13th Continental Regiment/Rehoboth Minutemen

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  • The 13th Continental Regiment was formed by consolidating the remnants of Timothy Walker’s Regiment and David Brewer’s Regiment with the remnant of Read’s Regiment. Colonel Joseph Read commanded this regiment throughout 1776. As a regiment on the right wing of the army at Boston, it was ordered to furnish details for the Fortification of Dorchester Heights. Read’s regiment remained with the Main Army, moving to New York City in April. The 13th served in Trenton and Princeton.

    Reorganized and commissioned in 1992 by the town of Rehoboth for our 350th anniversary celebrations, in 1993, the unit provided military support for the “reclamation” or “takeover” ceremonies of the original Rehoboth township which encompassed the following communities: Attleboro, North Attleboro, Seekonk,and Swansea, Mass., Cumberland, Pawtucket, East Providence, Barrington, Warren and Bristol, R.I.. The members of the Company were all town committee members for Rehoboth’s Revolutionary War Encampment and Battle held October 1993.

    Since our founding, we have taken part in numerous parades, ceremonies, encampments, and battle re-enactments for various communities. The present recreated group portrays the original 1774 unit in civilian dress, accouterments, and firearms. Individuals and families are encouraged to participate with the unit as musket men, drummers, and fifers.

    In 1995, the unit was incorporated as a non-profit, educational organization by its present members, and has joined such organized groups such as the Continental Line, The Burning of the Valleys Military Association, Inc., The Living History Association and a proud member of the Commanders Round Table. The Continental Line is a body of Revolutionary War re-enacting groups such as ours dedicated to living history education. The unit is always looking for new members.

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