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American Revolution 1763-1789 The birth of a new nation - to commence at the Proclaimation of 1763 to the end of the Articles of Confederation.

View Poll Results: Which would you join?
British Grenadier 3 5.45%
British Light Infantry 1 1.82%
British "Hat"/Line Infantry 1 1.82%
British Dragoon 1 1.82%
British Marine 1 1.82%
British Navy 3 5.45%
British Artillery 0 0%
Loyalist Rangers 1 1.82%
Loyalist Infantry 0 0%
Loyalist Militia 0 0%
German Jaeger 4 7.27%
German Infantry 0 0%
German Dragoons 0 0%
German Artillery 1 1.82%
British Allied Indians 2 3.64%
American Riflemen 5 9.09%
American Light Infantry 3 5.45%
American Line Infantry 4 7.27%
American Militia 2 3.64%
American Artillery 3 5.45%
American Dragoons 4 7.27%
American Marines 3 5.45%
American Navy/Privateer 8 14.55%
American Allied Indians 2 3.64%
Other 3 5.45%
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My second choice would be a privateer.
So, basically still an artilleryman... just at sea this time.
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So, basically still an artilleryman... just at sea this time.
Yeah, I hadn't thought about it, but yes indeed!
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This is an interesting depiction of the Continental Army Rifle Corps, 1778-1779 by Troiani.
Nice pic!
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You left out a category: American Ranger

Navy or American Dragoons would be a close second
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You left out a category: American Ranger
Yeah. I already said that..., and gave up the "Wiki."

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Veterans of this corps had a major role in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, including Major General Israel Putnam and Brigadier Generals John Stark and Moses Hazen. The traditional usage of the military term 'ranger' had limited application during that later war. Various state governments employed ranger units for local frontier security, but the Continental Army formed very few, partly because George Washington considered frontier security a local responsibility, and focused national military forces toward opposing regular British and German army units in formal battle.

Other than the regiments and separate rifle companies from Pennsylvania and the states to the south, who fought more as light infantry rather than as ranger infantry, the Continental Army only formed two functional ranger units: Knowlton's Rangers and Whitcomb's Rangers.


Knowlton's Rangers

Knowlton's Rangers was a provisional, three-company unit of volunteers drawn from Connecticut and Massachusetts infantry line regiments commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Knowlton, were created during late summer of 1776, at New York City. They fought excellently as light infantry in the battle of Harlem Heights on September 16, 1776, but Knowlton was mortally wounded. Two months later, the remnants of the corps fell to British hands when Fort Washington surrendered; of this corps, Captain Nathan Hale gained immortality as a brave, but inept spy.


Whitcomb's Rangers

Whitcomb's Rangers originated as a similar, provisional ranger unit on the Lake Champlain front, in 1776. It gained permanent status as a two-company force on October 15th of that year, and provided reconnaissance to the Northern Department until January 1, 1781, when it disbanded at Coos, New Hampshire, as part of a general re-organization of the Continental Army. Most of Whitcomb's men were from New Hampshire and the Hampshire Grants (now Vermont).
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Regarding "Brant's Volunteers". After doing some research, I learned that most of the Loyalist White men who fought alongside the Indians in Chief Joseph Brant's Volunteer Unit tried to appear more savage than the Indians themselves. They and other British Loyalist Units were some of the reasons that most of Central New York State remained a "No Man's Land" throughout most of the Revolutionary War and Washington's troops remained hungry and low of foodstuffs as well.
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You left out a category: American Ranger
Yes, I decided not to include them since they played a rather minor role, and the few there were often served more as light infantry rather than as true rangers. IMO the previous F&I wars were when the American ranger really came into their own and served a truly vital function.
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I opted for Continentals Line Infantry since they got better uniforms than the militia
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British Dragoons without a doubt. Fighting to preserve the Empire and maintain British rule in the colonies. God Save King George III!!!
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British Dragoons without a doubt. Fighting to preserve the Empire and maintain British rule in the colonies. God Save King George III!!!
Except that the British didn't send nearly enough of them. British Cavalry Regiments could have proved overwhelmingly decisive against Washington's Continentals during his long retreat while withdrawing from Howe's British Regulars.
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The British didn't send nearly enough of anything given the size of the rebellious colonies and the duration of the war. Although enormous numbers of forces were sent in 1776, after that, the British government did not send adequate numbers of replacement troops or supplies.
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The British didn't send nearly enough of anything given the size of the rebellious colonies and the duration of the war. Although enormous numbers of forces were sent in 1776, after that, the British government did not send adequate numbers of replacement troops or supplies.

There were also major problems with sending Cavalry Horses for long journeys overseas in dark, dank, transport holds, in that, they died like flies after a very few weeks from shipping fevers and other maladies. Those that survived the journey, needed several weeks of R&R on dry land just to return them to their former capabilities.
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