Fante Soldiers serving with the British against the Ashanti
Soldiers from the Fante tribe who served under the British in their war against the Ashanti empire on the Gold Coast. In 1873, after decades of an uneasy relationship between the British and the Acing people of central Ghana, the British attacked and virtually destroyed the Asanti capital of Kumasi, and officially declared Ghana a crown colony on 24 July 1874. They did this with the help of their alliances with tribes such as the Fante who were enemies of the Ashanti.
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Colonel Festing rescuing Lieut. Eardley-Wilmots body
Colonel Francis Worgan Festing (1833-1886), rescuing the body of Lieut. Eardley-Wilmot during the Ashanti War (1873-74) from a sketch by the officer of the expedition. Eardley-Wilmot was shot down by the Ashantees whilst cheering on his men(the Houssa Artillery) in the second engagement near Dunquah, Ghana. Under heavy fire, Col. Festing dashed forward, lifted Wilmot into his arms and bore him to saftey, sustaining a severe wound in the hip. The stick in the Colonel's hand is a stout blackthorn, which is always carried for the purpose of 'encouraging' the men. In 1873, after decades of an uneasy relationship between the British and the Acing people of central Ghana, the British attacked and virtually destroyed the Asanti capital of Kumasi, and officially declared Ghana a crown colony on 24 July 1874"
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The Ashantee War: how I Took Coomassie: 1
THE ASHANTEE WAR: HOW I TOOK COOMASSIE: 1. I land in great force; the main body of the enemy has apparently yet to be encountered. 2. Heavy marching order (for the Fantee bearers). 3. Mid-day halt and reconnoitre. 4. Encampment, a night surprise. 5. Coomassie taken, ANGLO ASHANTI WAR, GHANA, 1873 engraving
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