Sunday, January 10, 2016

Recruits Wanted!

We are always looking for potential new recruits for both the mounted and dismounted sections.

Mounted recruits should have their own horse, or have access to one that they can use. The rider should be competent and confident enough to walk, trot, canter and gallop in a controlled situation amongst other horses. The horse should be likewise, and also be ok among other horses, both on the battlefield and on the piquet line in camp. If you are working with a horse, we can still accommodate you but may have some restrictions early on to ensure the safety of the rider, the horse, other members of our unit, and other units. We are happy to work with you and we understand the time and effort involved in working with a horse new to reenacting. A few of our members are professional horsemen from various disciplines, so we are a great source to help you with safely integrating you and your horse on the field. You must be 16years of age or older to ride a horse on the battlefield, and to use weapons at events. If you are training your horse to work with gunfire, we can offer suggestions on how to go about it. The key to any good training is patience and consistency. Horses can be of any breed, but must be of solid colour to historically portray the animals used during the American Revolution. (no obvious paints, appaloosas or palominos please). You will need to be able to neck rein your horse and use a Pelham style bit on him/her. Stallions are not permitted for safety reasons. We will integrate new riders and horses into events depending on ability and safety. We can help you aquire tack, kit and weapons and may have some loaner equipment available until you re fully kitted out..
We also have members who can ride, but don't not have a mount currently. We would still happy to have you, if that is the case, and you can work on getting your kit together and field with our dismounted unit until you have found a new horse.
If you have any questions about the mounted unit please contact our mounted commander Capt. Jess Phillips

Historically, the 17th LD were augmented with dismounted dragoons before they left Ireland to come to America. We have an accurately kitted out troop of dismounted dragoons, that at events, generally act as detached light infantry troops who work closely with our Horse. Although similar, the kit of the dismounts is less cumbersome and more adequate for working on foot.
Members of the dismounts work on British Army weapons drill and light infantry tactics, and are generally in the forefront of the battlefield and in the thick of the action.
Once again you must be over 16 years of age to handle a weapon on the field. You should be prepared to be able to walk and occasionally run short distances over various types of terrain.
We do have some equipment and weapons that we can loan out while new members are acquiring their kit.
Both units camp together, and we generally have a campaign style camp that includes the horses, and we all chip in to take care of camp, food, and the horses.
If you have any questions about the dismounted unit, please contact our dismounted unit commander Sgt. Andrew Clive at

Death or Glory
and Success to British Arms!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Ft Ti!

It's been a fairly quiet year event wise for the 17th, but we are preparing to head to Fort Ticonderoga, NY Sept 12th & 13th.

It's an awesome spot, so can't wait to see it.

We are excited to have some new recruits joining us, including a trumpeter for our dismounted unit. We are also looking forward to meeting some more potential recruits during the weekend. We are always looking for new members both mounted and dismounted, so contact us if you have any interest.

Members have been working on getting their kit sorted out and ready for battle.

Our dismounted unit headed by the indomitable Sgt Clive will be sporting their new helmets, and blazing the trail!

As usual we will be well fed by pvt Irish, a

If you are going to be there stop by and say hi to us and the horses!

Death or Glory!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Allaire Village

Last weekend the unit attended it's first event at Allaire Village in Farmingdale NJ.

Both mounted and dismounted members attended and went through some long needed drill, as well as fielding for battle and routing the continental Army.

Both men and horses performed admirably as expected from the finest light cavalry in the world.

We are all looking forward to our next event at Mt Vernon, May 2nd & 3rd.

Monday, March 16, 2015

New 2015 schedule posted!

We have some great events to look forward to this year! Starting in April at Allaire Village NJ. Both Mounted and Dismounted sections will be out on the field.

Congratulations to our new Dismounted troop commander, Sgt. Andrew Clive. Sergeant Clive was given a field promotion over the winter due to the retirement of our senior Sgt Greg Fisher. We wish him well and hope to see him on the field again in the future.

                               Newly appointed Sgt Clive (right) with Pvt Dell @ the Hook

Over the winter, we have been working on researching and improving our kit, especially for the dismounted troop. We are working on an improved dismounted helmet, are issuing billhooks and/or hatchets to all ranks. Sgt Clive will be working on drilling our dismounts in light infantry tactics and musket drill.

During the American Revolution, the 17th LD were augmented with 192 dismounted non commissioned officers and Dragoons. There are distinct differences in the kit they had compared to mounted dragoons, which is well documented. We are always actively looking for new recruits both Mounted and dismounted. If you want to reenact British Infantry, especially light infantry, we might have a spot for you with one of the coolest impressions there is.

Dismounted troops wore a shortened regimental coat cut in the light infantry style, long brown cloth gaiters, a helmet similar to the light infantry and carried a knapsack with a short cloak. They all carried billhooks and hatchets. They carried an Elliot carbine, and 4 rifles were issued per troop.

Dismounted section working and firing in pairs
At events, the dismounted troop will either work independently with the mounted unit, or work closely with advance guard units such as the 40th Foot, Jaegers, Queen's own Loyal Virginia Regt., Native contingents, or other light infantry units. Always at the forefront of battle, their job is never dull! If you are interested in joining our dismounted troop, contact Sgt. Clive
Our members come from up and down the Eastern Seaboard from Maine to Virginia, with members in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Dismounted section wearing linen smocks at Wyoming 2014

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Return to the Hook, Gloucester, VA

The 17th rode at the Battle of the Hook this past weekend in Gloucester, VA.  The event was a great success, fun was had by all, and riding with the Colonial Williamsburg contingent of the Queen's Rangers on Saturday made our numbers double.  This weekend included over 1,000 reenactors on both sides (Continental and British).  There were boat landings, cavalry demonstrations and battlefield engagements, a night skirmish, the raiding and burning of a farm house as well as overall fun!

Monday, June 17, 2013

235th Anniversary of The Battle of Monmouth

The 17th rides with Tarleton's Legion and the Queen's Rangers
(Horses L-R:  Riley, Tank, Sir, Bea, and on the end Huckleberry)
(Photo by the 17th Light Dragoons)
The 17th engaged the rebels this past weekend, 15-16 June 2013, at The Battle of Monmouth in New Jersey.

Click here to watch the Cavalry charge at the battle and also check out the full battle here.  

Private Bradford on Riley
(Photo courtesy of Gary Vorwald)

Private Dawes riding Sir(Photo courtesy of Gary Vorwald)

Captain Phillips riding Sergeant by Christopher Robbins at New
Sergeant Fisher and Private Clive by Christopher Robbins at New