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Greetings to all those who are in search
of Americans who remained Loyal
to the British Crown during the
War for Independence

Delancey's First Battalion, 1777-78

Delancey's 1st Battalion, 1777-78 by Don Trioani

This is the winter uniform which consisted of brown woollen overalls and leather cap. In the summer it would be a felt hat and white linen overalls or breeches. In 1778 the coats changed to red faced green from the previous green faced white. Many thanks to Don for permission to use this image.


Coming Events: School of the Loyalist, Aug. 28-30, 2015

The 1752 House of Loyalist Captain John Zabriskie, Historic New Bridge Landing

Please join us for a unique weekend of Loyalist themed classes, displays and history. Loyalist living history groups from across the United States and Canada will take part in bringing the life and times of the common soldier and refugee to life.

On August 28, 29 & 30, 2015 the Bergen County Historical Society and the recreated 4th Battalion, New Jersey Volunteers will host a weekend of lectures, interpretation, workshops and living history like no other. The American Revolution can rightly be described as America's first Civil War. The fledgling country was far from unanimous in its drive for independence, with hundreds of thousands of Americans wishing to maintain their allegiance to the British Crown. Bergen County boasted more Loyalists than any other in New Jersey, leading the state's governor, William Livingston to declare in 1777 that it was "almost totally disaffected!" That is reflected here at the headquarters of the Bergen County Historical Society, Historic New Bridge Landing, the home of Loyalists John Zabriskie and Abraham Van Buskirk.

From out of town? There is no better place to start discovering New Jersey's Revolutionary War heritage than here at Historic New Bridge Landing, site of no less than ten battles, skirmishes and encampments, headquarters to both George Washington and British Commander-in-Chief Sir Henry Clinton. Click here for all the details.


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Welcome to The On-Line Institute for Advanced Loyalist Studies!

Within you will find a combination of information we believe to be unique among sites dealing with the Loyalists of the American Revolution.

It is our goal to provide reliable, high quality material on the Loyalists in the fields of:

  • Military Research
  • Genealogy
  • Living History
  • While the material contained herein is for use by anyone interested in this aspect of the American Revolution, it is primarily intended for those with a working background in Loyalist studies.

    It is probably best at this point to state what we consider a Loyalist to be or what falls within the realm of Loyalist studies, as our definition differs greatly from others with which you may be familiar.

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    What is a Loyalist?

    For our purposes, we define a Loyalist as any inhabitant of North America, from Newfoundland to Nicaragua inclusive, plus the islands of the West Indies, Bermuda and Jamaica, who served in a military capacity for the British, or provided services of a military nature or other beneficial services to the Crown.

    This definition includes those who fought in the war and remained in America afterward, those who deserted, those who settled outside of America afterward, and those who were discharged or died during the war.

    There were, of course, Loyalist Civilians, in numbers probably greater than the military, but the material contained within is geared predominately towards the military.

    We cover some items that are tangents of the military, such as the theater, church records, and women's studies. A special section is devoted to the role of Black Loyalists. While we have not specifically covered Native Americans as a group, we do have material concerning the Indian Department, which was, generally speaking, those Americans and Europeans who led and served alongside them. We also delve into the British Regiments insofar as they relate to Loyalists.

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    What will I find here?

    The material we have chosen to include here represents a sampling of manuscripts relating to the Loyalist military, including muster rolls, orderly books, regimental documents, courts martial and memorials.

    You will find genealogical information including links, sources of information, land petitions and post war settlement documents.

    And last but not least, you will find information on how the Loyalists are portrayed today throughout the US and Canada in Living History organizations, including photo galleries, schedules of events, and information on how to join a group in your area.

    The manuscript material, in particular, is not intended to give you everything you need to know about a given regiment; but rather, through select documents, to illustrate the types of material available while providing a glimpse into the regiment's participation in the war through original writings and official documents.

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    So, by all means, come on in and have a look around! Try out our Search feature to find those long lost ancestors or post a "hello" in our Guestbook.

    We hope that you enjoy your time here and that you will pass the word along to others who have an interest in the Loyalists of the American Revolution.

    Thank you for visiting!

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