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General Picton's Hat.

Postby Josh&Historyland » June 15th, 2016, 4:24 pm

Ladies & Gentlemen.

Today I had the honour to briefly converse with Patrice Courcelle, on Facebook. I was commenting on a new commission of his that depicted the deployment of the 5th Division at Waterloo. Gen Piction is prominent but he is wearing a general officer's cocked hat. Curious I found a long discussion in French in which M. Courcelle seemed to be explaining that Picton's top hat at Waterloo is apocryphal. I am awaiting a reply in English however I wonder if anyone else knows how far back the legend of the shabby hat goes back?

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Re: General Picton's Hat.

Postby jf42 » June 15th, 2016, 9:35 pm

I have the impression that I have seen the said 'rusty' hat, with bullet hole. Mind you, is it very likely that somebody would have retrieved it at that crucial moment of the battle?

but then....

http://waterloo200.org/200-object/muske ... as-picton/

There is this...

http://www.nam.ac.uk/online-collection/ ... 3-09-285-1
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Re: General Picton's Hat.

Postby MarkW » May 16th, 2017, 3:31 pm

jf42...based upon those photos, notably the hat...it is quite possible that he wore it that once and the legend continued....if he wore a cocked hat after but was identifiable by the hat to the rank and file, he may have been not noticed as it were....i will start to dig more on this...

did we all agree that he died before crossing the Ohain road? Reading John Franklin, he suggested that he was killed before crossing the road, as he said he was shot bringing the troops up.....?
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Re: General Picton's Hat.

Postby Josh&Historyland » May 17th, 2017, 10:25 am

As far as I've been able to figure out, Picton was shot on the north side of the road, near the left hand gun of Rogers Battery as he was moving forward to steady the 79th Highlanders.

The picture I alluded to in the original post now has Picton in a top hat.

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