Virginia Militia

Virginia Militia

 
Militia drill at the The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown re-created 1780s farm

Militia drill at the The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown re-created 1780s farm

British colonies in America formed military forces called militias, comprised mostly of free, white, able-bodied male citizens who could be called to service during local emergencies. The colonial militias played an important role in the struggle for independence, but then, as now, not without some misunderstanding.