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The King's Orange Rangers - Liverpool, NS
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
N 44° 02.630 W 064° 42.471
20T E 363174 N 4878159
Quick Description: At the site of the old Liverpool Battery, which once defended the town from American Privateers, is a stone cairn bearing several bronze plaques.
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Date Posted: 1/13/2017 4:00:45 PM
Waymark Code: WMTWBV
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member monkeys4ever
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Long Description:
One of those plaques contains a short account of the King's Orange Rangers, a regiment of United Empire Loyalists who emigrated from the U.S. to Nova Scotia to protect the British citizens and their property from raids by American Privateers during the American Revolution.

Formally disbanded in 1783, the The King's Orange Rangers lives on in an organization based out of Liverpool, Nova Scotia. The group is "a non-profit organization composed of volunteers who share a desire to preserve and promote Canada's history, specifically from the period of the American Revolution".

The cairn is in what is now Fort Point Lighthouse Park, at the eastern end of Liverpool's Main Street. The text from the plaque follows.

KING'S ORANGE RANGERS
1775 - 1783

This Royal Provincial (Loyalist) Regiment was raised in New York in 1775. It saw action in New Jersey and New York and was redeployed to Nova Scotia in November 1778. On December 13, Captain John Howard's Company came to Liverpool to protect against depredations by rebel American privateers. KOR soldiers sailed on local vessels against the energy and travelled by foot and boat along the South Shore in pursuit of rebels and deserters. On September 13, 1780, two KOR soldiers traitorously assisted American privateer Captain Benjamin Cole in capturing Fort Point. The local militia under Colonel Perkins drove the rebels out restoring the KOR to its garrison. There was considerable intermarriage between local women and KOR soldiers, many of whom remained in Nova Scotia after the war. The regiment left Liverpool in August 11 and was disbanded later that year. This plaque is dedicated to the King's Orange Rangers and their families by the
KOR Re-enactment Society.


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The Story of The King's Orange Rangers

William Bayard of Greenwich Village, New York, was determined to support the Crown in the civil war we now call the American Revolution. He did so in 1776 by forming the King's Orange Rangers, a Royal Provincial Loyalist Regiment comprised mainly of men from New York and New Jersey.

The KOR saw action in coastal New Jersey. They were present at actions in Kingsbridge, Harlem Heights, and Fort Knyphausen in New York. Gaining a reputation for fractiousness, they were assigned to duties in Nova Scotia in 1778. As part of the Halifax garrison, they served in the Eastern Battery in Dartmouth and from time to time went on missions to the Annapolis Valley.

Captain John Howard's Company of the KOR came to Liverpool at the request of the local citizens. They arrived December 13, 1778 and remained until August 23, 1783. Their purpose was to deter rebel privateers which since 1776, had been harassing the people and stealing their property.

At first the KOR was quartered in the Town, but this lead to many fights between them and the local men, especially around the taverns. Simeon Perkins and Captain Howard quickly decided it would be better to have the soldiers moved out of Town to Fort Point. Deploying out of Liverpool, the KOR responded to rumours of rebel presence along the shore from La Have to Barrington. Often they returned to Liverpool with rebel prisoners and Crown deserters, sometimes from the KOR itself.

In the early years the KOR were often used as marines. Local vessels, crewed by Liverpool sailors and filled with soldiers from the KOR, sallied out of Liverpool Bay to attack Congress privateers. Perkin's diary makes several references to such actions. When not on duty, men of the KOR earned extra money to support their families by working as local labourers. Perkins provides the names of many of these men and women who were so far from homes which they increasingly came to understand, would never see again.

The darkest moment for the KOR came on September 13, 1780 when six of their own men helped rebel privateers capture Fort Point and most of their comrades. It was only the coolness of Colonel Perkins and the determination of the Queen's County Militia which saved the Town and the day. In spite of this debacle, the KOR continued to provide valuable support for the community until the end of the American Revolution. With the arrival of peace, the King's Orange Rangers along with all of the other Loyalist corps were disbanded.Many left for St. John to take up soldier grants there. Others quietly returned to the new United States to try to re-establish themselves there. A few like Sergeant Fadey and Jesse Philips chose to make Liverpool their home.

Thus the King's Orange Rangers faded from history and out of memory .....until 1996...
From the King's Orange Rangers

Group that erected the marker: The KOR Re-enactment Society

URL of a web site with more information about the history mentioned on the sign: [Web Link]

Address of where the marker is located. Approximate if necessary:
Fort Point Lighthouse Park
21 Fort Point Road
Liverpool, NS Canada
B0T 1G0


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