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  • Massachusetts Regimental Histories of the Revolutionary War

    David Allen Lambert

    Published Date : July 12, 2002

    For quite some time I believed that no regimental histories existed for the Revolutionary War. I envied those researching the Civil War, who could rely upon extensive histories that frequently include in-depth accounts of battles, as well as lists of officers and soldiers. The Revolutionary War researcher, on the other hand, often is forced to create the story of a regiment by compiling individual histories of each officer and soldier. However, while researching quite another topic recently, I found that some capsule histories of Massachusetts Revolutionary War regiments appear in a series of articles inThe Massachusetts Magazine.The Massachusetts Magazine

    Between 1908 and 1918, historian Frank A. Gardner, MD, submitted articles on many of the early colonels of the Massachusetts line, as well as their subordinate officers. The following is a bibliography of these articles. Volumes 1 through 9 ofare available at the NEHGS research library (F/61/M48).  The same series also includes capsule histories of many privateer vessels from Massachusetts. To the best of my knowledge, this series of articles was never compiled into a single volume.

    “Col. John Glover’s Marblehead Regiment.” by Frank A. Gardner, M.D.
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, January, 1908, 1:1, p. 14-20; April, 1908, 1:2, p. 85-102].

    “Col. William Prescott’s Regiment.  Colonel William Prescott’s Minute-Men’s Regiment 1775.  Tenth Regiment Army of the United Colonies 1775. Seventh Regiment Continental Army 1776” by Frank A. Gardner, M.D.
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, July, 1908, 1:3, p. 149-167; October, 1908, 1:4, p. 235-259].

    “Colonel Ephraim Doolittle’s Regiment.  Colonel Ephraim Doolittle’s Minute-Men’s Regiment 1775.  Twenty-Fourth Regiment, Army of the United Colonies 1775.”
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, January, 1909, 2:1, p. 11-29].

    “Colonel Timothy Daneilson’s Regiment.  Colonel Timothy Danielson’s Minute-Men’s Regiment 1775.  18th Regiment Army of the United Colonies 1775.” By Frank A. Gardner, M.D.
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, April, 1909, 2:2, p. 69-83].

    “Colonel John Fellows’ Regiment.  Colonel John Fellows’ Minute Men’s Regiment 1775.  8th Regiment Army of the United Colonies 1775.” by Frank A. Gardner, M.D.
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, July, 1909, 2:3, p. 141-161].

    “Colonel Ebenezer Bridge’s Regiment.
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, October, 1909, 2:4, p. 203-227].

    “Colonel Timothy Walker’s Regiment. Colonel Timothy Walker’s Minute Men’s Regiment 1775.  Twenty-Second Regiment, Army of the United Colonies 1775.”
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, January, 1910, 3:1, p. 25-39].

    “Colonel Theophilus Cotton’s Regiment.  Colonel Theophilus Cotton’s Minute Men’s Regiment 1775.  16th Regiment Army of the United Colonies 1775”
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, April, 1910, 3:2, p. 99-116].

    “Colonel James Frye’s Regiment.  Colonel James Frye’s Minute Men’s Regiment 1775.  First Regiment Army of the United Colonies 1775.”
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, July, 1910, 3:3, p. 187-198; October, 1910, 3:4, p. 246-256].

    “Colonel Ruggles Woodbridge’s Regiment.  Colonel B. Woodbridge’s Minute Men’s Regiment 1775.  Colonel B. Woodbridge’s Regiment, Army of the United Colonies.”
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, January, 1911, 4:1, p. 29-42; April, 1911, 4:2, p. 82-95].

    “Colonel Thomas Gardner’s Regiment.  Colonel Thomas Gardner’s Regiment, Lexington Alarm, April 19, 1775.  Late Colonel Thomas Gardner’s 37th Regiment, Army of the U.C. 1775.”
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, July, 1911, 4:3, p. 153-173].

    “Colonel Samuel Gerrish’s Regiment. Colonel Samuel Gerrish’s (2nd Essex County) Regiment, April 19, 1775.  25th Regiment, Provincial Army, April-July, 1775; 38th Regiment, Army of the United Colonies, July-August 19, 1775.  Lieut. Colonel Loammi Baldwin’s 38th Regiment, A. U.C. August 19-December 31, 1775.”
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, October, 1911, 4:4, p. 221-243].

    “Colonel William Heath’s and Colonel John Greaton’s Regiments.  Colonel William Heath’s Regiment April 19, 1775.  Colonel John Greaton’s Regiment April 19, 1775.  Colonel William Heath’s 21st Regiment, 21st Regiment, Provincial Army, April-July, 1775.  Colonel John Greaton’s 36th Regiment, Army of the United Colonies, July-December, 1775.”
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, January, 1912, 5:1, p. 15-28; April, 1912, p. 55-72].

    “Colonel Ebenzer Learned’s Regiment.  Colonel Ebnenezer Learned’s Minute Men’s Regiment April 19, 1775.  Colonel Ebenezer Learned’s  14th Regiment, Provincial Army April-July, 1775.  Colonel Ebenezer Learned’s 4th Regiment, Army of the United Colonies, July-December, 1775”
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, April, July, October, 1912, 5:2-4, p. 73-101].

    “Colonel Paul Dudley Sargent’s Regiment.  Colonel Paul Dudley Sargent’s Lexington Alarm Regiment April 19, 1775.  Colonel Paul Dudley Sargent’s 28th Regiment, Army United Colonies July-December, 1775.”
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, April, 1913, 6:2, p. 82-94; July, 1913, 6:3, p. 125-136].

    “Colonel John Mansfield’s Regiment.  Colonel John Mansfield’s 7th Regiment, Provincial Army, May to July, 1775.  Colonel John Mansfield’s 19th Regiment, Army United Colonies, July to September 15, 1775.  Lieutenant Colonel Israel Hutchinson’s 19th Regiment, Army United Colonies, September 15th to December, 1775.”
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, April, July, October, 1913, 6:4, p. 147-158; January, 1914, 7:1, 32-45].

    “Colonel Asa Whitcomb’s Regiment. Colonel Asa Whitcomb’s Regiment, April 19, 1775.  Colonel Asa Whitecomb’s 5th Regiment, Provincial Army, April-July, 1775.  Colonel Asa Whitcomb’s 23rd Regiment, Army United Colonies, July-December, 1775.”
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, July, 1914, 7:3, p. 99-123].

    “General John Thomas’ and Colonel John Bailey’s Regiments.  Colonel John Bailey’s or General John Thomas’s Regiment April 19, 1775.  General John Thomas’ 2nd Regiment, Provincial Army, April-July, 1775.  Colonel John Bailey’s 35th Regiment, Army of the United Colonies, July-December, 1775.”
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, April, July, October, 1914, 7:4, p. 158-182].

    “Colonel John Paterson’s Regiment.  Colonel John Paterson’s Minute Men’s and Militia Regiment, April 19, 175.  Colonel John Paterson’s 12th Regiment, Provincial Army, May-June 1775.  Colonel John Paterson’s 26th Regiment, Army of the United Colonies, July-December, 1775.”
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, January, 1915, 8:1, p. 27-42; April, 1915, 8:2, p. 75-83].

    “General Artemas Ward’s and Colonel Jonathan Ward’s Regiments.  General Artemas Ward’s Regiment, Lexington Alarm, April 19, 1775. General Artemas Ward’s 1st Regiment, Provincial Army, May-June, 1775.  Colonel Jonathan Ward’s 32nd Regiment, Army of the United Colonies, July-December, 1775.”
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, July, 1915, 8:3, p. 123-152; October, 1915, 8:4, p. 185-200].

    “Colonel Moses Little’s Regiment.  Colnel Moses Little’s 24th Regiment, Provincial Army, April-July, 1775.  Colonel Moses Little’s 17th Regiment Army of the United Colonies, July-December, 1775.
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, January, 1916, 9:1, p. 18-44].

    “Colonel Joseph Read’s Regiment.  Colonel Joseph Read’s 6th Regiment, Provincial Army, April-July, 1775.  Colonel Joseph Read’s 20th Regiment, Army of the United Colonies, July-October 1775.”
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, April, 1916, 9:2,  p. 87-106].

    “Colonel Jonathan Brewer’s Regiment.  Colonel Jonathan Brewer’s 19th Regiment, Provincial Army, April-July, 1775.  Colonel Jonathan Brewer’s 6th Regiment, Army United Colonies, July-December, 1775.”
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, July, 1916, 9:3,  p. 137-153; October, 1916, 9:4, p. 189-204].

    DEPARTMENT OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION 1775-1782.

    “Ship Hendrick”
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, January, 1908, 1:1, p. 52-53].

    “Tyrannicide”
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, April, 1908, 1:2, 103-107].

    “State Brigatine Hazard”
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, July, 1908, 1:3, p. 195-200].

    “The Massachusetts, State Brigantine”
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, October, 1908, 1:4, p.  280-286].

    “State Brigantine Independence” by Frank A. Gardner, M.D.
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, January, 1909, 2:1, p. 45-47].

    “State Sloop Freedom” by Frank A. Gardner, M.D.
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, April, 1909, 2:2, p. 101-105].

    “State Sloop Republic” by Frank A. Gardner, M.D.
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, July, 1909, 2:3, p. 168-171].

    “State Brigatine Active” by Frank A. Gardner, M.D.
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, July, 1909, 2:4, p. 234-237].

    “State Schooner Diligent”
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, January, 1910, 3:1, p. 40-46].

    “State Sloop Machias Liberty”
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, April, 1910, 3:2, p. 133-140].

    “State Ship Protector”
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, July, 1910, 3:3, p. 181-183].

    “State Ship Mars”
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, October, 1910, 3:4, p. 260-267].

    “State Ship Tartar”
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, January, 1911, 4:1, p. 43-48].

    “State Sloop Winthrop”
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, April, 1911, 4:2, p. 110-116].

    “State Brigantine Rising Empire”
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, July, 1911, 4:3, p. 179-183].

    “Lincoln Galley State Vessel”
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, October, 1911, 4:4, p. 244-246].

    “State Sloop Defence”
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, January, 1912, 5:1, p. 36-37].

    “State Brigantine Nantes”
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, April, July, October, 1912, 5:2-4, p. 107-109].

    “State Ship Vengeance”
    [The Massachusetts Magazine, April, July, October, 1912, 5:2-4, p. 109-111].

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