THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
to 1778 the General Officer of the British Army dressed the same as regimental officers of
the Line, but with a falling collar of dark blue velvet on the coat. In 1778, following
the French style, the collar seems to have been changed to a small standing one of the
same red cloth as the coat, ornamented in front with gold lace on a dark blue velvet
ground, as shown in the drawing.
In the field the lapels were not always buttoned
back, but the coat was worn exactly like Washington's uniform in the well known portrait
by Trumbull. The star and ribbon of the Order of the Bath were of course worn by Howe only
when in full dress.