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United States Continental Line Units


The Continental Army was the national army of first of the Thirteen Colonies, and then the independent United States, during the American Revolutionary War, established by a resolution of the Congress on June 14, 1775, three days before the Battle of Bunker Hill, where it saw its first action under that title.

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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Spanish Louisiana Regiment (Gulf Coast Region/Missouri/Virginia)
The Spanish Louisiana Infantry Regiment is a living history group composed of volunteers. We are dedicated to educating the public of the life and times of Hispanic soldiers, militia and their families in 18th century North America and their contributions to the American Revolution. Activities include research, demonstrations, and reenactments at living history events.
We are a group of amateur historians who devote a good deal of our time to historic research on Colonial America, particularly the period of the American Revolution. We portray an actual Maryland regiment - one that British historians describe as the best in the Continental Line! Our members are willing to devote a great deal of time and attention to their hobby as we reenact the camp life, tactics, drill, and combat of the third quarter of the 18th century. We normally do this on weekends - Friday night through Sunday afternoon. We live as soldiers and campfollowers did in the 18th Century, participating in events up and down the East Coast.

We are a Carolinas-based unit that portrays the 1st Maryland during the Southern Campaign.      

The 1st Maryland/Southern Campaign is part of a non-profit, educational, historical organization dedicated to preserving and honoring the memory of the soldiers of the Revolutionary War era. Our goal is to portray the Maryland Continental soldier as accurately as possible, through battle reenactments, living history programs, parades, local festivals, school lectures and memorial services. Many of our rules/regulations may seem petty and insignificant but since our goal is to be as accurately as possible, we have to be that way. The more authentic we are, the better we can increase the public's awareness and understanding as to how and why they fought. To do any less would be doing our ancestors and ourselves a disservice.
We reenact a dragoon regiment (mounted and dismounted) of Gen. George Washington's Continental Army during the American War for Independence. We are primarily based in the Northeastern United States  On this website, you will find information on the history of the original 2d Dragoons and their commander, Maj. Benjamin Tallmadge, our recreated unit, photos, and related Revolutionary War links.

To anyone who may be interested in joining,  thank you for your interest in our hobby and particularly our regiment.  All of us in this group have a deep feeling for the preservation of the history of the Revolutionary War era.  This feeling causes many of us to be devoted to researching our past in order to bring what we learn to the present.  This is what we refer to as 'Living History'. As a volunteer organization, we spend some of our time on public displays and some on private events.  Public displays range from parades and ceremonies to demonstrations and re-enactments.  Private events include War Games, Authenticity Weekends and functions in original 18th century homes and sites where the public is not around.  We have also been involved in many film projects for public television and movies.  Most members of our regiment do as much or as little as they wish in terms of time commitments and resources.   Anyone reading this information who may be interested in joining this organization should keep in mind that you will get just as much out of this regiment as you put into it, if not more.  Our members come from all walks of life, all backgrounds and all different interests.  Some members are devoted to authentic portrayals, some to shooting and others to historical documentation.  What ever your interest may be, I assure you, this group will provide many years of good clean enjoyment.

   Anyone may become a member, since we portray a specific regiment of the Revolutionary War, we practice strict authenticity. This means that roles must be portrayed properly, we do not accept females as men-at-arms. All that is required is an interest in an authentic portrayal of the time period. Whether you find enjoyment from a late night camp fire on an actual 18th Century battlefield, the thunderous roar of musket and cannon volleys or the stirring site of charging horses with flags flying and swords swinging, it will all add up to an exhilarating experience.
(BAR) (CTL)--Col. Bailey's 2nd Massachusetts Regiment, Learned's Brigade, is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to interpret the lives of the soldiers and women of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War.

Through careful research, the uniforms, encampment, and activities of the Regiment are recreated to provide an authentic environment for living history. The present-day Regiment has participated in hundreds of battle reenactments, encampments, lectures, and parades. These activities have taken us from Georgia to Maine, into Canada, to Colonial Williamsburg, and, as guests of the British Government, to England.

Our strength is our membership. The interests and abilities of the men, women, and children of our organization are as varied as the individuals themselves. An atmosphere of camaraderie and our emphasis on family orientation has enabled us to continue to flourish for over 25 years.
Captain Tew's Company has been reformed to commemorate the role played by Rhode Island soldiers in the American Revolution. The recreated company is composed of men and women who portray the Revolutionary War soldier and his military camp as "living history". A volunteer organization, the members of the company come from many backgrounds but all share a deep, common respect for the American War for Independence. Tew's Company is a member of the Continental Line.

Each member of Tew's Company is personally responsible for uniforming and equipping himself in order to duplicate the attire of the company. The unit strives to portray the Company during the campaign season of 1778.

Tew's Company strives to provides an insight into the daily routine of the Revolutionary War soldier and his camp followers. Marching drills and the manual of arms are executed in accordance with Von Stuben's regulations. As a flank company Tew's also incorporates open order drill as did all of the Rhode Island Continentals. Meals are prepared over cooking fires using reproductions of the pots and kettles of the eighteenth century. To these mainstays of reenacting we strive to add other aspects of camp life including the artificer core.
Andrew Porter's Company of the 4th Battalion of Continental Artilllery was originally recruited in Pennsylvania and became part of George Washington's Continental Line in 1779.

Andrew Porter's Company is alive and well today due to its "modern day" counterpart...the 4th Battalion of Artillery in Corunna, Michigan. Each soldier carries a replica of the Brown Bess musket used during the revolution. He also carries the cartridge case, bayonet, canteen, knapsack, and haversack that was commonly used. The uniforms are faithfully reproduced using the same materials like those of the 18th century. Blue wool coats are faced and lined with scarlet trim and include 42 brass buttons. The small clothes which include the waistcoat and breeches are made of coarse linen and the shirt is of muslin.

The 4th Battalion of Artillery is a non-profit historical society and is incorporated in the State of Michigan. The society continues its original purpose: "to promote, stimulate and cultivate interest in all matters pertaining to the American Revolution, and is dedicated to recreation of the sights and sounds of the Revolutionary War period".
The Fifth Connecticut Regiment is made up of people who are interested in the history of this country and teaching others through living history. It was formed as a family group, encouraging women and children to participate as well. This gives us the ability to teach about other aspects of colonial life beyond the military. A good number of our members have been a part of this regiment for many years, some members have been active with us since 1974, when citizens first gathered to re-form the Fifth Connecticut Regiment.

The wants and desires of the membership are what drives Board decisions. Meetings are open to the entire membership. Members are encouraged to participate and make suggestions. This is a group that encompasses all members, not just the elected board. We also encourage people to become a part of the administrative board through elections. Anyone can aspire to be commander/president of our group! These opportunities extend to the field positions of NCO and Officers. Members donate their time and attendance to the hobby in varying degrees.
Our members have a variety of reasons for joining the hobby. Some of our members are already immersed in knowledge of the period and want to share this with others in a unique and meaningful way. Other people have a great interest in history and a desire to learn more. Others enjoy teaching the public in a way that goes beyond the pages of history books. Still others join because its a family organization and they can all participate together. One newer member said, "This hobby is what I've been looking for as a parent. It brings my teenage son and I together on a weekend. Most weekends my family is going in all different directions and this gives us the chance to spend time together."
The recreated Fifth Virginia Regiment is based out of Cleveland, Ohio, but has members all over Northeast Ohio, and is part of The Brigade of the American Revolution. The Fifth was accepted into the B.A.R. on September 8, 1974, as a probationary unit and on December 6, 1975, it was voted full status into the B.A.R.. The unit has taken part in reenactments all over the Eastern half of the United States, and Canada.
(BMVA, CCMA)--Who are we? We are a group of people that love history and come together to try and portray our forefathers and mothers to the best of our ability. We strive to be as accurate as possible with our portrayal. We have done extensive research to recreate the 18th century Military History, practices, culture, dress and articles that were used in the American Revolution. Our goal is to educate the Public through lectures, displays, and participation in Patriotic Ceremonies as well as School demonstrations. We take great pride in our interpretation and hard work in bringing the American Revolution alive. When you come and visit us, you will be impressed at our ability and passion of this period in our nations history.
(CTL) -- The North Carolina Historical Reenactment Society, founded in 1960, portrays the 6th North Carolina Continental Line Regiment during the Revolutionary War, as well as local militias from the French and Indian War through the late Revolutionary War. We visit historic sites throughout the Carolinas, Virginia, and beyond, where we reenact battles and demonstrate eighteenth century skills and camp life. We have fun together; our members would not devote so many financial and temporal resources to the hobby if we did not love living history.  We take historical reenacting very seriously and pride ourselves on the high quality of our interpretations of eighteenth century life.  As reenactors, we share our historical knowledge with the public through these interpretations. In this manner, we can vividly explain the past, the everyday men and women who demanded freedom from colonial rule, and the social customs that defined their daily lives.
The 11th Pennsylvania Regiment is a Philadelphia based reenactment unit dedicated to the preservation of history and the accurate interpretation of the military and civilian roles of men, women and children in 18th Century America for the education of the general public. We welcome all individuals who share a serious interest in 18th Century folk life.
(CTL)--The recreated Smith's Company was formed in 2001 as an alternate impression for the Maryland Loyalists Inc. It was our desire to have a Continental impression that reflected part of Maryland's history and gave us the flexibility to attend events where Redcoats might not be welcome. We are Applicant members of the Continental Line. Because this is an alternate impression, we will be most likely doing a limited number of select events each year.

As a rifle company, we will field in a variety of civilian clothes particular to the 1770's in Maryland. Rifle, smoothbore or musket are acceptable firearms. Each member is responsible for providing their own equipment including but not limited to clothing, firearm, tent and camp goods.

Membership is open to anyone, as it is in the Maryland Loyalists. Although we would prefer that you join both the Maryland Loyalists and Smith's, if you are only interested in the Smith's Company impression, you are welcome to join Smith's exclusively. Dues are the same regardless.
Formed in 2000 to take part in the John Paul Jones Festival at Filey, the Continental Marines Re-enactment group provide a much needed adversary to the British and Loyalist Forces in Britain. Thanks to the Mel Gibson film 'The Patriot' interest is growing in the period and we aim to be the best American unit in the UK. And we have the added advantage of portraying the only regiment to have actually landed in Britain during the Revolution!

We have recreated the Marines as they appeared during the American War of Independence, based on descriptions from contemporary accounts and sources. We are currently recruiting throughout Britain and if you are interested in fighting for Liberty and the American cause please email the commanding officer for more details.
(BAR) (CTL)--Pulaski's Legion is dedicated to the perpetuation of the memory of Brigadier General Count Casimir Pulaski and the Independent Legion he founded and commanded during the American War of Independence.

The recreated Pulaski's Legion is generally located in the NYC metropolitan area and Lancaster PA. In keeping with the spirit of the original Legion, the unit, while commanded by a Polish American, is comprised of loyal American men descended from various nationalities. The unit generally attends re-enactments and other events from New England to Maryland. All energetic persons of good character are encouraged to apply for membership to the Adjutant at the address below.
Savages Detachment is headquartered in Rome, NY with members all over the Central New York area. Our primary purpose is the education of the public about the lives and sacrifices made by the soldiers, women and children in the American Revolution. We do this by recreating, on a very small scale, a unit that actually existed during the war. We chose Savage's Detachment for two reasons, first it as an artillery unit- and second the original Savages Detachment served in our back yard, being garrisoned at Fort Stanwix (Schuyler), located in Rome, NY for nearly two years.

As a unit we strive to accurately portray what an artillery detachment would look like both in garrison and in the field. To accomplish this hundreds of hours of research and years of experience have been put forth by all members to determine what uniform(s) were worn by the men, what types of clothing the civilians would be wearing, what military equipment the soldiers would have been issued, the proper drills, and procedures used by the army at the time and the correct types of food that the soldiers were fed.
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