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Portrait of a soldier
Joshua Goodenough, a Rogers’ Ranger
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Goodenough enlisted in a local provincial unit named the York Levies. He described how the men were given muskets, tents, bowls, and knives and were drilled in musketry by an officer who had been a British regular. He commented on the extreme discipline within the units: ‘one man was given 500 lashes for enlisting in some other troop and orders said that any man who should leave His Majesty’s Service without discharge should suffer death’ (p. 2). In the autumn of 1757, he and several other men were transferred to Rogers’ Rangers and ordered to march to Fort Edward.