J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Reward for Return of 10th Regiment Colours

His Majesty’s 10th Regiment of Foot, American Contingent, which reenacts a unit of the British Revolutionary army, is offering a reward of $1,000 for the return of two stolen flags, no questions asked.

These battle flags, or Colours, disappeared from an automobile in Waltham in early January. They are not Revolutionary artifacts; rather, they represent friendship between the U.K. and U.S. of A., having been presented to the group by British supporters in the 1970s.

The flags are made of embroidered silk, over six feet by six feet in size. Their designs appear on this page (which—be warned—also plays music). People can contact the group’s leaders through this page. On each Patriot's Day, the 10th Foot leads the charge on Lexington Green, re-enacting the skirmish that began the Revolutionary War.

I’d like to be able to report the return of these Colours soon.

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