“The Marechaussee Corps” miniature Statue. Cast out of a durable compound of industrial resin and marble dust. Miniature is beautiful representation of statue located at the Military Police Regimental Walkway and Memorial Grove, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Statue measures: 12 1/2 inches tall, 10 inches wide and 2 inches long.
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“The Marechaussee Corps” significant meaning:
Installed in 2016, this statue depicts a Soldier from the first Military Police-like organization in the Continental Army, which had duties comparable to those performed by the U.S. Army’s Military Police Corps Regiment of today.
In 1778, General George Washington recognized the need for order and discipline in the Continental Army and requested the formation of a special unit charged with police duties. This unit, called the Marechaussee Corps, was equipped as light dragoons (lightly equipped, mounted infantry). The word Marechaussee is a French term for constable or marshal. The original unit consisted of sixty-three men under the command of Captain Bartholomew von Heer, a professional Prussian soldier. The Marechaussee Corps had the duty and responsibility of maintaining order and enforcing the Articles of War in the often unruly and disobedient Continental Army.
When the Army was encamped, Soldiers of the Marechaussee Corps patrolled the camp and surrounding area, checking passes and papers in search of spies. They arrested rioters, drunkards, deserters, and stragglers, and monitored merchants. While the Continental Army was on the move, the Marechaussee Corps patrolled the flanks and rear, provided route reconnaissance, watched for spies and stragglers and safeguarded the baggage and supplies.
The men of this early MP organization also participated in combat, fighting with General Nathaniel Greene’s army in the victorious Battle of Springfield, New Jersey in June 1780. The following year, the Corps protected General Washington and his headquarters during the Siege of Yorktown, the last major battle of the American Revolution.
Although the Marechaussee Corps disbanded in November 1783 along with the Continental Army, the men of that unit set an example for professionalism and dedication to duty for others to emulate during its five-year service.