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Osprey__Men-at-Arms__001_American_Provincial_Corps_1775-1784__1973__OCR_8.12.pdf

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OSPREY·
ME-AT-ARMS
SERIES
Text
by
PHILIP
KATCHER
Colour
plates
by
MICHAEL
YOUENS
e ~ m e r i c a n
Provincial
Gorps
1775-
17
8
4
 
Publishedin1973
b}'
Osprey
Publishing
Lid,
P.O.
Box
25,
707
Oxford
Road,
Reading,Berkshire
©
Cop}'fighl1973
Osprey
PublishingLimited
This
book
is
copyrighted
under
IheBerneColl\;enlion.
All
rightsreserved.
Apart
from
any
fairdealingforIhepurpose
of
pri\'atcstudy,research,criticism
or
review,as
permitted
under
theCopyrightAct,1956,no
part
ofmis
publication
may
~
reproduced,sloredinarClricvalsySlcm,
or
transmilledin
any
form
or
b}'
any
means,electronic,electrical,chemical,mechanical,oplical,photo-copying,recording
or
otherwise,without
the
priorpermission
of
Ihecopyrighto\\'ncr.Enquiriesshouldbcaddressed
to
IhePublishers.
Ise:,-:
0
850-15
1-18
.5
'Pnm.ed
in
Great
Bril3in
by
J.-%aId
&
osLtd,Xor",jch
 
qtJe
v'lillfrir(1!I
'Provil/rinl
(cJorpJ
1775-1784
To
say
that
policyconcerningtheraising
and
lise
of
American
Provincialtroopswasconfusedwould
Ix:
an
undcrstatcmclll.
AI
first
it
was
thoughtthaithe
American
rebels,
:l
mOl
ley
and
untrainedbunch
of
farmers
with
antique
weapons,wouldfleein
panic
at
the
firstsight
of
thered-coaledmight
of
King
George
Ill.
Powder
smokerollingdown
o\'er
thecorpses
of
BunkerHill
smothered
thatdream,
and
Ihe
British
Armyscnleddown
10
anew
and
un
expectedroleasbesiegedtroopsinBoston.
Britishofficialsrememberedhowlong
it
had
taken
to
train
Provincialtroops
during
theSeven
Y('ars
War,
locallycalledthe
'French
and
Indian
\\"ar',
tothepointwhereIheywere
effecti\·c
soldiers.Therefore
~ I a j o r - G c n e r a l
T h o m a ~
Gage,
commanding
the
army
inBoston,
d«ided
inilially
to
acceptIheoffers
of
loyalsubjectstoformIheirownunits
only
formilitiaduties.
'Garrison
Orders,
29th
October
liiS.
Some
:':onh
British
merchants
residinghere
with
theiradher('ntshavingoffen::d
their
sen'icesforthedefense
of
Iheplace,the
Commander.in-Chief
has
ordcr'd
them
(0
be
armedand
directedthem
tobeformed
into
a
company
called
"the
Royal
:':onh
British\·olunlcers··.
They
will
bedistinguishedbyablue
bonnet
with
St.
Andrews
Cross
lIpon
it.:\
1
r.
J
ames
Anderson
10
beCil
ptain,
\\"Im
Blair
and
John
Fleming,Lieutcnants.
The
Guard
Room
andAlarm
Post
10
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near
FennelHall.
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fllmiHar
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