Supporting Impressions

The organization portrays three impressions spanning the 17th and 18th Centuries.   The Primary impression is that of Ansbach and Hessian Jagers during the American Revolutionary War. 

Group members can elect to participate in any Supporting Impression;  17th Century Dutch Militia or British Forces during the Seven Years War /French & Indian War.  A
lthough designated as “Supporting Impressions”, members can elect to portray / interpret any of the groups impression as a singular main interest or elect to participate in all three unit portrayals.

For Additional membership information contact Terry Ashbaugh terry.ashbaugh@aol.com or Dan Boonie boonieDA@aol.com


New Amstel Militia  
Dutch - 17th Century 
1655-1664  
                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Unit portrays Dutch Militia serving during the conquest of the New Sweden Colony in 1655 and later service in New Amstel. Individuals carry a firelock or Snaphance, cartridge boxes, plug bayonets, cutlass and don civilian clothes in the Dutch style.  

Unit bases historical documentation on the 1640 Dutch Militia Laws which established that all inhabitants of New Amsterdam to be armed and established into Burgher Guards, which were organized by trade guilds and led by guild leaders.  

The Militia was called upon in 1650 when two companies were formed of 40 men, one provided a “Blue”color [flag] and the other with an “Orange” color, in response to the threat of privateers against Long Island.   

In 1655, The New Amsterdam militia participated in the conquest of New Sweden.  Johannes Bogaert, a Dutch civilian aboard the ship “Weagh” during the expedition, cites 160 militiamen included in a total force of 318 men. The invasion force was organized into six companies ranging from 50 to 90 men.
 
 

Following the capture of New Sweden, which was renamed New Amstel by the Dutch, a list of equipment for 150 men was sent to the New Amsterdam by the occupying Dutch forces on the South River ( Delaware). The request included 75 Muskets with Bandoliers and 75 firelocks or Snaphances and cartridge boxes. 
Earlier descriptions of cartridges in North America are found in Swedish letters of Governor Rising from 1654;  

“…bags of leather with three of four compartments, in which one could place cartridges; these are many times better in the woods than bandoliers…”  
   

In 1658, New Amsterdam Militia was organized into three militia companies, each having a color with officers armed with partisans, Sergeants with Halberds and a Drum.  During the same year, Governor Stuyvensant approved a request from Swedish settlers in the New Amstel region to form three militia companies. 

     

              
     

British Forces - French & Indian War 
1754-1763

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Members portray various units to support historical sites.  Impressions have included Independent Company, North Carolina Regiment, Virginia Regiment, Maryland Regiment, Pennsylvania  and 77th Regiment. Individuals have also portrayed Oglethorpe's 42nd Regiment (1740) in support of Frederica and Bloody Marsh National Historic Sites.

     
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