This Day in History: 1858-06-03

A 100-man detachment of the 59th Regiment (later 2nd East Lancashires) marches from Canton in a 1400-man force to attack a camp of  ‘Braves’ at White Mountain, north of the city. The ‘Braves’ were Chinese insurgents who, following the 2nd Opium War and encouraged by the Emperor, conducted a guerilla campaign against the Allied troops and traders in Canton. Brushing aside some minor opposition, the expedition finds the camp empty, so burns three villages and returns to Canton 2 days later, with several soldiers of the 59th suffering from extreme heatstroke from having to march and fight in the extreme heat.