King's American Dragoons

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King's American Dragoons
Active 1781-1783
Country  Great Britain
Allegiance  British Army
Branch dragoons (mounted infantry)
Type British provincial unit, (auxiliary troops)
Role demolition, construction
Size ?
Garrison/HQ Long Island, Province of New York
Engagements

American Revolutionary War

Never saw combat
Commanders
Notable
commanders

Major General Sir Guy Carleton

Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Thompson

The King's American Dragoons were a British provincial military unit, raised for Loyalist service during the American Revolutionary War. They were founded by Colonel Benjamin Thompson, later Count Rumford, in 1781.[1] They were initially formed from, the remnants of other British Loyalist units, including Black Loyalist soldiers.

The King's American Dragoons primarily served on Long Island in 1782 and early 1783,[2] where they earned local notoriety for destroying a church and burial ground in order to erect Fort Golgotha in Huntington.[3]

They were evacuated from New York and resettled in St. John, New Brunswick, in July 1783.[4] They were disbanded there in October.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ellis, George Edward; Sciences, American Academy of Arts and (1871-01-01). Memoir of Sir Benjamin Thompson, count Rumford: with notices of his daughter. Estes and Lauriat. 
  2. ^ Siebert, Wilbur Henry (1916-01-01). The Loyalist Refugees of New Hampshire. Ohio State University. 
  3. ^ http://town.huntington.ny.us/permit_pics/215.pdf
  4. ^ Ellis, George Edward; Sciences, American Academy of Arts and (1871-01-01). Memoir of Sir Benjamin Thompson, count Rumford: with notices of his daughter. Estes and Lauriat. 
  5. ^ Ellis, George Edward; Sciences, American Academy of Arts and (1871-01-01). Memoir of Sir Benjamin Thompson, count Rumford: with notices of his daughter. Estes and Lauriat. 

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