|Call Number:||MIC-Loyalist FC LMR .G7W3M8K5|
|Name:||Great Britain. War Office.|
|Title:||Muster Books and Pay Lists (WO 12/10821) : Kings American Regiment : 1782 - 1783.|
|Description:||1 microfilm reel of textual records ; 35 mm.|
The Kings American Regiment was raised on 12 December 1776 at Flat Bush, New York, by Colonel Edmund Fanning. A significantpercentage of its strength came from the Hudson River Valley, Connecticut, around New York, and later Rhode Island. During 1777, the Regiment was stationed at Kingsbridge and took part in General Clinton's move up the Hudson to relieve pressure on General Burgoyne, including the storming of Forts Clinton and Montgomery on 6 October 1777. In July 1778, the Regiment was sent to reinforce the British forces on Rhode Island, and when the rebel attack was repulsed, the unit became part of the Rhode Island garrison. In the summer of 1779, General Clinton directed General Tryon to raid the coastal towns of Connecticut. The Regiment embarked from Rhode Island and raided New Haven, Fairfield, and Norwalk, after which they were sent to repair and garrison Stoney Point on the Hudson River. On 22 November 1780, the Regiment embarked for Charleston, South Carolina, as part of the British forces sent to the Southern Campaign. Upon arriving, they were ordered to garrison Georgetown, fifty miles up the coast from Charleston. Later, they were sent to Camden, South Carolina, where they continued fighting a partisan war. The Regiment was present at the Battle of Kings Mountain on 7 October 1780 and later at Hobkirk's Hill on 25 April 1781. The winter of 1781/1782 was spent at Savannah, Georgia. When the British evacuated Savannah in May 1782, the Regiment returned to Charleston where it remained until the City was evacuated on 14 December 1782 and the army returned to New York. The Regiment was taken on the American Establishment on 7 March 1781 as the 4th American Regiment, and on 25 December 1782 it was taken on the British Establishment. In October 1783, the Kings American Regiment was disbanded in Saint John, New Brunswick, which at that time was part of Nova Scotia.
Twenty muster rolls of the Kings American Regiment have been microfilmed on this reel. The dates of the musters vary, but they are for 182 days from 25 December 1782 - 24 June 1783, or for 70 days from 25 June 1783 - 2 September 1783. Each muster roll contains the names of the commissioned and non-commissioned officers and private men. Casuals are recorded in several lists. The comments concerning individuals, which are typical of muster rolls, include such information as: on duty, on furlough, deserted, sick in camp, dead, on command, absent with leave, died at sea, on guard, and discharged.
Camp on Long Island is the location given on all the muster rolls.
|Originals:||The original records are held by the Public Record Office in London.|
|PRO WO 12/10821|
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