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UNIFORMS OF
THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

Previous 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.

Sir William Howe
Commander-in-Chief
of the British Armies in America

Sir William Howe

[SOURCE: Uniforms of the Armies in the War of the American Revolution, 1775-1783. Lt. Charles M. Lefferts. Limited Edition of 500. New York York Historical Society. New York, NY. 1926.]


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