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  • #31
    British Troops

    I have an officer of the 71st Foot and a private of the King's Royal Regiment of New York.

    Sincerely,
    M
    We are not now that strength which in old days
    Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
    Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
    To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

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    • #32
      The 71st as they appeared in 1780 on campaign in the South.
      "The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there."

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      • #33
        very cool. Thank you Goon. Do you know if they are reenacted anywhere?

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        • #34
          Originally posted by Elijah View Post
          very cool. Thank you Goon. Do you know if they are reenacted anywhere?
          There is a group that recreates the grenadier company.
          http://71sthighlanders.com/main.html
          "The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there."

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          • #35
            Continental Navy



            Continental Navy from 1776-1777.

            Standing on the far left, wearing a blue coat with red facing and vest, blue breeches with white stockings is a Lieutenant.

            Second from the left, wearing a blue coat with red facing and vest, with gold trim, buttons and leggings; blue breeches and white stockings, is a Captain in the dress of 1776.

            Shaking hands with the Captain of 1776 is a Captain wearing dress adopted in 1777. He wears a blue coat with white facing trimmed in gold with gold buttons over gold-trimmed button holes; white vest with gold buttons and trim; and white breeches.


            Observing the two Captains is a Midshipman of 1777, wearing a simple blue coat with blue facings bearing gold buttons; white vest, breeches and stockings.

            Standing far right is an ordinary Seaman.

            All courtesy of http://www.srcalifornia.com/uniforms/s13.htm

            "Copyright (c) 2005 SR. All rights reserved. Protected by the copyright laws of the United States and international treaties."
            Last edited by ONSunset; 01 Feb 10, 16:26.
            When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened.' VP Joe 'The Brain' Biden

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            • #36


              Field Yager Corps of Hesse-Cassel, 1776-1783

              This Rifle Corps had detachments in almost every skirmish and battle of the American Revolution.

              The Brunswick and Anspach yagers or chasseurs wore the same dress but with bright red facings and linings to the coats.

              On parade they wore tall green feathers on their hats above the green silk cockade, and in summer white linen breeches.

              Officers were distinguished by a white feather, and gold lace on the cuffs and lapels. Sergeants by a white feather with red top, and gold lace on the cuffs.

              All courtesy of http://www.srcalifornia.com/uniforms/p47.htm

              "Copyright (c) 2005 SR. All rights reserved. Protected by the copyright laws of the United States and international treaties."
              Last edited by ONSunset; 01 Feb 10, 16:27.
              When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened.' VP Joe 'The Brain' Biden

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              • #37


                Grenadier Regiment Von Rall of Hesse-Cassel, 1776
                and Regiment Von Specht of Brunswick, 1777

                The Regiment Von Rall was one of the three captured at Trenton in 1776. It was also present at the Battle of Long Island, Chatterton Hill, Fort Washington, and after exchange from being made prisoners at Trenton, in 1777, was formed with what remained of the other two regiments, Von Knyphausen and Von Lossberg, into the "combined battalion" and so was present at Brandywine under Von Woellwarth. In 1778 it was known as the Battalion Von Trumbach; in 1779, as d'Angelli. The battalion tinder the last name was present at Savannah where it suffered severely. The three regiments subsequently resumed their separate organization.

                The Regiment Von Rall was the only grenadier regiment sent to America in 1776, although each of the other regiments had one company of grenadiers who were detached and formed four grenadier battalions for the war, in the same manner that the English grenadiers were. Aside from being men picked for size and strength, they were distinguished from the battalion men in dress by their brass or white metal caps with worsted pompon at the top and the small metal match box on their shoulder belts. At this period the match box was obsolete, but had formerly been used for touching off the grenades when they were carried. When in use, the tube contained a lighted fuse.

                The figure at the right of the plate is a private of the grenadier company of the Brunswick Regiment Von Specht in the campaign dress worn on the march with Burgoyne. While on parade, these men wore white linen breeches and black cloth gaiters to the knee. They were equipped with long overalls of heavy coarse linen or canvas for service in summer, and for winter service, with long blue cloth overalls of the same style as shown. The hat pictured was drawn from one of the originals.

                All courtesy of http://www.srcalifornia.com/uniforms/p48.htm

                "Copyright (c) 2005 SR. All rights reserved. Protected by the copyright laws of the United States and international treaties."
                Last edited by ONSunset; 01 Feb 10, 16:27.
                When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened.' VP Joe 'The Brain' Biden

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                • #38
                  LE REGIMENT ROYAL BOURBONNAIS INFANTERIE


                  In 1597 the original regiment Bourbonnais was formed in the Province of Bourbonnais in south-central France. It was one of five regiments sent to America in 1780 under the command of Comte de Rochembeau to aid the army of Gen. George Washington. The compte's son, Vicomte Rochambeau, was his second-in-command of Regiment Bourbonnais. The French Army landed at Newport, R.I. in July 1780. Their encampment there tied down a large British force at New York.



                  In July 1781, the French began a forced march across Connecticut, around New York City and down the coast to Virginia where they arrived in late September. Here they Joined an American force which had trapped the army of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia. The Siege of Yorktown was a decisive victory by a combined assault of American forces led by General George Washington and French forces led by General Comte de Rochambeau over a British Army commanded by General Lord Cornwallis. It proved to be the last major land battle of the American Revolutionary War, as the surrender of Cornwallis’s army (the second major surrender of the war, the other being Burgoyne's surrender at the Battle of Saratoga) prompted the British government to eventually negotiate an end to the conflict.



                  On the night of October 14, American and French Infantry captured the outer British lines. The British surrendered five days later, ending the last major campaign of the Revolutionary War. After spending the winter at Williamsburg Va., the French regiments marched north to Boston where they embarked for France in December of 1782








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                  à vaincre sans péril, on triomphe sans gloire (triumph without peril brings no glory) P. Corneille

                  Le probleme avec les cons, c'est qu'il ne se fatiguent jamais
                  (The problem with Pr.cks, is that they never get tired ) Michel Audiard

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                  • #39
                    Régiment de Saintonge



                    à vaincre sans péril, on triomphe sans gloire (triumph without peril brings no glory) P. Corneille

                    Le probleme avec les cons, c'est qu'il ne se fatiguent jamais
                    (The problem with Pr.cks, is that they never get tired ) Michel Audiard

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                    • #40
                      great information i ever got....

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                      • #41
                        I highly suggest this book:
                        http://www.amazon.com/Uniforms-1775-.../dp/075481761X
                        It's out of print but again I highly suggest it. It's worth the price.

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                        • #42
                          "They're inviting us to defeat them! We must oblige them!"
                          -Baron Munchausen

                          "Ah, 'tis midsummer madness, the music is my temples, the hot blood of youth! Come, Kapellmeister, let the violas throb. My regiment leaves at dawn!"
                          -Groucho Marx

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                          • #43
                            Continental Uniforms





                            Uniforms worn by US Navy fleet commanders in 1776




                            Captain John Paul Jones wearing a version of the uniform proposed by the Marine Committee of the Continental Congress in 1776, except he lacks gold lace on the waistcoat that indicated the rank of captain. No epaulettes were authorized. The following year some officers called for a change in uniform to blue cloth with white facings, and gold epaulettes. During the battle, Jones apparently wore the newer, unauthorized uniform. Its similarity to the uniform of the Royal Navy aided in his ruse de guerre in closing with Serapis



                            Commodore Abraham Whipple is shown wearing the uniform authorized for captains in the Continental Navy: blue with red facings, yellow buttons, and a red waistcoat with gold lace trim.





                            The 47th Foot, a UK based group recreating early AWI redcoats.

                            http://www.47thfoot.co.uk/mainframe.html

                            www.13thfoot.co.uk

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                            • #44
                              Uniform of the 2nd South Carolina Regiment

                              The 1st and 2nd Regiments were raised in eastern South Carolina during June 1775, and were soon adopted into Continental service (Nov 1775). The 1st and 2nd are perhaps best known for their defense of Fort Moultrie on Sullivans Island, where their flag of blue with the white crescent was shot away, and was caught up by Sergeant Jasper.

                              The uniform of the 2nd Regiment was blue, faced with red, and lined with white, with white linen waistcoats and breeches, and short black gaiters, in full dress, while on service they wore long linen overalls as shown. Their caps were of black leather with a small white thread tassel at the top, and the front ornamented with a silver or white metal crescent, rather smaller in proportion than shown in the picture, on which was engraved the initials of the man, and the words or motto "Liberty or Death."
                              [According to Drayton, the single word "Liberty" appeared on the crescents of the hat and of the regimental flag.]

                              The 1st Regiment of Infantry also wore blue faced with red, and had "ultima ratio" engraved on the crescent.

                              Both the 1st and 2nd Regiments are known to have been well-equipped in every detail. Each regiment had two colors, one of blue and one of red silk, very beautifully embroidered, which were captured by the British.

                              The South Carolina Light Horse wore blue faced with white, and were well furnished.
                              Attached Files
                              www.13thfoot.co.uk

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                              • #45
                                40th (2nd Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot (Grenadier)



                                33rd Regiment of Foot 1776

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