|Posted By:||David R. Berry|
|Subject:||Re: Rogers' Rangers|
|Post Date:||February 20, 2005 at 21:25:48|
|Forum:||Seven Years War Forum|
Robert Rogers commanded the "Queen's Rangers" for a VERY short period of time in the years 1776-77. The unit was then taken over by two other officers in succession, one named French, and the other escapes my memory at the moment.....Weymss. From 1777 on it was commanded by John Graves Simcoe and in 1779 it gained the additional title of Queen's Rangers, 1st American Regiment, and fought through the balance of the American Revolution, through Pennsylvania and eventually into the south. At the conclusion of the war the unit went north to Canada and settled near Toronto where it established itself as a sort of retired military unit in residence. The Queen's Rangers, 1st American Regiment still exists today (Queen's York Rangers) as part of the Canadian Forces. Their regimental cap badge is taken from the centerpiece of the Simcoe flag of the Revolutionary War. The original flag is kept at the Officers Mess at Fort York. (It is worth writing them a letter just to get a reply which has the embossed regimental badge on the letterhead.)
Rogers recruited for the King' Rangers very late in the war with his brother. This recruiting occurred mostly in eastern Canada and I believe Nova Scotia.
If you have a good university library near you and can get the compiled correspondence of George Washington, there are several very interesting passages relating to the anticipated recruitment of Rogers into American service, and subsequent concerns of his movements when he joined the British.
In fiction, Kenneth Roberts OLIVER WISWELL is an interesting read of the war on Long Island and Rogers' 'establishment' of the Queen's Rangers.