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Offline timg

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American Revolution uniform question
« on: August 09, 2011, 12:14:25 PM »
Hi All,

Can anyone tell me what colour coats British Light Infantry buglers would wear under the 1768 regs? Would it be reversed colours like drummers or red like the rest of the company? Im asking for the full dress rather than the later campaign gear.

cheers Tim

Offline Aaron

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Re: American Revolution uniform question
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2011, 02:54:07 PM »
IIRC reversed colors just like the line unless in a regiment with red facings (musicians in white coats faced red) or blue facings (red coats faced blue like the rest of the unit).

Offline Arthur

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Re: American Revolution uniform question
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2011, 10:25:42 PM »
What Aaron said.

There was no difference between full and campaign dress at the time : the coat's colour remained the same regardless of the circumstances. Since clothing was issued on a yearly basis, what many regiments did was use the previous year's coat for campaign wear, thus saving the new coat for parades and ceremonial occasions and making the garment last two years instead of one. In that case, the old coat's tails were generally cropped to provide material for mending and repairs, and the expensive button lace was removed and transferred to the new coat.

At least this is how the system was supposed to work. If a unit failed to receive its new clothing issue, which happened on quite a few occasions during the war, then the men would soldier on with the previous year's increasingly tatty coats.  
« Last Edit: August 09, 2011, 10:29:12 PM by Arthur »


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