Voluntarios de Cataluña
Origin and History
The two battalions of the regiment were raised in Barcelona among volunteers on January 7 1762 to strengthen the army on the eve of the planned invasion of Portugal. Each battalion counted six companies of 140 men each.
During the Seven Years' War, the regiment was under the command of:
- from January 7 1762: Lieutenant-Colonel Don Miguel Boix
The unit was disbanded on 23 May 1822.
Service during the War
In 1762, immediately after its creation, the regiment set off from Barcelona and marched to Castile to join the army assembling for the invasion of Portugal. The regiment took part to all operations of this army including thr conquest of Miranda (May 9) and Bragança (May 17). From 6 July to 6 August, it participated in the siege and capture of Almeida. It then returned to Spain when peace was concluded.
The regiment seems to have been dressed in the typical miguelete style with a waistcoat, manicato (??), gambeto (??), breeches, stockings, espadrilles, hairnet and tricorne. Soldiers were armed with a musket and two pistols.
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This article is mostly made of abridged and adapted excerpts translated from the following book which is now in the public domain:
- Clonard, Conde de, Historia Orgánica de las Armas de Infantería y Caballería, vol. X, Madrid, 1851-62, pp. 448, 455-456