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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2018 3:18 p.m. PST



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RudyNelson15 Sep 2018 9:00 p.m. PST

The article does not represent total manpower in organized units of the Americans. The states of Georgia, NC, SC, Tenn, La, KY all raised units to fight in the South..

Nor does it includes various militia units raised in Miss, Ala or Native Nation tribes which supported the USA.

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2018 5:37 a.m. PST

It covers the Regular Army which is the subject of the article, I think. Unfortunately, Jefferson had hobbled the US Navy and US Army and Madison didn't seem to realize that they were not ready to fight a war against Great Britain.

And it should also be noted that much of the militia was not combat-worthy.

RudyNelson24 Sep 2018 8:30 p.m. PST

I am looking at the south and what was regarded as western militia which seems to have a better record than eastern or maybe city militia.
State units were uniformed and drilled with their main drawback being the short terms of enlistment rather battlefield performance.
In the southern and frontier areas, militia were those units raised around a settlement by an influential leader. They were different than the volunteer units raised by States.

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2018 3:35 a.m. PST

The uniformed Maryland militia was very good to excellent, witness their performance in the delaying action at North Point outside of Baltimore in 1814.

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