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MiniPigs14 Aug 2019 8:23 a.m. PST

Did these only get converged together or were they also integrated with the ordinary line flank companies?

42flanker14 Aug 2019 10:01 a.m. PST

Mini pigs, on arrival at Staten Island in 1776 the light coy of 42nd RHR was initially attached to 1st LI Battn and subsequently to 3rd LI Battn (until it was disbanded in March 1777, when they rejoined 1st LI).

The Light company of 1st Bn 71st Highlanders were captured at sea en route from Greenock. The Light company of the 2nd Bn 71st were attached to the 2nd LI Battn.

It was the grenadier Bns of the 42nd and 71st who were briefly formed into 4th Grenadier Battn but it soon had to be disbanded when the 71st contingent were depleted by sickness.

historygamer14 Aug 2019 10:04 a.m. PST

IIRC, they were originally formed into a third Light and third Gren battalion (the companies were that big, and the 71st had two battalions), but due to sickness the battalions were eventually disbanded. Then they were simply folded into the two converged battalions of each in 1777.

Clinton briefly disbanded the converged battalions, then reconstituted them, perhaps rethinking his decision.

historygamer14 Aug 2019 10:05 a.m. PST

There you go. :-)

42flanker14 Aug 2019 11:33 a.m. PST

HG, Clinton caused such indignation amongst the officers of the flanks corps that he relented, although IIRC, in principle he was against diverting the most experienced or promising men from psrent regiments to form bodies of picked men

Old Contemptible14 Aug 2019 2:42 p.m. PST

I may be wrong but mine are converged with non-Highland elites. I think Perry offers grenadier and light highlander figures.

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