America raised three distinct forces to win its revolution: untrained, short-service militiamen; state troops; and the regular Continentals. The latter was the backbone of the army, providing a disciplined and effective fighting force. This title takes a close look at the Continental infantryman, providing a detailed profile of those who manned the ranks, and examines recruitment, training, service conditions and combat experiences of these key soldiers. Many armies have saved their nation: the Continentals helped create theirs.
John Milsop works for the General Assembly of the State of New Jersey as Director, Program Evaluation. His primary areas of historic interest are the American War of Independence and the War of 1812. He has written articles for numerous magazines, including Military History Quarterly and Military Illustrated. This is his first book for Osprey.
Introduction - Chronology - Enlistment - Training - Appearance and equipment - Everyday life - Experience of battle - Colour plate commentary - Museums - Collecting - Re-enactment - Index