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By Gary Zaboly

This name examines the advance of the Colonial Rangers during this interval, and exhibits how they have been taught to outlive within the woods, to struggle hand-to-hand, to scalp a fallen foe, and to struggle throughout every kind of terrain and in all climatic conditions. in accordance with formerly unpublished resource fabric, it paints a bright photograph of the lifestyles, visual appeal and reports of an American colonial ranger within the northern colonies. masking the conflict at Lovewell's Pond in 1725, a watershed occasion in New England’s frontier background, via to King George's conflict (1740-1748), the rangers have been ready for the ultimate imperial contest for regulate of North the United States, the French-Indian struggle (1754-1763).

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Arnold wanted only “experienced men” on this mission. ”39 One soldier who accompanied Arnold on the trek through Maine was seventeen-yearold Jeremiah Greenman of Newport, Rhode Island. By September 19, 1775, Greenman CITIZEN-SOLDIERS: THE ARMY OF OBSERVATION 15 found himself in Newburyport, Massachusetts, along with the other volunteers from the Army of Observation. He was soon joined by the “riflemen” from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. Greenman was certainly not a “woodsman,” but being from the Narragansett Bay county, Rhode Island, he must have been relatively familiar with boats—although not necessarily the shallow draft bateaux used in the Maine backcountry.

As a result, more than seven hundred local habitants “warmly” responded to the call of Lieutenant Governor Hector Cramahé, to turn out to defend Québec. Upon being apprised of this situation, Arnold decided to wait for help from Montgomery’s western wing of the American advance. ”48 Although the enterprising Arnold was able to cross the river on canoes and barges in early November without being detected, his ragamuffin force was in no condition to take on the defenders of Québec. Dr. Senter noted that the condition of their arms and ammunition was very poor and “in much disorder.

Further, there was no need for the towns to provide much in the way of clothing because most militiamen wore the clothes that they had on their backs. “Few had cartridge boxes or bayonets. ” They carried their gunpowder in powder horns or made loose paper cartridges and kept these in their pockets as well. This worked as long as it did not rain. A few carried swords, hunting knives, or tomahawks. Most carried along some form of rations that they had been able to purloin from home. Usually, it was a few pieces of jerked meat or course bread.

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