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nevinsrip Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Sep 2017 2:14 a.m. PST

Anyone know where Cilley picked them from?
Google turn up zilch

Cilley was from NH, so you would think that he leaned toward men from New England. They would have been Continentals, so uniforms
instead of civilian dress. Would Cilley have actually picked the soldiers himself or were they picked by more senior officers?

How would you portray them? What figures and what uniforms?

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2017 6:29 a.m. PST


Joseph Cilley leading a battalion of picked men against the Royal Highlanders. Drawn from 18 battalions, Cilley's picked men had never had a chance to drill together, but the colonel was able to lead them through complicated maneuvers, sometimes under fire, to force the Highlanders off of the field.

PDF link

Refers to them as Light Infantry New Englanders and quotes one from the 8th CT that seems to be one of the picked men

My assumption is that was a converged unit of Light Infantry and model it as such

historygamer26 Sep 2017 8:13 a.m. PST

The Lights had only recently been re-instituted in the Continental Army, which makes one wonder what their uniforms looked like – and if there was even any distinction from the average soldier.

nevinsrip Sponsoring Member of TMP26 Sep 2017 10:35 p.m. PST

Disaster, Thanks for that PDF. Very informative.

While searching through GoogleI found a site that named the" 10 Myths About Monmouth".

One of the "myths" exposed was that Cilley's men did not perform any complicated maneuvers.

I am still wondering what figures to use and what uniforms? Obviously Continentals at that point. And New Englanders, according to a few sources.

Supercilius Maximus Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member27 Sep 2017 12:34 a.m. PST

Most – if not all – of the Continental infantry engaged that day fought in shirtsleeves. Even the units of Lee's advanced corps, who moved out at first light (possibly even before) were in shirtsleeves. The Perry range includes a set of infantry suitable for this.

historygamer27 Sep 2017 5:44 a.m. PST

I think the whole picked-men arrangement was a kind of anomaly for this specific battle too. And as I stated earlier, I am not sure, other than perhaps mixed coats and facings, you would really know there was anything special/different about this unit.

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