Thus, it is only proper that this writer should embark on a listing of the single largest unit on board the frigate South Carolina - the men who formed the three companies of marines on board the frigate and were drawn from the "Volontaires du Luxembourg" or the "Volunteers of Luxembourg". This can be a daunting task in that there were just over three hundred men who stood in the ranks of this unit on board the frigate. But, this writer will do his best to get every one of these men - combat or administrative personnel, both officers, NCOs, enlisted men, musicians, medical staff, etc. listed down here.
The post of "11/26/2014" contains a lengthy bit of information on the "Volontaires du Luxembourg" and their history before boarding the frigate South Carolina in July 1781. I will not repeat any of this already recorded information but, leave it to the reader to refer to this specific post by means of the archives associated with this blog. But, this particular post only listed the commanding officers by name and relegated the NCOs and enlisted men to being lumped together and spoken of as a numbered group of personnel. Beginning with this post, and for the next several at least, this writer will record the names of these men and hopefully cause their humanity to emerge from the mists of time.
The 1st Company of the "Volontaires du Luxembourg" was commanded by Captain --------- Collinson. According to Dr. Lewis's work, Neptune's Militia, "Appendix: Crew and Marines of the South Carolina", page 142, he is cited simply as "Captain of marines". Nothing more is known of him, not even his first name. There is a possibility that he was Irish but, this supposition is completely taken from his last, and only known, name - Collinson. There were many Irish who cast their lot with the forces of France against their traditional enemy - Great Britain.
The 1st Company's enlisted breakdown was five sergeants, one corporal, and eighty-eight "soldats" or privates. The five sergeants were:
The single corporal was Julian Loget.
The enlisted men, or "soldats" (privates) of the 1st Company of the "Volontaires du Luxembourg are listed in alphabetical order and are as follows:
Charles Rene Beaulieu
Jean Baptiste Becard
Jean Baptiste Belfleure
Jean Baptiste Henry Caille
Jean Baptiste Cheron
Francois Julien Daufraine
Jacques Paul Dubot
Claude Marin Girardin
Claude Louis Guillaume
Jean Baptiste Le Comte
Jean Guillaume Morel
Jean Claude Ortion
Pierre Gilbert Picard
Jean Baptiste Queney
Jean Louis Rabaut
All of these men are listed as "soldier" (soldat/private) in Dr. Lewis's work, Neptune's Militia, "Appendix: Crew and Marines of the South Carolina, pages 135-170. The only discrepancy here is that the company should have eighty-eight "soldiers" in it but, there are only eighty-seven names listed here. The five sergeants and single corporal are all listed.
There must have been other junior officers to assist Captain ------- Collinson in his duties with the company. But, these officers' names are not recorded as belonging to a particular company. They are simply listed as "French officer, Lux. Corps" or "French officer, Lux. Legion".