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Asst. Regtl. Quartermaster Antietam 2021
- Feb 23, 2013
- East Texas
We don't like to think about "our" hero Robert Rogers - after all he WAS portrayed by Spencer Tracy in the movie version of Northwest Passage! - as anything but commander of his eponymous Rangers in the F&I War - HOWEVER...I would guess many people think of Roger's Rangers when the hear "Ranger green". However, the French and Indian War occurred over 100 years before the Civil War and uniforms had changed so much in that 100 years that I am not sure if many Civil War era people even understood the uniforms worn by Roger's Rangers.
Sad to relate, he offered his services and received a commission from the BRITISH ca. 1775 to raise a *NEW* regiment of Rangers to fight as Tories against US in the Revolution! For some reason that didn't work out - probably best for his subsequent reputation as an American Hero instead of a second Benedict Arnold! - and either it never came to pass; or else was taken over as Butler's Rangers. Of course not only Butler's but other Tory units were uniformed in green, including Tarleton's, despite the inaccuracies of that wretched other film The Patriot that shows them in RED coats with green trim. (THAT should be in reverse, but would no doubt "confuse the audience!")