This information graciously has been shared with the Victorian Web by the Clan Sutherland. I am grateful for the permission of Andrew Sutherland to use the material from the Clan website. — Marjie Bloy, Ph. D., Senior Research Fellow, the Victorian Web

On 25 October 1854, the Sutherland Highlanders — the 93rd Regiment of Foot — faced down and repulsed a charge by the Russian cavalry, in a magnificent stand. A Russian cavalryman commented, "We expected to have to fight soldiers, but not red devils". The action was commemorated in several paintings including Robert Gibbs' The Thin Red Line.

Left: The Thin Red Line depicts the regiment's famous stand against the Russian cavalry charge. Right: A contemporary photograph of soldiers of the 93rd Regiment

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