Re: [WarOf1812] Militias in the UK
>From: "Roger Fuller" <fullerfamily@...>_________________________________________________________________________
>Subject: Re: [WarOf1812] Militias in the UK
>Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2000 12:42:28 -0500
>I RECOMMEND READING THE LETTERS OF PRIVARE WHEELER , EDITED BY CAPT. B. H.
>LIDDELL HART.IT COVERS WHEELERS EXPLOITS FROM 1809 TO 1828 FROM MILITIA MAN
>TO SERJEANT IN THE 51ST REGT. Mike dollinger your humble reader of diaries
> >And this begs the question, would you find more literate men among the
> >militia than the regular military?
>Absolutely, at least in Britain!
>The smart ones, who didn't want to die in a Spanish (or tropical, or
>American) hellhole, or stay in the regular army until they died anyway,
>enlisted in the militias and fencible units, whose purview extended only as
>far as the water's edge of England, Scotland and Wales, and in the case of
>some, Ireland. The Duke of Cumberland's Sharp-Shooters, the North York
>Militia, and Percy's Tenantry Rifles were some of the sources of the 3rd
>batt., 95th Foot's manpower. These groups had been established to defend
>England against Napoleon's threatened invasion in the late 1790s/early
>1800s. It was certainly seen in a Britain remote from the hardships of the
>war in Spain (as well as in America) that the offshore war was not worth
>fighting, at least as a popular war (using popular in its original sense),
>until Wellington started winning and advancing big against the French- then
>the British people found enthusiasm for fighting against "Boney". (I don't
>think the American War ever caught on as a popular cause in Britain...)
>Of course, the addition of bigger bounties and short-time enlistments (as
>well as rising disemployment by handworkers because of industrialisation)
>didn't hurt the regular army's cause either....
>On both sides of the border? Not being
> >the dregs of society/useless gutter louts/yadda yadda; would they have
> >more opportunities to gain some measure of education?
>In the case of the Duke of Northumberland as well as the Duke of
>many of the members of their groups were literally their tenants and
>gamekeepers, whom they wished to keep home, and producing. They were rural
>in character, had seen some schooling, and often had skills outside of
>laborers. Not coincidentally, quite a few gunsmiths, mechanics and
>metalworkers joined them as part-time militiamen, and they then found their
>way into the 95th. When the 95th had a big recruiting drive after Corunna,
>they had so many people applying out of the militias, they had to form a
>battalion to accomodate the numbers of recruits. Out of character for the
>militia to do so, but the regt. had a good enough reputation that the
>militiamen saw that the time to get in the 95th was now a good one,
>Seems like a logical
> >premise, but I await the collective wisdom of the list. ;-)
>"You talkin' ta me?"
>-Robt DeNiro, as Travis Bickle, TAXI DRIVER :^)
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