The Rochambeau Map Collection contains cartographic items used by Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau (1725-1807), when he was commander in chief of the French expeditionary army (1780-82) during the American Revolution. The maps were from Rochambeau’s personal collection, cover much of eastern North America, and date from 1717 to 1795. The maps show Revolutionary-era military actions, some of which were published in England and France, and early state maps from the 1790s. Many of the items in this extraordinary group of maps show the importance of cartographic materials in the campaigns of the American Revolution as well as Rochambeau’s continuing interest in the new United States.
The collection consists of 40 manuscript and 26 printed maps, and a manuscript atlas, the originals of which are in the Library of Congress’ Geography and Map Division.
The Sons of the Revolution in California have produced a fabulous set of pages with color plates of the uniforms of the American War of Independence. There’s a list below of the units that they have:
Uniforms of the American Revolution; American Farmers Forming at Concord; Sherburne’s Continental Regiment, 1778 – 1780; Moylan’s Light Dragoons, 1779; Second
Canadian Regiment of Infantry, 1776; Fourth Connecticut Regiment of Infantry Continental Line; Second Regiment of Connecticut Light Horse Militia, 1777; Haslet’s Delaware Regiment, 1776; First Georgia Regiment of Infantry Continental Line, 1777; Smallwood’s Maryland Regiment, 1776; Second Maryland Regiment of Continental Infantry, 1777; Fourth Independent Company of Maryland State Troops, 1776; Second Massachusetts Regiment of Continental Infantry, 1777; Massachusetts Regiment of Artillery, 1775-1776 — Knox’s Artillery; Second New Hampshire Regiment of Infantry, 1777 Continental Line; Third New Jersey Regiment, 1777 Continental Line; Third New York Regiment, 1775, Continental Line; Captain John Lamb’s New York Artillery Company, 1775; Third North Carolina Regiment of Infantry, 1778 Continental Line; First Pennsylvania Battalion, 1775 – 1776; Pennsylvania State Regiment, 1777 – 13th Pennsylvania Line; Rhode Island Train of Artillery, 1775; Second Rhode Island Regiment of Infantry, 1779; Second South Carolina Regiment of Infantry, 1776; Green Mountain Rangers, 1776; Lt. Ira Allen’s Green Mountain Rangers, 1775; Virginia Light Dragoons, 1776; Independent Companies, 1775; Miscellaneous Organizations, Continental Army, 1776; Commander-in-Chief and Line Officers, 1779; Continental Infantry, 1779-1783; Continental Artillery, 1777-1783; Light Infantry, 1782; Infantry and Artillery, 1783; Sir William Howe, Commander-in-Chief of the British Armies in America; British Seventeenth Regiment of Light Dragoons, 1775-1783; Musicians of the British Fourth Regiment of Foot, 1778; Grenadier Company, Fifth Regiment of Foot, 1776; Light Infantry, British Tenth Regiment of Foot, 1775; Drummers, British Tenth Regiment of Foot, 1775 – 1783; Royal North British Fusileers; Light Infantry Company, British Fortieth Regiment of Foot, 1776; British Forty-Second Regiment of Foot, 1776; British Forty-Third Regiment of Foot, 1775; Grenadiers, British Fifty-Second Regiment of Foot, 1775; Butler’s Rangers, 1777; De Lancey’s Brigade, 1776 – 1783; De Lancey’s Refugees, the "Cowboys", 1780; Emmerich’s Chasseurs, 1776; Johnson’s Royal Greens of New York, 1776; Queen’s Rangers, 1776-1783; Grenadiers, Gatinois Regiment of Infantry, 1781; Saintonge Regiment of Infantry, 1781; Saintonge Regiment of Infantry, 1779-1783; Field Yager Corps of Hesse-Cassel, 1776-1783; Hesse-Cassel and Brunswick Regiments, 1776-1777; Grenadier Regiment Von Rall, and Fusileer Regiment Alt Von Lossberg of Hesse-Cassel, 1776; Fusileer Regiment Erb Prinz of Hesse-Cassel, 1776; Independent Company Organizations: Goot-Guard, Virginia Riflemen, Minutemen, 1774-1775; Privates of Light Infantry and Drummer: 10th, 14th and 42nd British Foot, 1775-1783; Privates and Officers of De Lancey’s Brigade and of Johnson’s Royal Brigade of New York, 1776-1781; Privates of von Rall’s and von Sprecht’s Regiments and Field Jager Corps, 1776-1783; Privates in Field and Parade Dress, Smallwood’s Maryland Regiment, 1776; Continental Artillery, 1777-1783; Privates of 2nd and 4th Connecticut Regiments, 1777; Privates, Continental Line with Artillery Officers Second Massachusetts Regiment, 1777; Sir William Howe, Commander-in-Chief of the British Army with 4th Regiment of Foot, 1775-1778; Gatinois and Saintonge Regiment of Infantry in Parade Dress, 1781; Commander-in-Chief, and Staff, 1799-1802; Cavalry, Infantry and Artillery 1799-1802; Continental Navy, 1776-1777;
The American War of Independence was one of my first miniature wargames projects. I still haven’t finished. There’s always another unit to paint and another battle to create terrain for. At the library of Congress website, there is a section of maps and charts of North America and the West Indies 1750 – 1789 that miniature wargamers will find useful.
Will McNally has this set of free wargames rules for the American War of Independence. What makes these rules different is that they come with free software! Once the orders of battle are set up, the rules are run by a computer through clicking on options with a mouse. The rules run on MS-DOS, but can, of course, be run in a DOS box in Windows 98 or XP. If you’re like me, and have an old MS-DOS laptop sitting around, this could be a perfect use for it.
I’ve always thought that there was great potential for using laptops in miniature wargaming. Even better: someone should write a program for managing tabletop games with a PalmPilot.
Bob Bergman has written “One If By Land”, a set of free wargames rules for the American War of Independence on a 1:10 scale. The rules use a card activation system, movement is randomized with a die to reflect the uneven nature of terrain, and fire and melee combat are resolved by rolling a d10 and consulting a table. A nice touch is that the figures are based according to the popular “Age of Reason” rules set. I have a large collection of 15mm American Revolution figures and I’m going to give these a try.