Woodbridge's Regiment of Militia

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Woodbridge's Regiment of Militia
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Active 1775-1777
Allegiance State of Massachusetts
Type Infantry
Part of Massachusetts militia
Engagements Saratoga Campaign
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Benjamin Ruggles Woodbridge,
William Stacy

Woodbridge's Regiment of Militia, also known as the "1st Hampshire County Militia Regiment" and "Woodbridge's (25th) Regiment" and "The 25th Regiment of Foot". On April 20, 1775, the day immediately following the Battles of Lexington and Concord, Woodbridge's regiment was formed and marched to Cambridge, Massachusetts near Boston, and participated in the Siege of Boston and the Battle of Bunker Hill.[1][2][3][4]

The regiment spent part of the summer and the fall of 1776 as part of the Fort Ticonderoga garrison. The next year the regiment was called up at South Hadley, Massachusetts on August 16, 1777 as reinforcements for the Continental Army during the Saratoga Campaign. The regiment marched quickly to join the gathering forces of General Horatio Gates as he faced British General John Burgoyne in northern New York. The regiment served in General Warner's brigade. With the surrender of Burgoyne's Army on October 17, the regiment was disbanded on November 29, 1777.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Swett, S.: History of Bunker Hill Battle, With a Plan, Second Edition, Munroe and Francis, Boston (1826) pp. 5, 30.
  2. ^ Frothingham, Jr., Richard: History of the Siege of Boston and of the Battles of Lexington, Concord, and Bunker Hill, Second Edition, published by Charles C. Little and James Brown, Boston (1851) Chapters V and VII, regarding the Bunker Hill Battle, pp. 136, 183.
  3. ^ Ketchum, Richard M.: Decisive Day, the Battle for Bunker Hill, Henry Holt and Company, Owl Books Edition, New York (1999) p. 146.
  4. ^ Sparks, Jared: The Writings of George Washington, Vol III, Little, Brown, and Company, Boston (1855) p. 157.