Battle of Schuinshoogte in Transvaal War of Independence, Battlefields Region, KwaZulu-Natal
08 February 1881
Having repulsed the British forces at Laing's Nek the Transvaal Burghers then started to harass the British lines of communication between Newcastle and their camp at Mt Prospect.
Expecting a re-supply convoy from Newcastle, on 08 February 1881 Gen Colley decided to take a show of force along the road to meet the wagons and escort them back to camp. However he was confronted by a Burgher force on the hills at Schuinshoogte and a fierce fight ensued with the British only being able to withdraw after nightfall in a thunderstorm.
The site is some 11km from the N11 on the “old road”. There are direction signs from the N11 at the Ingogo junction to the Battlefield. The site straddles the road and there are styles over the fences.
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