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BOOK - An Annotated Roll of Butler's Rangers 1777- 1784 With Documentary Sources
Compiled and Arranged by
Lieutenant Colonel William A. Smy, OMM, CD, UE
The Corps of Rangers commanded by Lieutenant Colonel John Butler was raised in 1777 and served until the general reduction of the British Army in North America in 1784.
The Rangers were headquartered at Fort Niagara, first living in garrison, and then in barracks on the west side of the Niagara River.
While the Corps fought as a major unit at Wyoming, Cherry Valley, Chemung, on Sir John Johnson's and Major John Ross's raids, most of the expeditions were mounted by company or company plus sized units. A key factor in the successes of the Rangers was the close co-operation of the various Indian nations with which it served. The Corps fought in what is now New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky and Michigan. It has been described by military historians as the most active and successful Provincial Corps in the Northern Command during the Revolution.
Table of Contents
About the author:
- Historical Overview 3
- Recruiting and Administering the Corps 7
- Reported Strengths of the Rangers 35
- Company Muster Dates 36
- Notes on the Roll 37
- The Roll 40
- Men Who Are Questionable Rangers 245
- 1. Colonel John Butler 248
- 2. Lieutenant Alexander McDonell, Butler's Ranger 248
- 3. Captain, Butler's Rangers 249
- 4. Private, Butler's Rangers 249
- 5. Butler's Rangers Colour Party 250
- 6. Butler's Rangers Cartridge Pouch 250
- 7. Young Loyalist 251
- 8. Fort Johnson 252
- 9. Johnstown Colonial Courthouse 253
- 10. Battle of Oriskany 253
- 11. Batteau 254
- Sources 255
- Other Surnames Mentioned 270
- Surname Concordance 274
Lieutenant Colonel William A. Smy spent most of his adult life accumulating data on Butler's Rangers. He is recognized world-wide as the foremost authority on the subject.He has lectured and authored many articles on Colonel John Butler, the Butler Family and the Butler's Rangers.
Lieutenant Colonel Smy generously donated this manuscript to The Friends of the Loyalist Collection at Brock University. Proceeds from the sale of the publication will be used to purchase microfilms of original United Empire Loyalist Documents.
237 pp, 8.5 X 11"; perfectbound; organized alphabetically by surname; pub 2004; ISBN 0-9735386-0-0
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