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Regular Army/Royal Navy
The British Army & Royal Navy both included Loyalists among their ranks, in addition to serving alongside Loyalist units on an almost daily basis.
Loyalists held important positions within the army, such as Lieutenant Colonel Oliver DeLancey, Jr. serving in the Adjutant Generalís Department and Brigadier General Stephen Kemble serving in Jamaica and Central America. Even the famous Walter Butler of Butlerís Rangers started as an ensign in the 8th (Kingís) Regiment of Foot.
One unit, the 60th (or Royal American) Regiment of Foot, had been raised in America during the French and Indian War, but by the time of the American Revolution was mostly a European outfit.
The Royal Artillery, chronically short of men throughout the war, actively recruited Loyalists, including men already serving in the Provincial Corps. At least two British regiments serving in Jamaica, the 79th and 88th, actively recruited in New York City.
The Royal Navy sought volunteers in every port they sailed into, not to mention impressing hundreds of civilians, merchant sailors, privateersmen and even some Provincial soldiers.
We have selected a few documents below that show examples of the American connection to the British military during the American Revolution.9th Regiment of Foot
Wemyss to André, 1780
Russell to Tarleton, Orders to Join Regiment, 1780
The On-Line Institute for Advanced Loyalist Studies