11th Continentals of 1776

11th Continentals (Rhode Island) January 1776 - February 1777

Officers and men for the 11th Continentals came from the disbanded 1775 regiments of Hitchcock and Church and from disbanded Massachusetts units. Soldiers volunteered for one year's service. The regiment contained eight musket companies, eighty-eight officers and men per company, with a total authorized strength of 715, which was never attained. The regiment commander was Daniel Hitchcock of Providence County, who in November was given command of the brigade. The lieutenant colonel, Ezekiel Cornell, had been transferred to Washington's staff. The regiment was then led by its major, Israel Angell. Along with the 9th (R.I.), 12th (Mass.), and 25th (Mass.) the 11th became a part of Nathanael Greene's brigade. When Greene was promoted in August 1776 the brigade came under the Massachusetts brigadier, John Nixon. The 25th had been sent to Canada and the 4th (Mass.) added in its place. When Hitchcock took over the brigade in November and Angell the regiment, the brigade was reinforced by Lippitt's Rhode Island regiment. In late December the men volunteered to serve another month. Thus, the regiment was not disbanded until February 1777. Shortly after the battle of Princeton, Hitchcock died, and was succeeded as brigade commander by Lippitt.

Siege of Boston, January - March 1776
Long Island, 27 August 1779
Harlem Heights, 16 September 1776
White Plains, 28 October 1776
Second Trenton, 2 January 1777
Princeton, 3 January 1777


Walker, Anthony. So Few The Brave (Rhode Island Continentals 1775-1783). Newport, Rhode Island: Seafield Press, 1981.

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