Virginia Militia, Guilford Courthouse, 1781

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Sculpture: Oriol Quin
Painting: Fernando Ruiz
Material: Resin
Number of parts of the kit: 10
Scale: 75mm
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At the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War, there was not such an American Army as such. The main force who opposed the British troops, besides the famous Minutemen, were members of preexisting militias that were organized, equipped, and trained in a diverse way.

These militias were heirs of the English Trained Bands, corps of local men that were called to fight for king and country when required. They included a wide array of members, from inexperienced civilians to hardened veterans of the Franco-Indian War. Sometimes they were fully equipped and uniformed and other times they were marching in civilian clothing. The normal sight was a mix of both tendencies. All this variety implied that the performance of these units was very variable.

As the war went on, the Continental Congress made huge efforts to standardize and improve the equipment, uniforms, training, and leadership of these units, which were to become the basis for the first units of the Continental Army and a valuable complement to them. That was the case of the Virginia Militia; they evolved from shameful acting at the Battle of Camden, where they fled as soon as they made contact with the British, to a very brave stand and skirmishing action at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, only seven months later.

In our miniature, we have portrayed one of those iconic militiamen, with the typical attire mix of uniform and civil garments along with an imported French Charleville musket. This figure can be painted in several combinations of uniform and also as stated in the Continental Uniform regulations.

Note: This is a resin miniature kit that requires assembly and painting.