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Independent Corps. Of Rangers - 1756
posted Tue Feb 19 2002
On the 23d the General gave me a friendly reception, and the next day a commission to recruit an independent corps of Rangers. It was ordered that the Corps should consist of sixty privates, at 3s. New York currency per day, three Searjents at 4s., an Ensign at 5s., a Lieutenant at 7s., and my own pay was fixed at 10s. per day. Ten Spanish dollars were allowed to each man towards providing cloaths, arms, and blankets. My orders were to raise this company as soon as possible, to inlist none but such as were used to traveling and hunting, and in whose courage and fidelity I could confide; they were, moreover to be subject to military discipline, and the articles of war.

Our rendezvous was appointed at Albany, whence to proceed in whale boats to Lake George, and "from time to time, to use their best endeavours to distress the French and their allies, by sacking, burning, and destroying their houses, barns, barracks, canoes, bateaux, &c. and by killing their cattle of every kind, and at all times to endeavour to waylay, attack, and destroy their convoys of provisions, by land and water, in any part of the country, where they could be found."

by Brian Wilson

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