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Posted: 9/18/2002 4:08:22 AM EDT
This Regiment, called Butler's Rangers is part of the Linage of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment Quebec 15 September 1777 GUY CARLETON, Knight of the Bath, Captain General and Governor in Chief of the Province of Quebec and Territories depending thereon, &c, &c, &c, General and Commander in Chief of His Majesty's Forces in said Province and the Frontiers thereof, &c, &c, &c To JOHN BUTLER, Esqr, appointed Major Commandant of a Corps of Rangers to serve with the Indians. By Virtue of the power and authority in me vested by the King, I do hereby authorize and empower you, or such officers as you shall direct, by Beat of Drum or otherwise, forthwith to raise on the frontiers of the Province, so many able bodied men of His Majesty's loyal subjects as will form one company of Rangers, to serve with the Indians as occasion shall require. Which company shall consist of a Captain, a First Lieutenant, a Second Lieutenant, three Sergeants, three Corporals and fifty Private Men; and when you shall have completed one company as aforesaid, you are further empowered to raise and form another, in like manner and of like numbers as the first and so on, until you shall have competed a number of companies of Rangers not exceeding in the whole eight companies; observing that the first be completed, armed and fit for service and have passed muster before such person as shall be appointed for that purpose by some one of the Commanding Officers of His Majesty's Troops nearest to where the said companies so raised shall be at the time, before another is begun to be raised. And of which eight companies or such part thereof, as you shall be able to raise, you shall be Major Commandant. Two of the companies aforesaid (to be composed of people speaking the Indian language and acquainted with their customs and manner of making war), for their encouragement shall be paid at the rate of four shillings New York Currency by the day, non-commissioned officers in proportion, from the day of their enlisting, and the other said companies (to be composed of people well acquainted with the woods) in consideration of the fatigues they are liable to undergo, shall be paid at the rate of two shillings New York Currency by the day, non-commissioned officers in proportion; the whole to clothe and arm themselves at their own expense. You and the officers so raised to be paid as is customary to other officers of the like rank in His Majesty's service, and you are carefully to obey and follow such orders and directions as you shall receive from me or the Commander in Chief for the time being or any other, your superior officer, according to the rules and discipline of War, in pursuance of the trust hereby reposed in you. Given under my hand and Seal at Arms at Quebec, this fifteenth day of September, one thousand seven hundred and seventy seven and in the seventeenth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord, GEORGE the THIRD, by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland, KING, Defender of the Faith.
Link Posted: 9/24/2002 11:23:53 AM EDT
[b]"the whole to clothe and arm themselves at their own expense."[/b] Can you imagine that today? "Lessee, that's one M4A3 with optional mounts, 12 magazines, 12,000 rounds of 5.56, one set of ITT NVG's, one AN/PVS4, one Trijicon ACOG, one infrared laser sight/designator, one GPS unit, goggles, ballistic helmet, NBC gear, six sets of BDU's, three pairs of boot's, two infrared locator beacons, grenades, gloves, rope, rappeling equipment....HEY! YOU! Don't touch that MC-47 until I see some cash!"
Link Posted: 9/24/2002 1:31:17 PM EDT
Dont worry, they had everything they needed issued to them, then had money taken out of their pay each month to offset the cost.
Link Posted: 9/24/2002 3:35:46 PM EDT
Brothers??? These guys were our enemy, were they not? http://www.iaw.on.ca/~awoolley/brang/brhist.html
Link Posted: 9/24/2002 5:41:55 PM EDT
Originally Posted By USNvet: Brothers??? These guys were our enemy, were they not? http://www.iaw.on.ca/~awoolley/brang/brhist.html
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UH well if you want to get technical, all of Canada was the enemy of the Radical non tax paying militias that took over. Butler's Rangers were mostly "American" born, but people who chose to support the rightful govt of the time. What everyone seems to forget is that all the taxes that were being levied against the Colonies were to pay for the war that was started when some guy from Virginia named Washington assisinated a French Diplomat.(And even if he didnt, he admited to the deed in the surrender documents at Ft Necessity) But back to the Rangers, ect Ontario was settled by all of these men, many thrown out of the Mohawk Valley in NY who tried to remake their lives after the war. Its really scary to see peoples houses in the Valley, and the many times exact copies that were built in Ontario aftr the war.
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