59th (2nd Nottinghamshire) Regiment of Foot - Napoleonic Wars - Formation of Second Battalion

Formation of Second Battalion

In August 1804, while stationed in England, a second battalion of the 59th Foot was raised. The 1st Battalion sailed in the following year for the Cape of Good Hope, while the 2nd Battalion was to remain on garrison duty in England, Ireland and the Channel Islands until 1808.

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