Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Green Mountain Rangers

As you know, it all began with the Green Mountain Boys, who lived in today's Vermont. They got their name from the mountain range of the Verts Monts which are part of the Appalachian Mountains. The range extends about 400 km in north-southerly direction. In the 18th century there was a conflict about land properties between New York and New Hanpshire about land beyond the mountains. And settlers who had been granted land properties by the latter, refused to accept the authority of New York, and defended their homesteads violently. They formed an unauthorised militia - today you might even call them a band of terrorists.
The Green Mountain Boys immediately joined the revolution, under the command of Ethan Allen. They later formed the basis of the Vermont militia that selected Seth Warner as its leader.
When a new regiment of 500 men was authorised by Continental Congress in 1776, Seth Warner was made colonel. They were called the Green Mountain Rangers, also known as Warner's Extra-Continental Regiment..
Their uniform consisted of black  cocked felt hats, green coats faced red, buckskin breeches and waistcoats, coarse woollen stockings, heavy low shoes, checked or white shirts. In the field they mostly wore hunting shirts over their coats, or instead of them. Their arms were English or French muskets, some had American rifles.
Officers wore a golden epaulet on the right shoulder, a crimson sash, sabre and boots. They carried light fusils or muskets when in the field.

The Green Mountain Rangers

When I thought of forming this regiment, I chose various Perry, Foundry and Front Rank figures mixed together, in order to create the impression of this unruly bunch of fellows. There are uniformed men, others in rifle frocks, rather civilian looking coats, and even in shirt sleeves. Most are wearing cocked hats, but also slouched hats, and even strawhats and worsted caps can be seen.
 Colonel Seth Warner on horseback is seen wearing a green hunting shirt.
Seth Warner
Two surplus ensigns have been transformed to officers wielding a pistol and holding a musket. (As American regiments didn't carry a national flag, but most packs contain two ensigns, they were somehow useless, but found their destination now.)
There was no problem with the colours as they are well known: Green field, with blue canton with 13 white stars:

The Colours and Musicians Group

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