Drift, Lower Tugela (from Natal) [i.e. KwaZulu-Natal], 1879
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195 x 126 mm. Showing the drift across the Tugela with a punt crossing the river and with wagons, stores and soldiers waiting on the bank in the foreground. Pearson's advance into Zululand started on 12 January , the majority of the force had crossed from Natal by the evening of 13 January and from then until the 18th was spent contructing Fort Tenedos, a complement to Fort Pearson, and seen here on the farther bank of the river. Leaving a company of the Naval Brigade and several companies of Natal Kafirs to garrison Fort Pearson, and another Naval Brigade Company and two from the 99th Regiment at Fort Tenedos, Pearson's advance force left the Tugela on 18 January for the next major point on the advance to Ulundi, the Mission Station of Eshowe. The tree seen in the foreground of this photograph is that under which John Wesley Shepstone had read out Sir Barle Frere's ultimatum to the Zulus on 11 December 1878.
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