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Dining Room Battles08 Apr 2021 7:05 a.m. PST


Morgan's Riflemen or Morgan's Rifles, previously Morgan's Sharpshooters, and the one named Provisional Rifle Corps, were an elite light infantry unit commanded by General Daniel Morgan in the United States Revolutionary War, which served a vital role executing his tasks because it was equipped with what was then the cutting-edge rifle instead of muskets, allowing superior accuracy at an up to ten times the distance of the typical troops of the day.



historygamer Supporting Member of TMP08 Apr 2021 8:32 a.m. PST

Wasn't the Saratoga campaign kind of their high water mark? I'm not sure I'd list them as elite so much as they had a special skill set. I don't recall them really having an impact on any other battle of the war either. The estimated range in the attached article seems to greatly exaggerate their weapon's range as well.

At any given large battle, the Crown had just as many – if not more – rifles on the field in more disciplined units, than the American forces.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP08 Apr 2021 8:43 a.m. PST

Rifle armed units also needed to be backed up by musket armed troops, since they could reload faster than the rifles and could also mount bayonets which rifles could not.
Rifles could be driven off by hostile bayonet armed troops.

Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP11 Apr 2021 9:40 p.m. PST

Here is my interpretation of Morgan's Brigade at Saratoga. They maybe more uniformed than they actually were. Probably did not have a flag. But I like them anyway. The photo shows the riflemen up front, with Dearborn's Light Infantry with bayonets behind them. The riflemen are Perry metals and the light infantry are Perry plastic figures.


Bill N12 Apr 2021 4:30 a.m. PST

Very nice.

historygamer Supporting Member of TMP12 Apr 2021 11:13 a.m. PST

Lovely figures. IIRC, from Eric's books, the riflemen were a composite unit made up from VA, PA, and MD.

The same was true of Dearborn's men. They were picked men from different units. I get why you want to use the Light kit figures – I sometimes do it too. But the men in Dearborn's unit were returned to their parent unit after, and likely had no special uniform. But, I get it. ;-)

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