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AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR RESEARCH AND ARTICLE WRITING

Gavin has written hundreds of articles which have appeared in print in magazines and newsletters; however, those that can be found on-line are the most accessible.

On the King’s Royal Yorkers’ website – royalyorkers.ca

 

SAMPLE:

BURGOYNE’S AND ST. LEGER’S 1777 CAMPAIGN
During this campaign, the 1st Battalion fielded seven companies:

Light Infantry 55 Capt Stephen Watts commanding
Major James Gray's 30 Ensign + 15 men with Burgoyne with the Regtl baggage.
Angus McDonell's 26
Patrick Daly's 47
Richard Duncan's 20 formed in Jun77
Alexander McDonell's 32 formed in Jun77
Colonel's 56 Capt-Lt John McDonell Scotus Jr. commanding

Regarding those companies:

Lights

Stephen Watts served as Captain and continued to muster as such even after losing his leg at Oriskany. First Lieut Kenneth McKenzie led the company until Samuel Anderson transferred in, replacing Watts in mid 1778.

The Command Element of the [original] King’s Royal Regiment of New York

A: Clothing Provincials in the Canadian Department (pdf)
B: Small Arms in the Canadian Department (pdf)
C: More Information Regarding the Colours of the KRR NY (pdf)
D: In Pursuit of a British Establishment (pdf)

 

SAMPLE

D – IN PURSUIT OF A BRITISH ESTABLISHMENT
To say that Sir John Johnson was fixated on the question of his regiment being elevated to the British Establishment would be an understatement. In his copious correspondence with higher command in which he pleads and argues
his case, often with deep frustration and at times with anger, he routinely compared his regiment’s status to that of Allan Maclean’s Royal Highland Emigrants. In consequence, it is useful to examine Maclean’s background and the
conditions surrounding the raising of his Highland Emigrants.

 

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