Accession Number : AD1020366

Title :   The Myth of the Citizen Soldier: Rhode Island Provincial Soldiers in the French and Indian War

Descriptive Note : Technical Report,10 Aug 2015,10 Jun 2016

Corporate Author : US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

Personal Author(s) : York, Amoreena L

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Report Date : 10 Jun 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 148

Abstract : This thesis explores the colonial origins of the citizen-soldier through the study of the colony of Rhode Island and the Providence Plantations during the French and Indian War. The common picture of the American citizen-soldier is that of the militiaman during the American Revolution; however, the most over looked aspect to the citizen-soldier heritage is that of the provincial soldier during the French and Indian War. The Rhode Island militia served as the pool to draw provincial recruits for the campaigns from 1755 to 1760. There were three categories of militia involvement, the part-time militia focused on home front defense and civil disturbances, the full-time frontier militia raised for frontier defensive positions following the hostilities of King Phillip's War, and the full-time provincial militia recruited or impressed for military campaigns creating provincial regiments. The latter category comprising of volunteers and draftees was an integral element to the volunteer tradition. The men who served in the provincial armies would receive an education in arms not only in European warfare but irregular warfare as well. Their combined experiences would develop a strong sense of what contractual obligation meant and would cement their ideals of discipline and commitment.

Descriptors :   military history , Rhode island , military personnel , recruiting

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Humanities and History
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE