MILITARY HISTORY ONLINE

18th Century Articles
The Return of Rogers' Rangers

The Return of Rogers' Rangers

By Michael F. Dilley

The military exploits of Major Robert Rogers during the French and Indian War are well known. It was during that war that Rogers raised, trained, and led the unit that bears his name, Rogers' Rangers. This was, however, not the last Ranger unit with which Robert Rogers was affiliated. Prior to the war Rogers had narrowly missed being branded or hung as a result of a charge of counterfeiting. His exploits during the war left him with money problems but of a different nature. The new problems involved Rogers' accounts in the army – repaying some remaining obligations to his former Rangers as well as to certain men in Albany, New York who had loaned money for the Rangers' subsistence and loans some of the Rangers had taken against their future pay. Rogers spent almost a month preparing his statement and presented it to the Crown's representative. By his account the Crown owed Rogers about 6,000 pounds. Rogers was reported to have been “thunderstruck” when most of the statement he submitted was denied. Without detailing Rogers' claim for repayment by the Crown (or even the convoluted method of financing the British Amy in the mid 1700s), suffice it to say Rogers went to his grave still being pursued by his creditors. His attempts to pay these creditors drove almost all he did in life after the French and Indian War.

Read Article »



© 2019 - MilitaryHistoryOnline.com LLC
Featured Books


The Battle of Plassey 1757: The Victory That Won an Empire


Wellington: The Path to Victory 1769-1814


The Battle of Camden: A Documentary History


British Civil War : The Wars of the Three Kingdoms 1638-1660


Battles of the Revolutionary War