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Although often referred to as "mercenaries," the German troops in the Revolutionary War were instead loaned by their respective princes in exchange mainly for their upkeep.

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Ysenburg Musketeer Regiment von Donop [BAR, BBG]--Infanterie Regiment von Donop (or just 'IR von Donop' for short) is a living history re-enactment group that recreates the life and times of typical Hessian soldiers that served in North America during the American War of Independence (1776-1783). Hessen-Kassel was one of Seven German states that hired out troops to Great Britain in that war. The members IR von Donop are centered roughly around the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area, although members hail from New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and even further. We re-enact several battles of the American War of Independence each year and visit other Revolutionary War events held in the Mid-Atlantic states.

Infanterie Regiment von Donop has participated in the Arts and Entertainment Network's 'Revolution', The Learning Channel's 'The Revolutionary War' and the Public Broadcasting System's series 'Liberty' . In 1995, 1997 and 1999 several members of von Donop traveled to Germany and participated in several historical re-enactment events in Hesse.

Braunschweig Regt. von Riedesel (USA) [NWTA]--We are a group of re-enactors from the American Midwest who recreate the Brunswick Regiment Von Riedesel in order to help research and educate the public about the American Revolution.
  Brunswick Light Infantry Batl. "von Barner" (Canada, Germany) [NBMAMH]--The goal of our organization and web-site is to show the important role the Brunswick soldiers played in North-American history. Please join our organization and our re-enactment unit. We need you! The Duke wants you.

We need a few good men for our Jäger company in Brunswick, Germany, or our companies in Quebec and in Ontario. Please help us portray an important part of Canadian history. Your comments are welcome.

The Commemorative Unit.

This commemorative unit was created in 1985. His Royal Highness, Ernst August, Duke of Cumber-land, Prince of Hanover, Duke of Brunswick and Lüneburg, gave us permission to reform the old Brunswick Light Infantry Battalion "von Barner".

It is a great honour for our group that His Royal Highness is the patron of our regiment and museum. Mister Christoph von Barner is our Honorary Colonel. His ancestor was the commander of the original Battalion.

We are very honoured that Mr. Kraft Riedesel Baron zu Eisenbach took a major interest in our project. He is the honorary Major of our unit. It was General Riedesel who 200 years ago brought the first Christmas tree to Canada. He was also the commander of all German troops who defended Canada.

We are very fortunate that we could interest the following German army units in our project. In Brunswick it is the 24. Tank Battalion, in Hildesheim the 2.Panzergrenadierbrigade and in Hanover the 1.Panzerdivision. This is a great honour for our unit.

It is our goal to show the modern German army that history is still alive and the deeds of the Brunswick troops are not forgotten. Without the support of the Inspectors of the Army it would have been impossible for us to participate at various shows in Germany.

  Das hochfürstlich hessen-kasselische Feld-Jäger-Corps [Deutschland] -- The German word Jäger in English means hunter, in French chasseur. The Jäger Corps of the landgrave of Hesse-Cassel is the link between the professional hunter and the soldier. The Jäger-unit of Hesse-Cassel is most probably the oldest military Jäger unit in the German states of the period. It´s existence is first documented in papers as old as 1631, when Wilhelm V. was Landgrave of Hesse-Cassel. The professional hunters and foresters of the landgrave (hunting was a privilege of the souvereign; there were no private hunters) where well suited to serve as sharpshooters, messengers, scouts and commando soldiers outside the common order of battle.
Feldjäger Corps (USA) [BAR]--The Feldjaeger Corps is an authentic, recreated unit from the American Revolutionary War period, 1776- 1783. It is a participating unit in both the Brigade of the American Revolution and the British Brigade. These organizations are national historic associations dedicated to recreating the life and times of the common soldier of the American War of Independence.

The British employed large numbers of German soldiers ("Hessians") during the American Revolution. The use of foreign troops provided the British with a ready source of well-trained and equipped troops. This relieved the British of the burden of raising an army in England. Foremost in demand were the German Jaegers. They were the European counterpart of the American riflemen. Jaegers were well-trained and disciplined soldiers, excellent marksmen, woodsmen, reliable and very capable of independent action.

The purpose of the Feldjaeger Corps is to present an accurate representation of what the life of the Jaeger was like and to reenact the events of the period. To achieve this aim, members have equipped themselves with accurate copies of the uniform and accoutrements used by the Jaegers. The Feldjaeger -Corps participates in encampments, reenactments, historical demonstrations and any function, which may serve an educational or historical purpose.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in American Revolutionary War history or an interest in reenacting in general. The outfitting of the Man-At-Arms is an expensive undertaking. We encourage members to join and obtain the uniform and equipment as they can afford them.

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The Continental Army was the national army of first the Thirteen Colonies, and then the independent United States, during the American Revolutionary War. The Continental Congress took a number of steps in the spring of 1775 to create the army in response to the Battles of Lexington and Concord in April and the seizure of Fort Ticonderoga in May. The units composing the Continental Army changed frequently, especially in the first two years of the war. From 1777 to the close of the war, the organization of the Continental Army became progressively more systematic and sophisticated. The Continental Army that served at Yorktown in 1781 bore very little resemblance to the Continental Army that blockaded Boston in 1775. The Continental Congress was hostile to maintaining standing armies. Under the Articles of Confederation the Congress did not have the power to raise national troops by means of a draft. Enlistment in the Continental Army was voluntary; and throughout the war there were Americans who elected to fight for King George III rather than for Congress. Further, under the Articles of Confederation, the Continental Congress could not raise its own revenue directly. Because of the resulting shortages in money and manpower, the Continental Army was often expected to work in conjunction with state-controlled militia units. These units were called out as needed for short periods. On several occasions the militia performed well, but Washington frequently noted the inefficiency of the militia in his correspondence.

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24th Connecticut Militia Regiment, 1st Independent Company (BAR) (CTL)--The 24th Connecticut Militia Regiment, Inc. is a recreated organized militia, as well as a non-profit organization composed of men and women who are deeply interested in preserving and recreating the life and times of the common people of the Wyoming Valley, Pennsylvania during the Revolutionary War era. Emphasis has been placed on the soldiers and women that served in the Army from the Wyoming Valley area of Connecticut. The dress or uniform of our unit is primarily militarized civilian clothing with a mixture of issued military items, as most of the soldiers were of the settlements in the Valley.

Culpepper Minute Battalion (NWTA)

Danvers Alarm List (CTL)--Welcome to the Rebecca Nurse Homestead Web Site. This site is designed to give basic information about visiting this 17th century property associated with the Salem Village Witchcraft of 1692, and the era of the American Revolution. Also included is basic, factual information about the infamous witchcraft outbreak of 1692. The Homestead is owned and operated by the Danvers Alarm List Company, Inc., a non-profit, educational, 18th century reenactment group.

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Kellar's Co'y, Illinois Regt., Virginia State Forces (BAR, NWTA)--We are a non-profit Living History unit dedicated to the preservation and study of American History and sharing this knowledge with others. We belong to the Northwest Territory Alliance. The NWTA is a non-profit living history organization formed to promote interest in the American Revolution of 1775-1783 by honoring the courage and devotion of those who served. The NWTA's basic objective is to strive for an accurate representation of the causes, conduct, and results of the war; to reproduce the arms, equipment, and clothing of the period; and to create an educational environment by participation in reenactments and other historical activities.

OUR GOALS:

    • To have fun! Sounds silly, but we want everyone to have a good time and enjoy themselves.
    • To give as accurate a presentation as possible of the Illinois Regiment of Virginia. This is accomplished through utilization of the clothing, accouterments and camp gear of the period and gaining knowledge of the lifestyles and campaigns of the Revolutionary War.

Lexington Minute Men Company--Besides numerous benefit activities, school and educational demonstrations, and our re-enactment, the Lexington Minute Men have marched in the inaugural parades of Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton.

The members of the Lexington Minute Men are required to research and portray one of the original members of the brave unit which faced the King's soldiers. Each has pored over documents, letters, books, and manuscripts, searching for more on the identity of those magnificent heroes. As Lexington Minute Men it is our sacred duty to honor their memory, so future generations will understand that it was more than a mere battle. It was more than just a military confrontation. It was also more than just "the shot heard round the world."

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Moses Wheelock Westborough Company of Militia--We are a group of enthusiasts who are interested in the history of the American Revolution. Our group represents the type of small town militia that would have been around at the beginning of the revolution in 1775. We are not a crack military group, but are a conglomerate of townspeople and farmers of the area.

Generally, we attend events with other groups to re-enact various battle scenes or march in parades. Some of the scenes are representative of actual historical events, such as the battle of Lexington and Concord, while others are more along the line of small demonstrations for the education and entertainment of the public.

We pride ourselves on using proper equipment and weapons for the period portrayed and attempt to be as authentic as possible, (short of having colonial dental work installed in our mouths). This means we do research into the flintlock guns used, the clothing and personal accouterments of the people, and the style of drilling and firing. The members of the group also delve into the political and military events of the revolutionary era. In this way, we keep alive a history of New England, and can pass on an appreciation of the American Revolution to present and future generations. Life was different back then, but in many ways it was also the same.

Rehoboth Minute Coy/Walker's Regt (CTL)--Reorganized and commissioned in 1992 by the town of Rehoboth for our 350th anniversary celebrations, in 1993, the unit provided military support for the "reclamation" or "takeover" ceremonies of the original Rehoboth township which encompassed the following communities: Attleboro, North Attleboro, Seekonk,and Swansea, Mass., Cumberland, Pawtucket, East Providence, Barrington, Warren and Bristol, R.I.. The members of the Company were all town committee members for Rehoboth's Revolutionary War Encampment and Battle held October, 1993.

Since our founding, we have taken part in numerous parades, ceremonies, encampments, and battle re-enactments for various communities. The present recreated group portrays the original 1774 unit in civilian dress, accouterments and firearms. Individuals and families are encouraged to participate with the unit as musket-men, drummers and fifers.

In 1995, the unit was incorporated as a non-profit, educational organization by it's present members, and has joined such organized groups such as the Continental Line. The unit is always looking for new members.

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The American Revolutionary War was not only the founding of the United States, but also the beginning of a new way of thinking. Reenacting the Revolutionary War, or "RevWar" as it is commonly referred to, has been around for a long time, with its heyday back around the Bicentennial. This isn't to say that RevWar has died off, it is still a strong hobby and has many dedicated people involved with it and in fact, is undergoing a resurgence.

Anyway, you will find we have quite a few links to different units and even many historical sites, so please, feel free to surf around and see what is here. When contacting a unit, please tell them you found them here at reenactor.Net ;-) If your unit was listed before and can no longer be found, this is because your website is bad and I could not find a new one for you, please reapply with your new site and I will put you up right away.

 

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