Portraying History as Morgan's Rifles
"Fought Everywhere, Was Beaten Nowhere."
Morgan Statue Winchester,
In the Spring of 1775 a company of 96 volunteer riflemen were
raised in and about Winchester, Virginia and quickly marched over 600 miles to
join George Washington who was then besieging the British army in Boston,
Massachusetts. The frontier riflemen in linen hunting frocks must have made
quite an impression on the highly settled and civilized area around Boston.
They would soon make an impression on the British as well who came to fear
their soon to be legendary marksmanship. Their commander? Daniel Morgan, a
fearless man and natural leader whose innate military skills were to be tuned
and improved upon on many a battlefield.
Rifles" would grow in both numbers and skill through the course of the
American Revolution, fighting as far north as Canada and as far south as South
Carolina. Their role in the momentous battle of Saratoga in 1777 would be
pivotal and Morgan himself would command American forces in the victory at
Cowpens in 1781 which would be the turning point of the war in the South and
one of the turning points of the war as a whole.
Out of respect for the accomplishments and heritage of this
justly famed formation, several gentlemen here in Arizona have undertaken to
form a group to represent Morgan's Rfiles for purposes of education and
Taking part in the
American Heritage Festival
each year "Morgan's Rifles" joins with both the regulars and militia of
General Washington's Army
as well as other 18th century living history groups as we
team together to educate, to inspire and to honour those who have gone before
If these goals sound appealing and you are interested in
recreating history with Morgan's Rifles please
email us here
for further information.
"Where you have no religion, you are sure to
have no government, for as religion disappears, anarchy takes place and fixes a
compleat Hell on earth till religion returns."