These Distinguished Corps

British Grenadier and Light Infantry Battalions in the American Revolution

Don N. Hagist

During the American Revolution, British grenadier and light infantry battalions figured prominently in almost every battle and campaign - but these temporary organizations were created after the war began and disbanded when it ended.
Date Published :
December 2021
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
From Reason to Revolution
Illustration :
20 b/w ills & maps
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781914059841
Pages : 208
Dimensions : 9.75 X 6.75 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order
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$39.95

Overview
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During the American Revolution, British light infantry and grenadier battalions figured prominently in almost every battle and campaign. They are routinely mentioned in campaign studies, usually with no context to explain what these battalions were. In an army that employed regiments as the primary deployable assets, the most active battlefield elements were temporary battalions created after the war began and disbanded when it ended.

The Distinguished Corps: British Grenadier and Light Infantry Battalions in the American Revolution is the first operational study of these battalions during the entire war, looking at their creation, evolution and employment from the first day of hostilities through their disbandment at the end of the conflict. It examines how and why these battalions were created, how they were maintained at optimal strength over eight years of war, how they were deployed tactically and managed administratively. Most important, it looks at the individual officers and soldiers who served in them.

Using first-hand accounts and other primary sources, The Distinguished Corps describes life in the grenadiers and light infantry on a personal level, from Canada to the Caribbean and from barracks to battlefield.

About The Author
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Don N. Hagist is managing editor of Journal of the American Revolution (http://allthingsliberty.com), and studies the lives and service of individual British soldiers in the 1770s and 1780s, relying almost exclusively on primary sources. His books include Noble Volunteers: the British Soldiers who Fought the American Revolution (2020) and British Soldiers, American War: Voices of the American Revolution (2012), and he has published numerous journal articles. He is an engineer for a major medical device manufacturer, and lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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