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Capt John Murray, Sr (1747-1833)

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#1 Bluehawk

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 07:21 PM

Gradually working my way through the ancestry, and came across this fellow in the maternal line. Trying to figure out which unit(s) he might have served with perhaps in Maryland. He was from Baltimore.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 09:33 PM

Here is a list of Maryland Units.

The Maryland Line was a formation within the Continental Army. The term "Maryland Line" referred to the quota of numbered infantry regiments assigned to Maryland at various times by the Continental Congress. These, together with similar contingents from the other twelve states, formed the Continental Line. The concept was particularly important in relation to the promotion of commissioned officers. Officers of the Continental Army below the rank of brigadier general were ordinarily ineligible for promotion except in the line of their own state.

Not all Continental infantry regiments raised in a state were part of a state quota, however. On December 27, 1776, the Continental Congress gave Washington temporary control over certain military decisions that the Congress ordinarily regarded as its own prerogative. These “dictatorial powers” included the authority to raise sixteen additional Continental infantry regiments at large.

Forman’s, Gist’s, Grayson’s, and Hartley’s Regiments were partially drawn from Maryland.[1]

Still other Continental infantry regiments and smaller units, also unrelated to a state quota, were raised as needed for special or temporary service.

The Maryland Line has a reputation of being among the best of the Continental Army. Because of the long service of the high quality regiments, George Washington, according to tradition, referred to the Maryland units as his "Old Line," giving Maryland one of its nicknames as "The Old Line State."[2]

The Maryland Line was assigned a quota of 8 regiments in 1777, which was reduced to 5 in 1781. The regiments of the line were:

1st Maryland Regiment, disbanded in 1783
2nd Maryland Regiment, disbanded in 1783
3rd Maryland Regiment, disbanded in 1783
4th Maryland Regiment, disbanded in 1783
5th Maryland Regiment, disbanded in 1783
6th Maryland Regiment, disbanded in 1781
7th Maryland Regiment, disbanded in 1781
German Battalion (counted as half a regiment against the quota), disbanded in 1781
Maryland and Virginia Rifle Regiment (counted as half a regiment against the quota), disbanded in 1781
2ND Independent Maryland Company - Somerset County absorbed into the 2nd Maryland Regiment in 1781

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 05:30 AM

m1a, thank you so much for that. I truly appreciate it, and with your permission will post it to his biography as a guide for future generations.

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:56 AM

m1a, thank you so much for that. I truly appreciate it, and with your permission will post it to his biography as a guide for future generations.



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