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The minutemen were said "always ready in a minutes notice" where the militia men were just volunteer soldiers with little to no training.

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American militia. The minute men were American militia that would be ready to fight on a minutes notice during the American Revolution.


During the American Revolutionary War, the militia men who were ready at a moments notice were called Minutemen. They were mainly composed of young men who could be mobile.


Minute Men were the militia of the colonies, or villagers who could be ready to fight within minutes. Hence the name, minute men.


The Revolutionary war. The first two battles of the Rev. war were Lexington and Concord. Minutemen were the militia men who faught both these battles.


The Minutemen in Virginia were volunteers called forth from the Virginia militia. They trained more often then the regular militia to enhance unit cohesion and effectiveness to mass firepower as was the standard tactic of 18th century warfare. The Minutemen were merely better trained than the regular militia. In Virginia the militia and the Minutemen were required at all times to be armed and ready to immediately repel invasions and insurrections. The Minutemen were actually a reconstituted form of the Independent Companies started by George Mason and came into existence after the Independent companies were under the central control of the Virginia Committee of Safety. The state of Virginia was divided into 16 military districts and the minutemen were formed. They only lasted one year from July 1775 to October 1776 as the severe military manpower shortage in the Continental line drew down the available men required to constitute the companies. They were then folded back into the regular militia. George Mason Jr. was a member of the Minutemen. For actual Acts of the Colony of Virginia creating the Minutemen see http://www.virginia1774.org/MilitiaActs.html Rudolph DiGiacinto Founder &c. Virginia1774.org


Militia existed in the colonies long before the American Revolution. With the exception of Pennsylvania, colonies required most able-bodied men to own weapons, to be willing to be called for periodic training, and to defend their communities from attack, primarily by Indians. This was the colonial militia. Minutemen came into being in the wake of the crisis in Boston, in 1774. Essentially, they were a reorganized militia, rid of any vestiges of loyalty to the crown, and trained, far more extensively than they had been previously, so that they could "turn out" at a minute's notice.


Actually "minute men" were special units within the militia units. They were like our seal teams today. They were given special training and expected to respond within a minute. I just read an article by a historian on his research on them. So, it wasn't the whole militia, but a smaller group within.


Minutemenwere members of teams of select men from the American colonial partisan militia during the American revolutionary war. They provided a highly mobile, rapidly deployed force that allowed the colonies to respond immediately to war threats.The minutemen were among the first people to fight in the American Revolution. Their teams constituted about a quarter of the entire militia. Generally younger and more mobile, they served as part of a network for early response.


They were New England colonists who were part of their local militia. They were given the nickname "minutemen" because they were suppose to be ready to fight at a minutes notice.


The minutemen were the colonial men who would fight the British.


Militia existed in the colonies long before the American Revolution. With the exception of Pennsylvania, colonies required most able-bodied men to own weapons, to be willing to be called for periodic training, and to defend their communities from attack, primarily by Indians. This was the colonial militia. Minutemen came into being in the wake of the crisis in Boston, in 1774. Essentially, they were a reorganized militia, rid of any vestiges of loyalty to the crown, and trained, far more extensively than they had been previously, so that they could "turn out" at a minute's notice.


Who Were the Minutemen? Although the terms militia and minutemen are sometimes used interchangeably today, in the 18th century there was a decided difference between the two. Militia were men in arms formed to protect their towns from foreign invasion and ravages of war. Minutemen were a small hand-picked elite force which were required to be highly mobile and able to assemble quickly. Minutemen were selected from militia muster rolls by their commanding officers. Typically 25 years of age or younger, they were chosen for their enthusiasm, reliability, and physical strength. Usually about one quarter of the militia served as Minutemen, performing additional duties as such. The Minutemen were the first armed militia to arrive or await a battle. Although today Minutemen are thought of as connected to the Revolutionary War in America, their existence was conceived in Massachusetts during the mid-seventeenth century. As early as 1645, men were selected from the militia ranks to be dressed with matchlocks or pikes and accoutrements within half an hour of being warned. In 1689 another type of Minuteman company came into existence. Called Snowshoemen, each was to "provide himself with a good pair of snowshoes, one pair of moggisons, and one hatchet" and to be ready to march on a moment's warning. Minutemen also played a role in the French and Indian War in the 1750's. A journal entry from Samuel Thompson, a Massachusetts militia officer, states, "...but when our men were gone, they sent eleven more at one minute's warning, with 3 days provision..." By the time of the Revolution, Minutemen had been a well-trained force for six generations in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Every town had maintained its 'training band'. The adversity that this region faced-Native-American uprisings, war with France, and potential for local insurrections, social unrest, and rioting-provided ample reason to adhere to a sound militia organization. In his recent book, perhaps David Hackett Fischer puts it best, "The muster of the Minutemen in 1775 was the product of many years of institutional development...it was also the result of careful planning and collective effort." (p. 151). By the time of the Revolution, Massachusetts had been training, drilling, and improving their militia for well over a hundred years. Unfortunately, one thing the Minutemen lacked was central leadership. This disadvantage would lead to their dissolution. In February of 1775 Concord was one of the first towns to comply with the order to create Minutemen companies out of the militia. Of approximately 400 militia from Concord's muster rolls, one hundred would also serve as Minutemen. When a battle took place Minutemen companies from several towns combined their units. An officer from the 43rd Regiment of Foot was sent to the North Bridge in Concord with a number of light infantry. Minutemen from Concord, Acton, Littleton, and other towns combined forces. After a few volleys were fired, the British light infantry retreated back to the Concord Common area. Lacking central command, with each company of Minutemen loyal to their own town, they did not pursue the redcoats. In the running battle that ensued fifteen miles back to Boston the Massachusetts militia would see their last action as Minutemen in history. The militia would go on to form an army, surrounding Boston and inflicting heavy casualties on the British army at Bunker and Breed's Hill. Thus, although lacking central command, the Minutemen were still better organized and battle-tested than any other part-time military. They were a vital and necessary force, playing a crucial role in not only the Revolutionary War, but in earlier conflicts. Without these "ready in a minute" men, our history may have been written in a very different way.


374 men were at Concord.


The minutemen were men who would be ready to fight at a minutes notice and usually didn't have training or proper weapons.


No, Justin Bieber was not in the Disney Channel Original Movie, Minutemen.Justin Beiber was never in minutemen.I agree, he may look like the guy in minute men but he was not.


Since the question was ask in the American History FAQ, here is the answer. Minutemen is a name given to members of the militia of the American Colonies, who vowed to be ready for battle in a minute's notice. The term minutemen has also been applied to various later United States' military units to recall the success and patriotism of the originals.


A soldier is part of the armed forces. the armed forces are, well, you know, a giant "constellation". A militia man, however, is just part of a "neighborhood army". Militias were used in the Revolutionary War to fight against the Lobster, Redcoats, British, however you want to say it. Militia men were also called "Minutemen", because they were ready to fight "In a minute of preparation."



Men who are already prepared at the last second.


Minute men are militia men who were able to ready their arms in minutes.


The New England Patriots End Zone Militia is composed of two ten men squad, one for each endzone. When the Patriots score, nine members of the militia (depending on which endzone the Patriots scored in) fire their muskets. The tenth member is the "platoon leader" and directs the volleys.


The leader of the colonial militia at the Battle of Lexington was Captain John Parker, who lost eight men in the fight. At Concord later in the day, the Minutemen were commanded by Colonel James Barrett and Lt. Colonel John Robinson.



They were American Militia men



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