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historygamer Supporting Member of TMP09 Jul 2017 8:11 p.m. PST

Found an awesome book in a used bookstore choked full of wonderful details about this regiment post-Braddock and their frontier operations conducting under Washington.

Some quick tidbits:

1. The VA regiment was originally composed of 16 companies.

2. A 17th company of rangers was added commanded by Christopher Gist and his son. The book says Gist recruited his men in PA.

3. Six additional ranger companies were formed at the Governors direction, and they apparently took orders from Washington.

4. The VA troops also included light horse (likely just mounted infantry).

5. The VA frontier was dotted with small forts garrisoned by both the rangers and VA regiment troops.

6. There were at least one or two larger posted – forts, complete with blockhouses on the four corners.

7. The good townsfolk of Winchester was not fans of Washington or his troops. In fact, Washington wrote that they threatened to blow his brains out.

More info to come, but for all those F&I games featuring cabins and stockade forts, the VA troops should be the ones using them, not redcoats – that is if you are basing your games on history during the F&I War..

FABET01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Jul 2017 3:35 a.m. PST

Is "Virginia Regiment 1756 and beyond" the title of the book? Can you tell us who the author is and what was the publishing date.

historygamer Supporting Member of TMP10 Jul 2017 1:38 p.m. PST

Sorry, that is the title of my post. The book is:

Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society. "French & Indian War in Frederick County, Virginia" by Norman L. Baker. Published in 2000.

Just some awesome stuff in here for true F&I buffs interested in this theater of the war.

If you google his name you'll find his other book references which I hope are as good as this one.

FABET01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Jul 2017 4:34 p.m. PST

Thanks. That a definite must for me.

historygamer Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2017 5:09 a.m. PST

Really interesting stuff for those interested in the period. Lots of French and Indian raids. I am trying to see if there is any reference to the French who were along with the Indians.

A French officer (Marine?) was captured while serving with an Indian band. It was found he had orders, in a pouch hanging from his neck, to attack one of the VA Regiment's forward bases of supply and burn it.

The author references that most of the raids were launched from Fort Duquesne, but I just ran across a reference of one being launched from the Great Lakes outposts (Detroit?).

Reading now about the largest raid on VA in the war.

Really interesting stuff.

marco56 Supporting Member of TMP18 Jul 2017 8:20 a.m. PST

I just ordered this.Author also did Braddock's March.

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