sight, only in the case of the last extremity it has to be saved from the enemy's hands. Therefore, were the flags present at Isandlwana only meant as a sort of regimental ornament, rather than having the expected practical use, defeating the idea of being there to begin with if not to rally the troops
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