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Who are these fearsome “Rogers Rangers?”
Well, for starters, Nathan had the unpleasant task of meeting them once before, back in Issue #13. After that encounter I think he showered twice and still felt dirty.
Strangely enough, Rogers Rangers were actually the French & Indian War prototype for Knowlton’s Rangers. Young sixteen-year-old Thomas Knowlton who fought in that war with his big brother Capt. Daniel Knowlton most assuredly looked up to Rogers and his Rangers and their successful raids. Considering to this day the US Army traces its roots to Rogers Rangers, it would be no surprise to find that Knowlton had modeled his own unit after Rogers’.
According to legend, when revolution broke out in America, Rogers offered his services to George Washington but was refused. Perhaps because Washington thought Rogers was a spy. Perhaps because he wouldn’t pay Rogers what he wanted. At one point Rogers was arrested as a spy by the Committee of Safety but was released. One thing was apparent: Rogers was not to be Washington’s man.
Rogers, who had received an officer’s pay long after the French & Indian War, also had strong ties to the British colonial government. Unfortunately by the onset of the Revolutionary War he had suffered numerous setbacks, including a counterfeit scandal, a trip to debtors prison, a stint as royal governor in Michigan which ended in his trial for treason, and a fondness for the bottle which was eroding his reputation. His wife filed divorce for infidelity.
After Washington denied Rogers’ request, Rogers was given permission by the king to form a new group of Rangers to fight for the British. But it shouldn’t be alarming that by this point he was most often seen coming or leaving taverns.
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