Revolutionary War Units
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Captain Bedkin's Troop additionally served in:
Captain Schott's and Selin's Companies additionally served in:
We can trace our lineage back to the formation of the"Corps de Ottendorf" or Ottendorf's Corps, which was authorized December 5, 1776, assigned to the Main Continental Army.
Three main Companies (also two secondary companies) were organized in Eastern Pennsylvania December 9, 1776- June 17, 1777. Company No. 1 was composed of Light Infantry and Commanded by Maj. De Ottendorf until June of 1777 when it was taken over by Charles Armand. This was Armand's first command in the American War. Company No. 2 was commanded by Capt. Antoni Selin. This Independent Company of Foot was composed of light infantry & rifles (hunters). Company No. 3 was commanded by John Paul Schott, also working as an independent company, it to, was similar in composition to Selin's Company.
By mid June of 1777 it was redesignated as the Late Ottendorf's Corps, commanded Col. Armand, as just mentioned. Armand began recruiting Frenchmen who would fight for the cause. Now comprising of a number of partisan officers Company No 1 was composed of mounted Cavalry, dismounted dragoons and lights . Antoni Selin still had command of the Independent Company of Foot through the fall of 1778. This now comprised a portion of Schott's original Company also, since he had been taken prisoner at the Battle of Short Hills in June 1777
In April 1778, the Corps was broken up and redesignated as Armand's Partisan Corps, Capt. Henry Bedkin's Independent Troop of Light Horse and Captains John Paul Schott's and Anthony Selin's Independent Companies, which were elements of the Middle Department.
Battles: Bound Brook 1777; Short Hills 1777; Woodbridge 1777; Brandywine 1777; Germantown 1777; Valley Forge 1777;
By the Fall of 1778 the unit was deployed on the frontier settlements of the Minisink, NY. The Spring 1779 saw the unit marching for the Pennsylvania settlement of Wyoming, making preparations for the widerness campaign of General Sullivan.
During the Sullivan Expedition, Selin's Company was attached to the 3rd Brigade under General Edward Hand. In part, this group consisted of Light Corps and Rifles who served as the van throughout the Campaign.
The Battle of Newtown, NY, in August 1779 was the major engagement during this Campaign.
After the Sullivan - Clinton Campaign, we served as frontier guards for the Wyoming Settlement and surrounding outposts.
1781 saw the unit attached to Moses Hazen's Regiment, through The Seige of Yorktown.