1st Maryland (ETW Unit)
“Marching regiments” or “line battalions” make up the majority of units in European-style armies. They are so called because they form the line of battle, not because they always deploy in lines. Indeed, over time the capabilities of line infantry should improve as new tactics, drill and weaponry are developed.
These soldiers carry muzzle-loading, smooth-bore muskets firing lead balls as wide as a man’s thumb. These are inaccurate weapons, effective only over 200 paces or so and when fired in massed volleys. The ability to fire and reload with machine-like regularity with shot and bullet flying and comrades falling all around is what wins battles.
Historically the 1st Maryland regiment was raised to protect the province of Maryland and came under the command of Colonel William Smallwood. In July 1776 the were assigned to the main continental army and in the months that followed they joined Stirling's Brigade. They took part in the battle of Guilford Courthouse, but it was at the battle of Long Island that they earned their formidable reputation. They single-handedly covered the American retreat, holding of superior numbers of the British regulars.
Recruitable only in Maryland and available only to the United States the 1st Maryland are unique Line Infantry. They possess significantly higher statistics than their Line Infantry counterparts and so can be relied upon in the heat of battle Elite units such as the 1st Maryland should be made best use of by positioning them in the middle of the line in order to maximise the effectiveness of their morale boost.