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Continental Regiments

List of Continental Regiments in the Continental Army

The reorganized Main Army of 1776 consisted of 27 infantry regiments, which were numbered in order of the seniority of the colonel of each regiment, and styled as "Continental Regiments".

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The Infantry "Continental Regiments" were the 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 18th, 21st, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th Continental Regiments.

This differed from the regiments in the Southern Department, which retained state designations, some of which were assigned in the 1775 establishment.

Each new regiment comprised eight companies, which at full strength fielded a total of 728 men.

Of these, 640 provided the firepower (privates and corporals with muskets); the remaining were officers and staff, including three field officers (a colonel, lieutenant colonel, and major), a captain for each company, a surgeon, a quartermaster, drummers, etc.

3rd Continental Regiment

The 3rd Continental Regiment also known as 4th Massachusetts Regiment or Learned's Regiment, was raised on April 23, 1775, by Colonel Ebenezer Learned outside Boston, Massachusetts.

On January 1, 1776 Danielson's Regiment and Wood's Company, Cotton's Regiment, consolidated unit re-designated as the 3rd Continental Regiment, an element of Thomas' Brigade, to consist of 8 companies.

On January 1, 1777, the 3rd Continental Regiment merged with King's Company, 21st Continental Regiment and re-designated as Shepard's Regiment, to consist of 8 companies. See 4th Massachusetts Regiment for more information.

4th Continental Regiment

On January 1, 1776, the 6th Massachusetts Regiment merged with Thompson's Company, Danielson's Regiment, re-designated as the 4th Continental Regiment, to consist of 8 companies; an element of Sullivan's Brigade.

On April 29, 1776, from Sullivan's Brigade and assigned to Stirling's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

On August 12, 1776, it was reassigned from Stirling's Brigade, and assigned to Nixon's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

On January 1, 1777, 4th Continental Regiment re-organized and renamed to Nixon's Regiment, to consist of 8 companies. See 6th Massachusetts Regiment for more information.

6th Continental Regiment

13th Massachusetts Regiment and Jonathan Brewer's Regiment
On January 1, 1776, the 13th Massachusetts Regiment merged with Soul's Company, Fellows' Regiment and Danforth's Company, David Brewer's Regiment, re-designated as the 6th Continental Regiment, an element of Greene's Brigade to consist of 8 companies.

On January 24, 1776, it was reassigned from Greene's Brigade and assigned to Thomas' Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

On April 4, 1776, it was reassigned from from Thomas' Brigade and assigned to the Eastern Department.

On August 8, 1776, it was reassigned from the Eastern Department and assigned to the Northern Department.

On January 1, 1777, 6th Continental Regiment (less 2 companies) merged with Bent's and Whiting's Companies, 24th Continental Regiment and renamed to Wigglesworth's Regiment, an element of the Northern Department, to consist of 8 companies; 2 companies concurrently consolidated with the 15th Continental Regiment. See 13th Massachusetts Regiment for more information.

7th Continental Regiment

Authorized on April 23, 1775 in the Massachusetts State Troops as Prescott's Regiment.

The regiment was organized in spring 1775 at Cambridge to consist of 11 companies from northwestern Middlesex and Hampshire Counties, Massachusetts; and Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.

Adopted on June 14, 1775 into the Continental Army and assigned to the Main Continental Army.

It was assigned to the on July 22, 1775 to Heath's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Consolidated on January 1, 1776 with Darby's and Nowall's Companies, Scammon's Regiment and Morse's Company, Paterson's Regiment and consolidated unit redesignated as the 7th Continental Regiment, an element of Heath's Brigade to consist of 8 companies.

Reassigned on August 12, 1776 from Heath's Brigade and assigned to Nixon's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Reassigned on August 31, 1776 from Nixon's Brigade and assigned to Parson's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Parson's Brigade relieved 12 November 12, 1776 from the Main Continental Army and assigned to the Highland's Department.

Consolidated on January 1, 1777 with the 23d Continental Regiment and consolidated unit redesignated as Bailey's Regiment

Significant Campaigns and Battles

The regiment would see action during the Siege of Boston (1775–1776) and the New York and New Jersey Campaign (1776-77). It took part in the following major battles:

10th Continental Regiment

The 10th Continental Regiment was a unit of the Connecticut Line in the 1776 establishment of the Continental Army.

It began as Parson's Connecticut Regiment (also known as the 6th Connecticut Provincial Regiment), which was part of the 1775 establishment, and was commanded by Colonel Samuel Holden Parsons until his promotion to brigadier general.

It was assigned to the on July 22, 1775 to Spencer's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Re-organized and re-designated on January 1, 1776 (less 1 company disbanded 10 February 1776 in Canada) as the 10th Continental Regiment, to consist of 8 companies.

It was first active during the Siege of Boston, and then in preparing the defenses of New York City. After Parsons was promoted in August 1776, command came to John Tyler, who was promoted to colonel at that time.

Spencer's Brigade re-designated on August 12, 1776 as Parson's Brigade. Parson's Brigade relieved on November 12, 1776 from assignment to the Main Continental Army and assigned to the Highland's Department.

The regiment fought in the Battle of Long Island, and was part of the panicked retreat after the British landing on Manhattan. Although the regiment was present with the army at White Plains, New York in October 1776, it did not participated in the battle fought there.

The regiment was then placed on guard duty at Peekskill, New York, where it remained until it was disbanded on December 31, 1776.

Significant Campaigns and Battles

The regiment would see action during the New York and New Jersey Campaign (1776-77). It took part in the following major battles:

Capt. Edward Mott's Company served in the following

12th Continental Regiment

Authorized on April 23, 1775 in the Massachusetts State Troops as Little's Regiment.

The regiment was organized in spring 1775 at Cambridge to consist of 10 companies from northeastern Middlesex and Hampshire Counties, Massachusetts; and Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.

Adopted on June 14, 1775 into the Continental Army and assigned to the Main Continental Army.

It was assigned to the on July 22, 1775 to Greene's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Re-organized and redesignated 1 January 1776 as the 12th Continental Regiment, an element of Greene's Brigade to consist of 8 companies.

Reassigned on August 12, 1776 from Greene's Brigade and assigned to Nixon's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Disbanded during February 1777 at Morristown, New Jersey and Peekskill, New York

Significant Campaigns and Battles

The regiment would see action during the Siege of Boston (1775–1776) and the New York and New Jersey Campaign (1776-77).
It took part in the following major battles:

13th Continental Regiment

Authorized on April 23, 1775 in the Massachusetts State Troops as Read's Regiment.

The regiment was organized in spring 1775 at Roxbury to consist of 10 companies from southwestern Suffolk County, southeastern Worcester County and Bristol.

Adopted on June 14, 1775 into the Continental Army and assigned to the Main Continental Army.

It was assigned to the on July 22, 1775 to Spencer's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Consolidated on January 1, 1776 with Walker's Regiment and David Brewer's Regiment and consolidated unit redesignated as the 13th Continental Regiment, an element of Spencer's Brigade to consist of 8 companies.

Reassigned on January 24, 1776 from Spencer's Brigade and assigned to Thomas' Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Reassigned on April 24, 1776 from Thomas' Brigade and assigned to Heath's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Reassigned on August 12, 1776 from Heath's Brigade and assigned to Clinton's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Reassigned on November 5, 1776 from Clinton's Brigade and assigned to McDougall's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Reassigned on December 11, 1776 from McDougall's Brigade and assigned to Sargent's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Disbanded (less Peter' and Walbridge's Companies) in January 1777 at Morristown, New Jersey; Peters' Company re-organized and redesignated on January 1, 1777 as Warren's Company, Bailey's Regiment and Walbridge's Company re-organized and redesignated 1 January 1777 as Goodale's Company, Putnam's Regiment.

Significant Campaigns and Battles

The regiment would see action during the Siege of Boston (1775–1776) and the New York and New Jersey Campaign (1776-77).
It took part in the following major battles:

14th Continental Regiment

Authorized on April 23, 1775 in the Massachusetts State Troops as Glover's Regiment.

The regiment was organized in spring 1775 at Marblehead to consist of ten companies from Marblehead in Essex County.

Adopted on June 14, 1775 into the Continental Army and assigned to the Main Continental Army.

Re-organized and redesignated 1 January 1, 1776 as the 14th Continental Regiment, an element of the Vacant Brigade, to consist of eight companies.

Vacant Brigade redesignated on February 16, 1776 as Frye's Brigade

Reassigned on April 4, 1776 from the Main Continental Army and assigned to the Eastern Department.

Reassigned on July 20, 1776 from the Eastern Department and assigned to the Main Continental Army.

It was assigned to the on August 12, 1776 to Stirling's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Reassigned on August 16, 1776 from Stirling's Brigade and assigned to Fellows' Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Reassigned on August 31, 1776 from Fellows' Brigade and assigned to Clinton's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Disbanded on December 31, 1776 in eastern Pennsylvania

Significant Campaigns and Battles

The regiment would see action during the New York and New Jersey Campaign (1776-77). It took part in the following major battles:

15th Continental Regiment

1st Massachusetts Regiment and Paterson's Regiment
On 1 January 1776 the 1st Massachusetts Regiment (less Morse's and Watkin's Companies) was consolidated with Sayer's and Sullivan's companies of Scammon's Regiment; re-organized to eight companies and redesignated as the 15th Continental Regiment of Heath's Brigade.

More's Company consolidated with Prescott's Regiment (7th Continental Regiment) and Watkin's Company consolidated with Phinney's Regiment (12th Continental Regiment).

Reassigned on January 24, 1776 from Heath's Brigade and assigned to the Vacant Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Vacant Brigade regesignated on February 16, 1776 as Frye's Brigade.

Reassigned on April 15, 1776 from Frye's Brigade and assigned to the Canadian Department.

Reassigned on July 2, 1776 from the Canadian Department and assigned to the Northern Department.
It was assigned on July 20, 1776 to Reed's Brigade, an element of the Northern Department.

Reed's Brigade redesignated on August 11, 1776 as Paterson's Brigade.

Reassigned on November 26, 1776 from Paterson's Brigade and assigned to St. Clair's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

On January 1, 1777 it was consolidated with 2 companies formed from the 18th Continental Regiment and 2 companies formed from the 6th Continental Regiment and consolidated unit redesignated as Vose's Regiment, to consist of 8 companies.designated the 1st Massachusetts Regiment (but was also referred to as Vose's Regiment after its colonel, Joseph Vose).

See 1st Massachusetts Regiment for more information.

16th Continental Regiment

aka 8th Massachusetts Regiment and Sargent's Regiment
On 1 January 1776 the 8th Massachusetts Regiment re-organized to eight companies and redesignated as the 16th Continental Regiment an element of Vacant's Brigade.

Reassigned on January 24, 1776 from Vacant's Brigade and assigned to Heath's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Reassigned on April 4, 1776 from Heath's Brigade and assigned to the Eastern Department.

Reassigned on July 11, 1776 from the Eastern Department and assigned to Main Continental Army.
It was assigned on August 12, 1776 to Mifflin's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Reassigned on August 31 from Mifflin's Brigade and assigned to Sargent's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

ReOrganized and redesignated on January 1, 1777 as Michael Jackson's Regiment, to consist of 8 companies. See 8th Massachusetts Regiment for more information.

17th Continental Regiment

aka 8th Connecticut Regiment
As part of the January 1, 1776, organization of the Continental Army, Huntington's 8th Connecticut Regiment became the 17th Continental Regiment.

Originally planned to have a strength of 728 officers and men, by the end of January the 17th only had about 400, as did most of the other regiments.

On March 4, the 17th regiment was one of those ordered to take and hold Dorchester Heights, the action that ended the siege by forcing the British to evacuate Boston. The day following the end of the siege, Washington began moving the army to New York, and by April 22, Huntington and most of his unit were in position there.

Huntington's regiment began fortifying New York City in anticipation of a British attack and it was here they heard of the Declaration of Independence.

The 17th had lost men during the Boston siege due to illness and desertion, which continued in New York.

On about August 19, Colonel Huntington became seriously ill, possibly with malaria, and was unable to perform his duties, so his second in command Lt. Col. Joel Clark replaced him.

On August 24, the regiment was ordered to the Brooklyn front. Because it was so under strength it was placed under the command of Gen. Parsons and combined with Col. Atlee's Pennsylvania regiment.

When the Battle of Long Island was fought on the 27th, most of Huntington's regiment was surrounded and taken as prisoners, including Lt. Col. Clark, who died in captivity. The few men left of Huntington's regiment joined the main army under the command of Gen. Heath and evacuated with them as they fled New York.

The 17th was never rebuilt and it ceased to exist when enlistments expired at the end of December, although many of the men continued to serve. See 8th Connecticut Regiment for more information.

Significant Campaigns and Battles

The regiment would see action during the Siege of Boston (1775–1776), New York and New Jersey Campaign (1776-77) and the Philadelphia Campaign 1777-78.
It took part in the following major battles:

18th Continental Regiment

aka 12th Massachusetts Regiment and Phinney's Regiment
On 1 January 1776 the 12th Massachusetts Regiment consolidated with the Scammon's Regiment > and Watkin's Company, Peterson's Regiment and re-organized to eight companies and redesignated as the 16th Continental Regiment an element of Heath's Brigade.

on January 1, 1776 with Scammon's Regiment and Watkin's Company, Peterson's Regiment and consolidated unit redesignated as the 18th Continental Regiment, to consist of 8 companies; an element of Heath's Brigade.

Reassigned on April 4, 1776 from Heath's Brigade and assigned to the Eastern Department.

Reassigned on August 3, 1776 from the Eastern Department and assigned to the Northern Department.
It was assigned on September 4, 1776 to Patterson's Brigade, an element of the Northern Department.

Reassigned on November 14, 1776 from Patterson's Brigade.

Re-oOrganized and redesignated (less 2 companies) on January 1, 1777 as Samuel Brewer's Regiment, an element of the Northern Department, to consist of 8 companies; 2 companies concurrently consolidated with the 15th Continental Regiment. See 12th Massachusetts Regiment for more information.

19th Continental Regiment

aka Webb's Connecticut Regiment and 7th Connecticut Provincial Regiment
The 19th Continental Regiment was a unit of the Connecticut Line in the 1776 establishment of the Continental Army. It is a successor to Webb's Connecticut Regiment (also known as the 7th Connecticut Provincial Regiment), which was part of the 1775 establishment, and it continued to be commanded by Col. Charles Webb.

The 7th Connecticut Regiment Re-organized and re-designated on January 1, 1776 as the 19th Continental Regiment, to consist of 8 companies.
Reassigned on January 24, 1776 from Sullivan's Brigade and assigned to Spencer's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Reassigned on April 24, 1776 from Spencer's Brigade and assigned to Sullivan's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Reassigned on April 29, 1776 from Sullivan's Brigade and assigned to Stirling's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Reassigned on August 12, 1776 from Stirling's Brigade and assigned to McDougall's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Reassigned on November 5, 1776 from McDougall's Brigade and assigned to Glover's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Active during the New York and New Jersey campaign, it was on the lines but did not fight at the Battle of Long Island. It saw action at the Battle of White Plains and retreated with George Washington's army to Pennsylvania in late 1776. It then participated in the Battle of Trenton. Some of its men chose to overstay their enlistment and also saw action in the Battle of the Assunpink Creek and the Battle of Princeton in early 1777.

With the reorganization of the Continental Army at the end of 1776, the regiment became the 2nd Connecticut Regiment. Disbanded on February 15, 1777 at Morristown, New Jersey. See 2d Connecticut Regiment for more information.

Significant Campaigns and Battles

The regiment would see action during the Siege of Boston (1775–1776) and the New York and New Jersey Campaign (1776-77).
It took part in the following major battles:

20th Continental Regiment

aka 2nd Connecticut Provincial Regiment
The 2d Connecticut Regiment was organized between May 1-20, 1775 to consist of 10 companies from Hartford County. The 22nd Continental Regiment was formed on January 1, 1776, (to consist of 8 companies) when the 2nd Connecticut Regt (1775) of Spencer's Brigade in the Main Continental Army was re-designated.

Spencer's Brigade redesignated on August 12, 1776 as Parson's Brigade. Parson's Brigade relieved on November 12, 1776 from assignment to the Main Continental Army and assigned to the Highland's Department. Reassigned on November 12, 1776 from parson's Brigade and assigned to Marcer's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

On 12 August 1776 Spencer's Brigade was re-designated as Parson's Brigade and on 12 November 1776 the brigade was reassigned to the Highland's Department. The regiment was reassigned to Mercer's Brigade of the Main Continental Army on the same date.

The regiment was disbanded on 31 December 1776 at Peekskill, New York.

21th Continental Regiment

Authorized on April 23, 1775 in the Massachusetts State Troops as Ward's Regiment.

The regiment was organized in spring 1775 at Roxbury to consist of 10 companies from eastern Worcester and Middlesex and Hampshire Counties.

Adopted on June 14, 1775 into the Continental Army and assigned to the Main Continental Army.

It was assigned to the on July 22, 1775 to Thomas' Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Consolidated on January 1, 1776 with Fellows' Regiment and Benson's and Bradford's Companies, Cotton's Regiment and consolidated unit redesignated as the 21st Continental Regiment, an element of Thomas' Brigade to consist of 8 companies.

Reassigned on April 24, 1776 from Thomas' Brigade and assigned to Spencer's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Reassigned on August 12, 1776 from Spencer's Brigade and assigned to Parson's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Reassigned on September 18, 1776 from Parson's Brigade and assigned to Sargent's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Consolidated (less Clap's and King's Companies) on January 1, 1777 with the 26th Continental Regiment and consolidated unit redesignated Wesson's Regiment; concurrently Claps' Company re-organized and redesignated as Dunham's Company, Bailey's Regiment and King's Company re-organized and redesignated as Alvord's Company, Shepard's Regiment.

Significant Campaigns and Battles

The regiment would see action during the Siege of Boston (1775–1776) and the New York and New Jersey Campaign (1776-77). It took part in the following major battles:

22nd Continental Regiment

Authorized on April 23, 1775 in the Massachusetts State Troops as Ward's Regiment.

The regiment was organized in spring 1775 at Roxbury to consist of 10 companies from eastern Worcester and Middlesex and Hampshire Counties.

Adopted on June 14, 1775 into the Continental Army and assigned to the Main Continental Army.

It was assigned to the on July 22, 1775 to Thomas' Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Consolidated on January 1, 1776 with Fellows' Regiment and Benson's and Bradford's Companies, Cotton's Regiment and consolidated unit redesignated as the 21st Continental Regiment, an element of Thomas' Brigade to consist of 8 companies.

Reassigned on April 24, 1776 from Thomas' Brigade and assigned to Spencer's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Reassigned on August 12, 1776 from Spencer's Brigade and assigned to Parson's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Reassigned on September 18, 1776 from Parson's Brigade and assigned to Sargent's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Consolidated (less Clap's and King's Companies) on January 1, 1777 with the 26th Continental Regiment and consolidated unit redesignated Wesson's Regiment; concurrently Claps' Company re-organized and redesignated as Dunham's Company, Bailey's Regiment and King's Company re-organized and redesignated as Alvord's Company, Shepard's Regiment.

Significant Campaigns and Battles

The regiment would see action during the Siege of Boston (1775–1776) and the New York and New Jersey Campaign (1776-77). It took part in the following major battles:

23rd Continental Regiment

aka 2nd Massachusetts Regiment and Thomas' Regiment and Bailey's Regiment
ley's Regiment
On 1 January 1776 the 2nd Massachusetts Regiment consolidated withCotton's Regiment and re-organized to eight companies and redesignated as the 23rd Continental Regiment, an element of Thomas' Brigade, to consist of 8 companies.

Reassigned on April 24, 1776 from Thomas' Brigade and assigned to Heath's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Reassigned on August 12, 1776 from Heath's Brigade and assigned to the Clinton's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Reassigned on August 31, 1776 from Clinton's Brigade and assigned to the Nixon's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Reassigned on August 12, 1776 from Nixon's Brigade and assigned to the Clinton's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

consolidated on January 1, 1777 with the 7th Continental Regiment and Clap's Company, 21st Continental Regiment and Peter's Company, 13th Continental Regiment and consolidated unit redesignated as Baily's Regiment, to consist of 8 companies. See 2nd Massachusetts Regiment for more information.

24th Continental Regiment

aka 3rd Massachusetts Regiment and Heath's Regiment, and Greaton's Regiment

On 1 January 1776 the 3rd Massachusetts Regiment consolidated with Craft's Company, Gardner's Regiment and re-organized to eight companies and re-designated as the 24th Continental Regiment, an element of Heath's Brigade.

Reassigned on April 15, 1776 from Heath's Brigade and assigned to the Canadian Department.

Reassigned on July 2, 1776 the Canadian Department and assigned to the Northern Department.
It was assigned on July 20, 1776 to Arnold's Brigade, an element of the Northern Department.

Arnold's Brigade re-designated on October 26, 1776 as Poor's Brigade.

Reassigned on November 26, 1776 from Poor's Brigade and assigned to the Vose's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Vose's Brigade re-designated on December 18, 1776 as McDougall's Brigade.

On January 1, 1777 consolidated (less Bent's and Whiting's Companies) with the 25th Continental Regiment and consolidated unit re-designated as Greaton's Regiment, to consist of 8 companies. Bent's and Whiting's Companies concurrently reorganized and re designated as Fairfield's and Pillsbury's Companies, Wigglesworth's Regiment. See 3rd Massachusetts Regiment for more information.

25th Continental Regiment

Mustered into active service on April 19, 1775.

Authorized on April 23, 1775 in the Massachusetts State Troops as Gardner's Regiment. Elements continued in the county as as 1st Middlesex County Regiment as depot and for local defense. The regiment consisted of eight companies, and was to have a total strength of over 700 men. Each company was commanded by a captain, and consisted of 76 privates, 4 corporals, 4 sergeants, 1 ensign, 2 lieutenants, 1 fifer and 1 drummer. Soldiers enlisted for one year.

The regiment was organized in spring 1775 at Cambridge to consist of 10 companies from southeastern Middlesex County and Suffolk County.

Adopted on June 14, 1775 into the Continental Army and assigned to the Main Continental Army.

It was assigned to the on July 22, 1775 to Greene's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Consolidated (less Craft's Company) on January 1, 1776 with Mayhew's Company, Cotton's Regiment and Epery's Company, Danielson's Regiment and consolidated unit re-designated as the 25th Continental Regiment, an element of Greene's Brigade to consist of 8 companies; concurrently Craft's Company re-organized and re-designated as Craft's Company, 24th Continental Regiment.

Reassigned on April 15, 1776 from Main Continental Army and assigned to the Canadian Department.

Reassigned on July 2, 1776 from Canadian Department and assigned to the Northern Department.

It was assigned to the on July 20, 1776 to Arnold's Brigade, an element of the Northern Department.

Arnold's Brigade re-designated 26 October 1776 as Poor's Brigade.

Reassigned on November 26, 1776 from Poor's Brigade and assigned to Vose's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Vose's Brigade re-designated on December 18, 1776 as McDougall's Brigade.

Consolidated (less Mayhew's Company) on January 1, 1777 with the 24th Continental Regiment and consolidated unit re-designated Greaton's Regiment; concurrently Mayhew's Company re-organized and re-designated as Warren's Company, Alden's Regiment.

Significant Campaigns and Battles

The regiment would see action during the Siege of Boston (1775–1776) and the Invasion of Quebec (1775). It took part in the following major battles:

  • Battle of Bunker Hill (1775)
  • Siege of Boston (1775) - The regiment served outside Boston through March of 1776. In March, the arrival of cannon from Fort Ticonderoga led to the British evacuating the city on March 17, 1776. General Washington expected the British would move to New York City, and ordered the regiment to join American forces already there.
  • Battle of Valcour Island (1776) - The 25th Regiment was at Mount Independence until November. Throughout the Revolution, the Champlain Valley and surrounding area played a key role in the History of the Adirondacks and United States. The troops built extensive fortifications and prepared for a British attack from the north. Brigadier General Benedict Arnold supervised the building and outfitting of a fleet of gunboats to delay the British. (One of these, the Philadelphia, has been raised from the lake and is in the Smithsonian. A copy, the Philadelphia II, can be seen at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Basin Harbor, Vermont.) Although Arnold's fleet was defeated, the British abandoned there attack as a result of the delay, and the strength of the fortifications at Ticonderoga and Mount Independence.

26th Continental Regiment

aka 9th Massachusetts Regiment and Gerrish's Regiment

On 1 January 1776, the remnant of Gerrish's Regiment, also known in the 1775 army establishment as the 25th Massachusetts, consolidated with Craft's Company, Gardner's Regiment and re-organized to eight companies and redesignated as the 26th Continental Regiment, an element of Heath's Brigade.

Reassigned on August 12, 1776 from Heath's Brigade and assigned to Clinton's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

On January 1, 1777, the 26th Continental Regiment merged with 21st Continental Regiment and consolidated unit redesigned as Wesson's Regiment, to consist of 8 companies. See 9th Massachusetts Regiment for more information.

27th Continental Regiment

aka 5th Massachusetts Regiment and Mansfield's Regiment

On 1 January 1776, the remnant of Mansfield's Regiment, also known in the 1775 army establishment as the 5th Massachusetts, re-organized to eight companies and redesignated as the 27th Continental Regiment, an element of Vacant Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Vacant's Brigade redesignated on February 16, 1776 as Frye's Brigade.

Reassigned on April 4, 1776 from Frye's Brigade and assigned to the Eastern Department.

Reassigned on July 11, 1776 from the Eastern Department and assigned to the Main Continental Army.
It was assigned on August 12, 1776 to Mifflin's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

Mifflin's Brigade redesignated on October 8, 1776 as Stirling's Brigade.

Reassigned on October 15, 1776 from Stirling's Brigade and assigned to Clinton's Brigade, an element of the Main Continental Army.

On January 1, 1777, the 27th Continental Regiment merged with Walbridge's Company, 13th Continental Regiment and re-designated as Putnam's Regiment, to consist of 8 companies. See 5th Massachusetts Regiment for more information.