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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%
Voters: 55. You may not vote on this poll

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US Elite Units

The corps d'elite of the Continental Army was the Continental Corps of Light Infantry which was a provisional unit raised from the Continental regiments with the main army under Washington. It was they who performed the bayonets-only night assault at Stony Point in 1779 and who took Redoubt Number 10 at Yorktown in 1781 in another night assault.

The American rifle units were not the best infantry in the Continental Army and to be effective had to be supported by musket-armed Continentals with bayonets as the long rifle could not take a bayonet. Combined with being a slow-loading weapon, unsupported riflemen were at a distinct disadvantage against musket- and bayonet-armed infantry after firing. Washington never wanted more than 1,000 with the army at any one time.

Two of the best, if not the best, Continental infantry regiments were the Delaware Regiment and the 1st Maryland Regiment, especially in Greene's southern campaigns. It was the 1st Maryland that helped repulse the attack of the 33d Foot at Guilford Courthouse in March 1781 and then went on to ruin the 2d Battalion of Guards in the same action. The Marylanders and Delawares were also the infantry that defeated Tarleton's force at Cowpens the previous January and it was the Maryland and Delaware Continentals who stood when the militia ran at Camden in August 1780. The Delawares were considered the elite of the southern army.

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I would join the Allied Indians (if they would take me, that is)
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I would join the Allied Indians (if they would take me, that is)
Hey, an (almost) kindred soul British or American Allied Indians?
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Hey, an (almost) kindred soul British or American Allied Indians?
British - the Iroquois Six Nation Federation - when French explorer Samuel Champlain first ever fired a musket to the crowd of Mohawks (killing three chiefs with one musket ball) he unknowingly just lost Canada and all the other French North American territories, as Iroquois were thinking -wow, every brave must have that firing stick, whatever it is - and the British gave it to them and they allied themselves forever with the British Crown - there you go - how the French lost Canada in a nutshell (every Canadian schoolchild knows this story)
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Like Janos earlier, I already served in the American Artillery so I'm choosing them again.
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American Navy, all the way!

Having served for 20 years in the U.S. Navy, and coming from a long line of sailors, I would have to join the American Navy during the American revolution.
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American Dragoons.

As a career Infantryman with additional training in the Cavalry...I figure it would be a good fit.
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Gosh! Not much choice for us Canadians...I'll go with Loyalist Rangers (but already looking at buying prime farm land in Upper Canada, in case things to wrong in fighting the 13 colonies)

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The French beat up the Iroquois, which led to a peace treaty (La Grande Paix) that still holds today.
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I reckon a few here would even know what class!

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It would have to be the RN. All that lovely prize money with no marching about.
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