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It was in order to confer a mark of distinction upon the Connaught Rangers that a junior officer or subaltern volunteer from the 88th was requested to lead the “Forlorn Hope”, the first storming party through the main breach of the fortress walls. Almost certain death, but if he survived, the leading officer was normally assured a captaincy.  A Lieutenant William Mackie volunteered and was granted the command, composed of 20 volunteers from the 88.  Before hurling the whole of the Division into the assault, General Picton gave this particular address to the 88th:

“Rangers of Connaught! It is not my intention to expend any powder this evening. We’ll do this business with the cold iron.”

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