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The links on this page are arranged in alphabetical order by regiment name/number. Click below to skip directly to:

Royal Artillery                                         60th Regiment of Foot
9th Regiment of Foot                            63rd Regiment of Foot
38th Regiment of Foot                          71st Regiment of Foot
42nd Regiment of Foot                         79th Regiment of Foot
43rd Regiment of Foot

Regular Army/Royal Navy

The British Army & Royal Navy both included Loyalists among their ranks, in addition to serving alongside Loyalist units on an almost daily basis.

Loyalists held important positions within the army, such as Lieutenant Colonel Oliver DeLancey, Jr. serving in the Adjutant Generalís Department and Brigadier General Stephen Kemble serving in Jamaica and Central America. Even the famous Walter Butler of Butlerís Rangers started as an ensign in the 8th (Kingís) Regiment of Foot.

One unit, the 60th (or Royal American) Regiment of Foot, had been raised in America during the French and Indian War, but by the time of the American Revolution was mostly a European outfit.

The Royal Artillery, chronically short of men throughout the war, actively recruited Loyalists, including men already serving in the Provincial Corps. At least two British regiments serving in Jamaica, the 79th and 88th, actively recruited in New York City.

The Royal Navy sought volunteers in every port they sailed into, not to mention impressing hundreds of civilians, merchant sailors, privateersmen and even some Provincial soldiers.

We have selected a few documents below that show examples of the American connection to the British military during the American Revolution.

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Royal Artillery

Bullet  Recruting Notice, 1777

Bullet  Traille to André, 1780

Bullet  Return of Killed and Wounded, Siege of Charlestown, 1780

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9th Regiment of Foot

Bullet  Petition of Ensign James Wormeley, n.d.

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38th Regiment of Foot

Bullet  Forrest to Crosbie requesting appointment to Fanning's Corps, 1780

Bullet  Summary of Service

Bullet  Discharge Paper of Alexander Forbes, 1783

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42nd Regiment of Foot

Bullet  Memorial of John Young, 1780

Bullet  Return of Killed and Wounded, Siege of Charlestown, 1780

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43rd Regiment of Foot

Bullet  Memorial of John Montagu Clarke, 1780

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60th (Royal American) Regiment of Foot

Bullet  Kemble to Ross & Gray, 1780

Bullet  Dalling to Clinton, 1780

Bullet  Dalling to Amherst, recommending McLean, 1780

Bullet  DeLancey to Baine, orders regarding recruitment, 1781

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63rd Regiment of Foot

Bullet  Wemyss to André, 1780

Bullet  Return of Killed and Wounded, Siege of Charlestown, 1780

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71st Regiment of Foot

Bullet  Witness for Samuel Perrin, 1776

Bullet  Witness for Thomas Post, 1777

Bullet  Return of Killed and Wounded, Siege of Charlestown, 1780

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79th Regiment of Foot

Bullet  Russell to Tarleton, Orders to Join Regiment, 1780

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