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Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP03 Jun 2018 4:09 p.m. PST

Anyone know who commanded the 16th Light Dragoons in 1777?

cavcrazy03 Jun 2018 5:11 p.m. PST


Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP03 Jun 2018 5:55 p.m. PST

Burgoyne founded the regiment. By 1777 he was a Maj. General and was involved at the outset of the war in Boston. He was later to command the Saratoga expedition in 1777. I am going with Francis Gwyn.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP03 Jun 2018 6:37 p.m. PST

I would go with Col Harcourt

link – Would seem to indicate that Colonel Harcourt may have been in command

link states that Harcourt was in defacto command (due to Burgoynes other roles) during Lee's capture and later in 1777 made a full Colonel

Based on a few sites Francis Gwyn was a Major at the Battle of Paoli during the later part of September of 1977 commanded a detachment of the 16h there

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP03 Jun 2018 10:02 p.m. PST

I agree. I looked at that same page and for some reason missed it.


historygamer06 Jun 2018 8:04 a.m. PST

Colonels of regiments as to who commanded the battalion/regiment in the field is usually apples to watermelons in the AWI period.

The Crown cavalry units don't see to have fielded as a complete unit in most cases. Further, they were usually a mixed legion force of foot and horse – which again, may not have fielded together.

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