Ottendorf's Corps

  • Authorized on December 5, 1776 in the Continental Army as Maj. Nicholas Dietrich, Baron de Ottendorf's, Corps and assigned to the Main Continental Army.
  • Organized between December 9, 1776 - June 1, 1777 in eastern Pennsylvania to consist of 5 companies, including Capt. John Paul Schott's Independent Company (authorized on September 6, 1776).
  • Redesignated on June 11, 1777 as Late Ottendorf's Corps.
  • Corps broken up in April 1778 and its elements reorganized and redesignated as Capt. Henry Bedkin's Independent Troop of Light Horse and Capt. John Paul Schott's and Anthony Selin's Independent Companies, elements of the Middle Department.
  • Capt. Henry Bedkin's Independent Troop of Light Horse relieved on June 3, 1779 from the Middle Department and assigned to the Southern Department; concurrently consolidated with Armand's Legion.
  • Capt. John Paul Schott's and Anthony Selin's Independent Companies relieved on January 1, 1781 from the Middle Department and assigned to the Main Continental Army; concurrently consolidated with the 2d Canadian Regiment.

ENGAGEMENTS

Captain Bedkin's Troop additionally served in:

  • New Jersey 1779
  • New Jersey 1780

Captain Schott's and Selin's Companies additionally served in:

  • Iroquois 1779

UNIT HISTORY

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.

on January 1, 1781 Selin's Company was relieved from the Middle Department and assigned to the Main Continental Army, then later to be consolidated with Moses Hazen's 2nd Canadian Regiment.

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.

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