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
Minute men are militia men who were able to ready their arms in minutes.
The Minute Men and Militia.
The "minute men " were a special units within the general militia. They were more like our rangers or seals of today. The first minute men unit to engage the British was in Concord. We have done a disservice to these brave men by not recognizing them as a special unit in the revolution. Usually the term "minute man" is used to refer to the entire militia and that is not what they were.
Minute Men were the militia of the colonies, or villagers who could be ready to fight within minutes. Hence the name, minute men.
American militia. The minute men were American militia that would be ready to fight on a minutes notice during the American Revolution.
The "minute men" were a specialized group within the colonial army. Each unit were part of a larger militia which had its own commander depending on where they were located. If you think about "minute men" like today's seal teams or special forces then you can understand how they worked.
The first battle took place in Lexington in 1775, but the men that morning were the 77 men from the town and I wouldn't call them " minute men" because they were protecting their families. They were more a militia than minute man. A minute man was a small handpicked elite force which were required to be mobile and assemble quickly. They were more like today's rangers or seals. The men who were minute men came from the muster rolls of the militia and were typically 25 years old or younger, physically strong and enthusiastic. Usually about one quarter of the militia served as minute men performing additional duties in the militia. The existence of the minute man begins before the revolution and as early as 1645 men were selected from militia ranks to be dressed with maychlocks or pikes. In 1689 another company was formed called Snowshoemen and in the French and Indian war in the 1750's they took part. In Massachusetts Bay colony every town maintained its own training band for six generations. By the time of the revolution Massachusetts had been training, drilling, and working on skills for over a hundred years. In February of 1775 Concord was one of the first towns to comply to create minute man companies out of the militia. Out of 400 men of Concord's muster rolls one hundred would serve as minute men. Regiment of Foot were sent to Concord bridge, so your answer is Concord.
The militia played a big role in early tensions between the colonies and Great Britain. For example, the minute men were militia men trained to right on a minutes notice. They were the people who fought the British in the battle of Lexington and Concord.
The minute men prepared the militia for the arrival of the British soldiers by hanging one lantern if the British were coming by land and two if they were coming by sea.
They were a part of the militia. In every colony except Pennsylvania, every male between 18 and 60 was part of the militia. He had to provide himself with a weapon and equipment, and muster several times a year for drills. In the New England states, as tensions grew in the year or two before the Revolution started, militia units began forming "minute companies", of young, strong men, who were to be prepared to drop whatever they were doing and hurry to the militia rallying point agreed to before hand, at a minutes notice.
The Minute Men were a militia in the colonies that were supposed to be able, whatever they were doing, to get their gun and everything else they would need to battle, so they could be ready to fight in under a minute. They were the ones who responded to Paul Revere's call on his famous Midnight Ride of "The British are coming! The British are coming!"
The group of colonists that were said to be ready to fight in a moments notice were the militia, referred to as Minute Men (as in they would be prepared to fight in a minute or less)
Republic of Mexico, and Texas volunteers and militia. There were men from several U.S. states, including the Carolinas, Tennessee, Virginia, Alabama.
Minute Men was on the U.S. side.
The minutemen were said "always ready in a minutes notice" where the militia men were just volunteer soldiers with little to no training.
British soldiers were called Lobsterbacks because of their red uniform coats. Colonial soldiers (technically, not soldiers, but militia) were called Minute Men bacuse they could be ready for action on a minute's notice.
The Illinois militia group that Abraham Lincoln was part of in 1832 had about 300 men in it, including Abraham Lincoln.
minute men gave the colonists men to fight when there were no more men. Minute men gave the Patriots a great strength and power over Great Britain as they fought to victory.
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.
Minute men was on the U.S. side.