Apr
02

Why a German Regiment? The German Regiment and the Hessians

Congress voted to raise “a regiment of Germans” on 25 May 1776.[1] On June 27th, they worked out how they would raise it, with four companies from Maryland and four companies from Pennsylvania.[2] The decision to raise the German Regiment came on the heels of the news that Great Britain had hired auxiliary troops from…
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Jan
30

The British-American Experience of Ethnic Regiments: the German Regiment in Context (Part Two)

The largest British military expedition to North America that occurred prior to the American Revolution was during the French and Indian War, wherein the British made heavy use of ethnic regiments, in the form of Highland Regiments from Scotland, and the Royal American Regiment, which was formed specifically for British Service in America. Before the…
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Dec
02

Louis von Linkensdorf: Swiss Officer of the German Regiment

I apologize for the short post, much of it is an excerpt from writing my chapter about the officer corps of the German Regiment. The end of the semester is coming and I have much other work that requires my attention.

Oct
31

Ethnic Regiments in Western Militaries: The German Regiment in Context (Part One)

Congress’ experiment in recruiting an “Ethnic” Regiment into the Continental Army was not new by the time of the American Revolution, however it was also not a particularly old idea either. From the late Middle Ages until far into the Seventeenth Century, armies were very multinational, much of the time being made up of mercenaries…
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Oct
02

Summer Research Showcase & The Three Mutinies of the German Regiment

Last week, I took part in William and Mary’s annual Summer Research Showcase, since I received a grant for my research on the German Regiment this summer. Instead of presenting on my project as a whole, I decided to focus on what I believe will become the backbone of my chapter about the common enlisted…
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