In a message dated 10/31/02 2:42:50 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> 35 battalions? In a Militia regiment? in 1812? A mistake perhaps? :-)
Not at all! I can't speak for New England Militia but Maryland was organized
into 51 Regiments which were organized into 12 brigades of 4-5 regiments
each. Some of the brigades were augmented by Rifle battalions and Artillery
companies. The brigades were further gathered into 3 divisions, each
commanded by a Major-General. Maryland was also divided into districts for
the purpose of fielding 11 regiments of Cavalry.
The best brigade was supposedly the 3rd composed of men from Baltimore City.
At North Point, the 3rd was composed of the 5th, 6th, 27th, 39th and 51st
Regiments, with the 5th Cavalry Regiment, the 1st Rifle Battalion and a
company from the 1st Artillery Regiment in support. All were Maryland
Militia except for 3 companies of Pennsylvania Militia which were scattered
amongst the infantry. The entire force amounted to approximately 3200 men.
It was the 3rd brigade which gave the British a bloody nose at North Point.
Virginia Militia had at least 68 Regiments. A colour of the 68th regiment
was captured supposedly at Bladensburg by the 85th. However, there is some
proof that the colour was actually taken at Hampton in June 1813 by the Royal
Marines. The 68th was not present at Bladensburg but a company was involved
in the defense of Hampton.
Ed Seufert, LCpl
1812 Royal Marines
1st Co/2nd Batt RM
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