Podcast E07: Don Hagist (Author / Researcher on British Rank and File Soldiers)

On this long-awaited episode of Firelocks, Mr. Don Hagist joins host Bill Patchak to discuss not only his overall findings about rank and file British army soldiers, but how we as a re-enactors and researchers can sift through the primary documents ourselves to discover more about the units we portray and commemorate.

Don N. Hagist, author and researcher extraordinaire of American Revolution-era British soldiers. Photo courtesy of The Journal of the American Revolution.

Now, we of course would be remiss if we didn't highlight up front the work Don has already done for the hobby and for those interested in the American Revolution in general. This includes serving as editor at the Journal of the American Revolution, authoring British Soldiers, American War: Voices of the American Revolution, as well as Wives, Slaves, and Servant Girls: Advertisements for Female Runaways in American Newspapers, 1770-1783 and The Revolution's Last Men: The Soldiers Behind the Photographs, and finally, maintaining his "British Soldiers, American Revolution" blog.

So please enjoy the our podcast with Don Hagist, available below or on iTunes.

And for those of you out there who have already listened and can't wait to jump into the kinds of sources that Don goes over, please follow this link to the British National Archive's digital collection of army pension records and get started!