Company of Select Marksmen/Fraser's Rangers (ETW Unit)
Rangers are used for scouting and raiding missions far beyond the skills of ordinary men. Their ranks are mostly drawn from frontiersmen already hardened to living in the wilderness and capable of hiding in a variety of terrain types. Excellent marksmen, they excel at ranged combat but suffer in prolonged melee attacks. They are trained to conceal themselves and fight in loose formation, but if caught in the open by line infantry or cavalry they are likely to sustain heavy casualties.
Historically, Fraser's rangers was a British brigade formed in Canada and composed of General Fraser's 24th Regiment of foot, with light infantry and grenadier units from Sir Guy Carleton's Montreal force. These men took part in a number of key battles during the American Revolution, most notably the Battle of Bennington where they sustained heavy losses. They also fought at Saratoga, where they came up against Major General Morgan and his 500 elite Riflemen. Morgan's men were attacked by the British advanced company but Fraser and his rangers drove them back, allowing the advanced company to retreat.
Fraser's Rangers are an elite skirmisher unit available only to Great Britain. Like Light Infantry, Rangers have superior range to Line Infantry (ETW Unit)|Line Infantry, can deploy skirmishing tactics, and are invisible to the enemy when immobile; by default, rangers also are in a scattered formation, making them more resistance to massed fire although it increases their vulnerability to Cavalry. Statistically, rangers are superior to light infantry in terms of melee capabilities but inferior in terms of accuracy and reloading skill, making them more useful against nations that favor melee infantry such as the Native Americans and the Maratha Confederacy.