16106 American Militiaman, 1775-83 Troiani Art of War

W. Britains

The performance of the colonial militia stunned the military professionals of Great Britain in the early days of the American Revolution. These civilians-turned-soldiers, often had some previous service experience in various provincial regiments during the 15 or so years preceding the events that unfolded at Lexington Common, Concord Bridge, and Bunker Hill. Few of these militia organizations had any uniforms, standardized weapons, or equipment, but took a fearsome toll on the British regulars sent to suppress any thoughts of rebellion. When the tensions erupted into outright armed revolt, some of these men joined the newly raised state regiments or, later, Continental Line regiments, while some remained in local militia companies.

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