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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP26 Jul 2022 8:04 p.m. PST

…Infantry Units

"Morgan's Sharpshooters, also called Morgan's Riflemen and Morgan's Rifles, were elite light infantry units commanded by Daniel Morgan during the American Revolutionary War. These riflemen were equipped with cutting-edge long rifles (known as Pennsylvania or Kentucky rifles) instead of typical smoothbore muskets, and that allowed them to double their effective range. Some historians credit them with turning the tide of the war.

Morgan was born in July 1736 and started out in 1775 as the captain of a small rifle unit comprising 80 men and 16 officers that was established by the State of Virginia. It was one of 10 such units commissioned by Congress. Captain Morgan and his men marched some 600 miles to Boston, where they gave what sounds like a thrilling shooting exhibition. Accounts of the event describe it as follows: "A man held between his knees a board five inches wide and …"


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Craig Jon26 Jul 2022 8:04 p.m. PST

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BillyNM26 Jul 2022 8:54 p.m. PST

Undoubtedly effective when used appropriately, but crediting them with turning the tide of the war is just hyperbole.

Puster Sponsoring Member of TMP27 Jul 2022 12:00 a.m. PST

Some historians credit them with turning the tide of the war.

A quote with a serious historian would certainly give this claim a bit credibility.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP27 Jul 2022 9:08 a.m. PST

Oooh, a Bug thread gives us Samurai with rifles…

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP27 Jul 2022 2:32 p.m. PST



carnot27 Jul 2022 7:10 p.m. PST

It didn't take very long for the British to figure out how to neutralize the American riflemen…close as quickly as possible with bayonets…the slower loading speed, coupled with no bayonets rendered the riflemen very vulnerable unless supported by troops with muskets and bayonets.

Brian of the Ville Supporting Member of TMP28 Jul 2022 12:28 p.m. PST

At Saratoga, Morgan's Riflemen were group with Dearborn's Light Infantry. Rifles fired and fall back as the lights came rushing forward to met any British bayonet charge. Rifles were best used in cover and at a distance. p.s. they were fragile and expensive too.

Bill N28 Jul 2022 1:18 p.m. PST

British tactics did evolve due to the presence of American riflemen carnot, but American tactics evolved due to the British changes. The near disappearance of riflemen from Washington's main army after 1778 was due to other factors in addition to British tactical innovations. Elsewhere riflemen played a significant role in the southern campaign.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP28 Jul 2022 2:45 p.m. PST

Thanks also…


Puster Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Jul 2022 2:49 a.m. PST

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