Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Great Britain. Army. 10th Regiment of Foot Orderly Book, 1775

Finding aid created by
Philip Heslip, April 2011

Summary Information
Title: Great Britain. Army. 10th Regiment of Foot orderly book
Creator: Great Britain. Army. Regiment of Foot, 10th
Inclusive dates: 1775
Extent: 1 volume
Abstract:
The Great Britain. Army. Regiment of Foot, 10th orderly book (56 pages) contains military orders kept by an anonymous British officer while stationed at Boston from March 3 through April 25, 1775. The entries document the British army's activities during the months leading up the Battle of Lexington and Concord.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1948. M-715.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the "We the People" project.

Alternate Format:

This volume has been microfilmed

Preferred Citation:

Great Britain. Army. 10th Regiment of Foot Orderly Book, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


History

The Great Britain 10th Regiment of Foot, nicknamed the "Springers" and later known as the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment, fought in America during the American Revolution. In 1775, the regiment was stationed in Boston, and its grenadier company and light infantry participated in the Battle of Lexington and Concord under Lord Hugh Percy. The regiment also fought in the battles at Bunker Hill, Long Island, Manhattan, Germantown, Monmouth, and in the defense of Newport, Rhode Island. The regiment returned to England in December 1778.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Great Britain. Army. Regiment of Foot, 10th orderly book (56 pages) contains military orders kept by an anonymous British officer while stationed at Boston from March 3 through April 25, 1775. The entries document the British Army's activities during the months leading up to the battles at Lexington and Concord. Topics covered include regimental and brigade orders and information on desertions, courts martial, prisoners, deaths within the regiment, provisions and clothing, church attendance, promotions, regimental debts, picket duty assignments, exercises, and military drills. Entries also contain daily administrative information, such as the parole sign and assignments for on-duty commanding officers. Though the author was a member of the 10th Regiment of Foot, the orderly book also documents the 59th, 43rd, and 23rd regiments.

The volume contains little on the Lexington and Concord battles (April 19, 1775), though orders from April 19th through April 25th betray a heightened sense of security among the ranks in Boston. Entries from these dates contain instructions for troop readiness, for maintaining arms and artillery, and for preparing the military hospitals. On April 19th, the regiment received the following order: "The Troops in Town not to Straggle from their B[arracks] but to be Ready to turn out with their Arms, Ammunition, & Provisions the Moment they are Ordered" (page 48). The order of April 22, contains a statement on the conduct of Lord Percy's forces at Lexington and Concord (page 53), and the entry from April 24, orders a portion of the 10th regiment to reinforce the British lines (page 56).

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Concord, Battle of, Concord, Mass., 1775.
    • Great Britain. Army--Military life.
    • Great Britain. Army. Royal Lincolnshire Regiment.
    • Lexington, Battle of, Lexington, Mass., 1775.
    • Military discipline.
    • Northumberland, Hugh Percy, Duke of, 1742-1817.
    • United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
    Genre Terms:
    • Orderly books.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
     
    Great Britain. Army. 10th Regiment of Foot orderly book [series]
    Volume   1 Page   1
     March 3, 1775
    Page   2  
     March 4, 1775
    Page   4  
     March 5 and 6, 1775
    Page   5  
     March 10, 1775
    Page   6  
     March 11, 1775
    Page   7  
     March 12, 1775
    Page   8  
     March 13 and 14, 1775
    Page   9  
     March 15, 1775
    Page   10  
     March 16, 1775
    Page   11  
     March 17, 1775
    Page   12  
     March 18, 1775
    Page   14  
     March 19, 1775
    Page   15  
     March 20, 1775
    Page   16  
     March 21, 1775
    Page   18  
     March 22, 1775
    Page   19  
     March 23, 1775
    Page   20  
     March 24 and 25, 1775
    Page   21  
     March 26, 1775
    Page   23  
     March 27, 1775
    Page   25  
     March 28, 1775
    Page   26  
     March 29, 1775
    Page   28  
     March 30 and 31, 1775
    Page   30  
     April 5 and 6, 1775
    Page   32  
     April 7, 1775
    Page   33  
     April 8, 1775
    Page   34  
     April 9, 1775
    Page   35  
     April 10, 1775
    Page   36  
     April 11, 1775
    Page   37  
     April 12, 1775
    Volume   1 Page   38
     April 13, 1775
    Page   39  
     April 14, 1775
    Page   41  
     April 15, 1775
    Page   43  
     April 16, 1775
    Page   45  
     April 17, 1775
    Page   46  
     April 18, 1775
    Page   47  
     April 19, 1775
    Page   49  
     April 20, 1775
    Page   50  
     April 21, 1775
    Page   52  
     April 22, 1775
    Page   54  
     April 23, 1775
    Page   55  
     April 24, 1775
    Page   56  
     April 25, 1775