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Re: [AmRevolution] Lafayette's Volunteers or light


I found some organizational data in "The Continental Army" by Robin K. Wright, (Center of Military History, United States Army, Washington, 2000). This work is well indexed and has an excellent bibliography.

It states that LaFayette commanded a six battalion division of light infantry in 1780.

In 1781 he commanded the Corps of Light Infantry which had about 21 companies. The companies came from variuos regiments in the army that were organized along Europen lines with light and grenadier companies. The variuos comapnies under his command came from the regiments raised in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New Jersey and Hazen's Canadian Regiment.

Using the Company of Military Historians' index, I found two articles in "Military Collector and Historian", the company's journal. Vol. 5, No. 2 contains an article on the Continental Light Infantry Officer. Vol. 42. No. 4 contains an article on light infantry standards.

In our series of plates, 'Military Uniforms in America", plate 15 depicts The Light Infantry Company of the 4th Massachusetts Regiment. Information on the light infantry of the 2nd New Hampshire regiment is at the web site

The website below has information of the orderly books of the Light Infantry Corps.

Included is a depiction of light infantry soldiers from a series of plates by the American military artist, H.A. Ogden. It depicts three light infantrymen in the year 1782. It is Plate 6 in the series Ogden did for the Quartermaster General of th U.S. Army early in the 20th century.

Best regards,

James B. Ronan II

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