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By Linnea Bass

In response to the article in the August issue, here are two accounts of the Brigade of Guards for American Service going through the evolutions, etc. in a review before the King. They used thirty two rounds each.

At this point they had been together for less than a week. Fifteen men had been taken out of each company of Guards in London and reorganized into ten companies of at least ninety three men each. I have to assume that these maneuvers came very naturally to them if they pulled them off for the King in what was an entirely new organizational structure.

Tuesday, 19 March 1776, LONDON: The King reviewed the detachment from the three regiments of foot guards this day. They "were mustered on Wimbledon Common, and formed into regular companies, and his Majesty's appointment of the officers thereof made known, who all took their respective stations . . . . About half past nine, his Majesty, attended by General Carpenter, Colonel Matthews, several of the Nobility, and other officers of the army, came on the Common, when he was received by a royal salute. The soldiers made a fine appearance, and went through their evolutions with great dexterity, first forming themselves into various squares, and then platoon and circular firing, after which they made a general running fire, in imitation of a pursuit, till they had each expended thirty-two rounds of powder, with which they were provided before they took the field. His Majesty expressed the greatest approbation of their performance, and seemed particularly pleased at the chearfulness which appeared in their countenances to embark for their intended expedition. The officers and soldiers were dressed in the same uniforms."

NOTES:

The account reprinted here is from The Middlesex Journal, and Evening Advertiser, (London), Saturday, March 16 to Tuesday, March 19, 1776. An almost identical account of this review also appeared in The Sussex Weekly Advertiser: or, Lewes Journal, Mon., 25 March 1776.