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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2021 6:03 a.m. PST

Can anyone think of a US regiment which did decent work while still wearing the early war uniform? Not that I'd give them different stats, but I have to call the regiments something.

mjkerner08 Jun 2021 6:59 a.m. PST

Sort of cheating, but 4th US at Tippecanoe in November 1811.

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2021 8:59 a.m. PST

If by 'early on' you mean 1812 then Queenston Heights comes to mind. Although "outstanding" may be too superlative a description, the 13th under LtCol Chrystie and the 23rd infantry regiment under Major Mullany performed well at the Battle of Queenston Heights. Unfortunately, most of the follow up NY militia refused to cross the Niagara river to support their regular brethren and they ultimately surrendered to Major-General Sheaffe's reinforcements from Fort George.

epturner08 Jun 2021 9:10 a.m. PST

I think elements of the 2nd Artillery were also part of that force at Queenston Heights.

I might not say "outstanding", but in a similar vein to what Iron Duke stated.


IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2021 1:42 p.m. PST

Indeed Eric, the 2nd Artillery; I was incorrectly thinking infantry only. There was also a 2nd Artillery group that fought as infantry under LtCol Winfield Scott, in addition to those manning six pounders under Lt. Towson. Both of these officers were in significant leadership roles throughout the war culminating at the battles of Chippewa and Lundy's Lane.
Lastly, there was a light artillery acting as an infantry unit commanded by Lt. Branch.

Brechtel19809 Jun 2021 7:17 a.m. PST

The US artillery arm probably fielded the best troops when employed either as infantry or artillery. The US rifle troops were also excellent.

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