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The Continental Army, Chapter III

The Continental Regiments of 1776: Boston and Quebec In 1775 the four New England colonies had raised their own armies in the aftermath of Lexington, and New York followed suit with encouragement from the Continental Congress. Lack of centralized direction allowed each colony to base its regimental organization on its own particular experience in the…

Lord Rawdon’s Regiment

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. March 17.—A munificent entertainment was given by Lord Rawdon, colonel of the Volunteers of Ireland, to his regiment, quartered at Jamaica, Long Island, in honor of St. Patrick, tutelar saint of that kingdom. The following song was sung by…

The Irish Battalion

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. March 18.—Yesterday, the anniversary of Saint Patrick, the tutelar saint of Ireland, was celebrated in New York by the natives of that kingdom, with their accustomed hilarity. The volunteers of Ireland, preceded by their band of music, marched into…

Boston Evacuated

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol I. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. March 17. –This morning the British army in Boston, under General Howe, consisting of upwards of seven thousand men, after suffering an ignominious blockade for many months past, disgracefully quitted all their strongholds in Boston and Charlestown, fled from…