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ezza12329 Apr 2018 2:18 p.m. PST

As the Continental Congress did not recognise the Vermont Republic, what were the naming conventions for units raised there? Would you have, say, been named the 1st, 2nd or 3rd Vermont? Or would they instead be named following New Hampshire numbering system as what became Vermont was then known as the New Hampshire Grants? Or were units generally just named after their commander to avoid any Vermont / New Hampshire naming dispute?

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Ezza

GreenMountainBoy Supporting Member of TMP30 Apr 2018 4:00 a.m. PST

AFIK, there were no "Vermont" regiments during the AWI. People from the region would have served in New Hampshire or New York regiments. In 1777, at the battle of Bennington (fought in near by New York State), John Stark led a force of New Hampshire and New York regiments to counter the British raiding force threatening Bennington.

There is, of course, one notable exception to this: the Green Mountain boys. This unit, too, was present at Bennington, and represents the single most famous group of Vermonters serving during the period!

Bill N30 Apr 2018 4:38 a.m. PST

My understanding is that the Vermont Republic did field its own militia, some of whom served along side the New Hampshire militia at Bennington, but Warner's regiment was their only contribution to the Continental line.

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