Lord Stirling's Fifes & Drums

 

Lord Stirling's Fifes & Drums

Professor Craig Livingston founded Lord Stirling's Fifes and Drums in 2007 at Lone Star College-Montgomery located in Conroe, TX.  The corps honors Lord Stirling, a former British officer who in 1776 commanded troops of the Continental Army from Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.  At the Battle of Long Island, the Marylanders of Stirling's Brigade counter-attacked advancing redcoats.  The cost of glory was high:  256 Marylanders fell, but their sacrifice bought the battered American Army the time it needed to withdraw to the Brooklyn Heights.  Stirling died in 1783, loved and trusted by General George Washington to the end.

The fifers and drummers wear the uniform of the 4th Maryland Independent Company.  The warrant authorized purple hunting shirts, red facings, and cocked tricorns.