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The Queen's American Rangers (Hardback)

The Most Celebrated Loyalist Regiment of the American Revolution

All Westholme American History

By Donald Gara
Imprint: Westholme
Pages: 405
ISBN: 9781594162251
Published: 22nd August 2016

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At the start of the American Revolution in 1775, Robert Rogers of French and Indian War fame quickly organized a regiment to fight the war—but not on the side of his native Massachusetts. Named in honor of Queen Charlotte, Roger's regiment recruited Loyalists from New York, western Connecticut, and parts of Virginia. Rogers's command of the unit was short-lived however, and after a humiliating
defeat in 1776, and under new leadership, the unit played a decisive role at the battle of Brandywine that brought them their first favorable attention from the British high command. With this performance, and under the able leadership of John Simcoe, the Queen's American Rangers— sometimes known as “Simcoe's Rangers”—were frequently assigned to serve alongside British regular troops in many battles, including Monmouth, Springfield, Charleston, and Yorktown.Receiving frequent high praise from Lieutenant General Sir Henry Clinton, the Commander in Chief of the British Army in America, the unit was placed on the American Establishment of the British Army in May 1779, a status conferred on provincial units that had performed valuable services during the war, and was renamed the 1st
American Regiment. Before the end of the war, the rangers were fully incorporated into the regular British Army, one of only two Loyalist units to be so honored.

The Queen's American Rangers by historian Donald J. Gara is the first book-length account of this storied unit. Based on extensive primary source research, the book traces the complete movements, command changes, and battle performances of the rangers, from their first muster to their formal incorporation into the British Army and ultimate emigration to Canada on land grants conferred by a grateful British crown.

First book-length account of the Rangers. Based on extensive primary source research, the book traces the complete movements, command changes, and battle performances of the rangers, from their first muster to their formal incorporation into the British Army and ultimate emigration to Canada on land grants conferred by a grateful British crown.

This book brings balance by documenting the contribution of a Loyalist unit in the War of Independence rather than simply concentrating on Patriot Americans.

Classic Arms and Militaria, February/March 2017 – reviewed by Bill Harriman

The Queen's American Rangers, returning to a regiment emblematic of the American Revolution.
Led by the Loyalists, paid into the Little war, these faithful to the British Crown will give thread to the troops of Washington. The book offers both a historical unity and a vision of the conflict the small end of the lorgnette. In fact, it is a good source of inspiration to reconstitute on a gaming table skirmishes between rebels and tunics red, or rather green, as it was
the background color of the uniform of these
Rangers broken with the clashes.

VaeVictis, January - February 2017

Donald J Gara's account of a unit of foot soldiers formed to aid the British Army in various battles during the War of Independence is stirring and amazing at the same time. Surely crying out for a documentary of some sort.

Books Monthly, December 2017 – reviewed by Paul Norman

... Gara has compiled a substantial amount of detailed information into a readable and informative narrative. His inclusion of several anecdotes, including an incident prior to the Battle of Monmouth Court House when Simcoe convinced unsuspecting local rebel inhabitants that he was “Captain” Light Horse Harry Lee, add to the book’s appeal. The Queen’s American Rangers is a comprehensive synthesis of multiple primary sources, a work suited for the serious student of Revolutionary War history and military tactics.

On Point: The Journal of Army History – James P. Bongarra, Jr

About Donald Gara

DONALD J. GARA is a historian of the American Revolution with special emphasis on the military contributions of the Loyalists. His articles have appeared in the Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research and he is a contributor to Cavalry of the American Revolution, also available from Westholme Publishing.

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