In 1757 Robert Rodgers wrote a set of 28 rules for his Rangers to follow in conducting irregular warfare against the French and their Indian allies. These rules became a model for all the Ranger and Light Infantry units that followed in American military history. They are still taught to US Army Rangers today. In the Massachusetts Battalion, these rules are followed as operational guidelines by Partridge’s Light Infantry. After each rule we will translate them into modern terms and explain how they apply to our portrayal.

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Written on November 17th, 2010 , Articles

Colonel Jonathan Bagley’s 3rd Massachusetts Regiment


Brenton C. Kemmer

In 1990, I had been participating in living history for over a dozen years.  I had started out portraying a fur trader of the 1830s and had moved into the colonial period portraying a French militiaman, Rogers’ Rangers and a grenadier and light infantryman of the 42 Regiment of Foot.  I was not satisfied in my reenacting and was looking for something that for myself and my son as he would grow up would be more gratifying for us and something that was not being portrayed; something new and exciting.

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Written on August 23rd, 2010 , Articles

The other flag carried by the battalion color party is the Red Ensign of the royal navy. This was issued to all the colonial units to help identify them as British.

Written on May 29th, 2010 , Articles Tags:

The first of the new colors presented to the battalion this weekend is the original battle flag of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Notice the pine tree in the upper corner of the flag. This flag is a copy of the oldest known colonial battle colors.

Written on May 29th, 2010 , Articles Tags:

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