Todd Braisted, author/researcher, Loyalist military studies
Todd W. Braisted has done primary research on Loyalist military personnel, infrastructure and campaigns throughout North America. Since 1979, Braisted has amassed and transcribed over 40,000 pages of Loyalist and related material from archives and private collections large and small around the world. Contributing author to Moving On: Black Loyalists in the Afro-Atlantic World and The Revolutionary War in Bergen County as well as numerous journal articles. Currently serves on the editorial board and as a columnist for American Revolution magazine. In 2006 had the distinction of being named the only American to serve as an honorary vice-president of the United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada. Has appeared as a guest historian on Loyalist episodes of the TV shows History Detectives and Who Do You Think You Are? Has served as president of the Brigade of the American Revolution, chairman of the West Point Chapter of the Company of Military Historians, president of the Bergen County Historical Society and trustee of the Historic 1759 Vought House Association, home to a New Jersey Loyalist during the war. Creator and owner of www.royalprovincial.com, the largest website dedicated to Loyalist military studies. The role of the military has always been Braisted’s primary focus. Too often secondary sources of the past simply referred to Loyalist participation in the conflict as involving so many “Tories” without any understanding of who these people were, how they were organized, and what their actual role war. Sadly, that attitude and level of scholarship still continues in many modern publications. Finding new and untapped sources on both sides of the Atlantic helps bring these people into their proper place in the conflict. The creation of a Loyalist military database has greatly aided in searching for military personnel. Started in 1995, it references such things as regiments, enlistment dates, deaths, desertions, discharges, etc. Currently with about 30,000 entries, the database will probably top out at around 45,000. A book on the Provincial Corps establishment is currently in the works.