Lieutenant-Colonel Charles McCarthy, Royal African Corps, 1812 (c)
Miniature watercolour on ivory, artist unknown, 1812 (c).
McCarthy (1764-1824) was the governor of the Cape Coast (now Ghana) and commanding a British expedition during the First Ashanti War (1823-183) in 1824. His column was defeated at Nsamankow on 21 January and McCarthy was killed. His head was taken by the Ashanti as a war trophy.
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National Army Museum, Out of Copyright
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