The 3rd NY Regiment LI Cos. of Today

During the early 1970's, as the United States prepared for the Bicentennial of the American War for Independence, various communities up and down the eastern seaboard began to form companies of men who might portray soldiers who actually served during the War from their local communities.

In 1974, through the efforts of the then Town historian, Huntington reformed it's militia to participate in local celebrations during the coming years. As research progressed several members discovered that a company of the Third New York Regiment had indeed been recruited in Huntington and Smithtown. These men and women formed Capt. John Grennel's Company of the Third New York Regiment of 1775 and applied for membership in the Brigade of the American Revolution, an international historical association created in 1962 during the Civil War centennial.

As the Bicentennial took off, so did the Third New York! Membership no longer came from Huntington alone, new members were joining from throughout Suffolk County. Men who had belonged to other units liked the local identity of the unit and fell in . Soon the numbers included members from the Island at large and elsewhere.

With the growing numbers, the group felt it would better represent the men who served from Suffolk County during the first year of the War by changing the name to the Long Island Companies of the Third New York; a direct quote from the commander of the Third during the War, Col. James Clinton, who wrote of "my companies on Long Island", since they had served on the east end detached from the rest of the Regiment which was raised in the lower Hudson valley clearly identified them as such.

Today's membership is varied: many are dual members in other units and can field with different uniforms, clothing and equipment. This allows the unit to afford the public a variety of 18th century people who can explain the different roles and views of Suffolk County residents during the War. A typical weekend encampment will demonstrate life at the last quarter of the century, everyday living skills, cooking and even artillery pieces. The public takes away a better understanding of the conflict after spending time with the Third!

Read more about our members and if your interested in meeting us, joining us or partnering with us for an event, check out our schedule or send us an email. We look forward to you visiting the unit throughout the year at our programs all over the region.

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