In 2012, Jack Murphy, wrote an interesting piece on “The Ranger Book”, a thorough history of the Army Rangers. For those who may not have had a chance to read the book, here is an interesting piece that gives an overview of Ranger history from the mid-1700’s until now.

Read the entire article here.

The US Army Ranger history predates the Revolutionary War.

In the mid 1700s, Capt. Benjamin Church and Maj. Robert Rogers both formed Ranger units to fight during the King Phillips War and the French and Indian War.

Rogers wrote the 19 standing orders that are still in use today.

In 1775, the Continental Congress formed eight companies of expert riflemen to fight in the Revolutionary War.

Later, during 1777, this force of hardy frontiersmen, commanded by Dan Morgan, was known as the Corps of Rangers.

Francis Marion, “The Swamp Fox,” organized another famous Revolutionary War Ranger element, known as Marion’s Partisans.