Continental Independent Rifle Companies
Daniel Morgan's Rifle Company, 1775

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"Continental Independent Rifle Companies"
Morgan's Rifle Company, 1775

by Don Troiani
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Daniel Morgan's Rifle Company as they appeared at the siege of Boston 1775 complete with Indian moccasins and war paint.

Paper Edition
Image size: 11 3/8" x 14 1/2"
Overall size: 15 3/8" x 20"

950 Signed and Numbered Prints
100 Artist Proofs

Symbolizing to many the very image of a patriot soldierm the Independent Rifle Companies were created at the dawn of the Continental Army. Authorized in June, 1775, bt the Continental Congress, the ten units consisted of "expert riflemen" from Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. All members dressed in the distinctive frontier "hunting frocks" with ornamental fringe that had evolved along the Appalachian frontier, and had "an approved rifle, handsome shot pouch, and powder horn, blanket, knapsack..." along with a variety of "savage" embellishments like leggings and war paint that made them look both wild and intimidating. The skillful, undisciplined, riflemen served the country well as effective skirmishers and sharpshooters, becoming the "mortal aversion" of anyone in a red coat. At the end of their one-year enlistments many of these hardy fighters continued to forge the young nation by serving in new rifle regiments formed in their native states.

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