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Ninth Massachusetts Regiment

Braintree, Massachusetts

The Ninth Massachusetts formed in 1975 in Braintree, MA. under its original name the Braintree 3rd Volunteer Militia. During the "great event" celebration of July 4, 1976 a call went out to recreate the major events of the revolution. We abandoned our rabble militia garb and acquired the correct clothing and equipage of the American Continental Army. Thus began the Ninth Massachusetts Regiment of Foot.

The Ninth Massachusetts is a member of the Continental Line.

History

IX Massachusetts Regiment

1776-1783

      The IX Massachusetts Regiment of Foot, Continental Line was created on November 1, 1776. The unit served until January I, 1783 when, in compliance with the general order of December 24, 1782, the unit was disbanded.

      The regiment had two commanders, Colonel James Wesson who served from November I, 1776 to January 1,1781 and Colonel Henry Jackson who commanded from January 1,1781 to January 1,1783. The regiment was a part of Learned's Brigade which consisted of the 2nd Mass, 8th Mass, the 9th and, some say, the 1st Canadian regiment. When in battle formation the regiment was always positioned in the second line of the left wing, between the 3rd Mass and the 6th Mass. Overall command was under Major General Sterling.

      The regiment served, as did all Massachusetts units, in what was known as the Northern Department during the war. It participated at Fort Stanwix, Saratoga and Valley Forge. At Valley Forge (1777 -1778) under the command of Col. Wesson and assisted by Lt. Col. James Mellen, it was incorporated by Lt. Col. James Mellen, into Major General Dekalb's division.

IX Massachusetts Regiment

1975-

      Our group formed in 1975 in Braintree, MA. under its original name the Braintree 3rd Volunteer Militia. During the "great event" celebration of July 4, 1976 a call went out to recreate the major events of the revolution. We aban­doned our rabble militia garb and acquired the correct clothing and equipage of the American Continental Army. Thus began the Ninth Massachusetts Regiment of Foot.

We have traveled to the major American Revolution battle re-enactment sites including Camden and Ninety­Six, SC, Brandywine P A, Castine ME, Bennington and Hubbarton VT, Yorktown VA, as well as many events, parades and encampments in Massachusetts. We have a close relationship to West Point NY (USMA) due to association with Braintree Historical Society, the Sylvanus Thayer Birthplace (Father of WestPoint), and the death of Deminic Trant, first burial at West Point.

      It is known that the issued regimental coat should have had red facings but, due to the shortage of dyed material, buff facings were most likely substituted. Recent information suggests blue coats with white buff facings, green or plaid waistcoats, buff trousers and buckled shoes. Research of the regiment is ongoing.

 

The Braintree Gazette

A blog dedicated to news of the Ninth Massachusetts Regiment

 
 

How to Join

      The 9th Mass Regiment is a group of people who have a common interest in the 18th Century and the American Revolution, and a genuine enjoyment in bringing it to life. The 9th Mass Regiment is a member unit of the Continental Line. The Line is a national organization of 18th century military units, which helps to set standards and coordinate major battle re-enactments.

Membership in the 9th Mass Regiment is open to men and women from all walks of life, as individuals or entire families. Minimum age for members is 16 years unless a parent or guardian is also a member.

Those who wish to take part in a true "Living History" role, join as soldiers, musicians, camp followers, or civilians. We have a militia unit portrayal known as the Braintree Third Volunteer Militia. This organization takes part in local events such as parades and ceremonies. The uniforms of each unit are different as well.

Members pursue not only military aspects, but also trades of the late 18th Century. The military aspects include camping, uniforming, military drill, medical, and the use of firearms. Your particular interest may take us into fields we have not yet explored.

Our uniforms and equipment requirements are similar to most other units. We strive for authenticity. New members are allowed a time period to assemble a full 'kit' of required uniform and equipment. Attendance is mandatory at drills to learn the marching steps and manual of arms. This is for safety as well as authenticity.

If you have an interest in the 18th Century history, or would like to learn more, you submit a 9th Massachusetts Interest Form.

We meet approximately every month, depending on the season at locations locally.