This Day in History: 1858-08-11

China. After the ending of the 2nd Opium War, an expedition from Canton, including 100 men of the 59th Regiment (later 2nd East Lancashires), assaults the walled town of Nantow. During the escalade of the walls, the force is attacked by several hundred Braves (Chinese irregulars) who are repulsed, but not without loss. The wall is gained, the gate is blown in, and the enemy flees. After burning the town, the expedition returns to Canton the following morning. One soldier of the 59th is among the 10 killed, and 3 others of the Regiment are seriously wounded.