New York Provincial Company of Artillery

New York Provincial Company of Artillery

"Alexander Hamilton (1757–1804) in the Uniform of the New York Artillery" by Alonzo Chappel (1828–1887)
New York Provincial Company of Artillery
Active 1776
Allegiance Province of New York (later - State of New York)
Type militia
Role coastal artillery, field artillery
Part of New York Militia
Engagements Battle of Long Island, Battle of Harlem Heights, Battle of White Plains, Battle of Trenton
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Alexander Hamilton

During the American Revolutionary War, the New York Provincial Company of Artillery was created by the New York Provincial Congress in 1776 to defend New York City from British attack.

History

The commander-in-chief, for much of the remainder of the war.

The New York Provincial Company of Artillery is considered the ancestor of the 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery, which therefore holds the distinction of being the oldest active unit in the U.S. Army.[3]

References

  1. ^ Chernow, Ron. Alexander Hamilton. Penguin Press, (2004) (ISBN 1-59420-009-2).
  2. ^ McCullough, David. 1776. Simon & Schuster (May 24, 2005). ISBN 0-7432-2671-2
  3. ^ : "9. What is the oldest unit in the Army? The oldest unit in the active Army is the 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery, which perpetuates the Alexander Hamilton Battery of the Revolutionary War." originally accessed 22 September 2008

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