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UNIFORMS OF
THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

The private of the Tenth Foot Light Infantry Company is shown in the uniform worn at the Battle of Bunker Hill. This Regiment was among the first ordered to cross the Atlantic. The 10th embarked in 1767, and after a short stay in Nova Scotia it was ordered to Boston in 1768. They were engaged in the battle of Lexington April 19, 1775, and at Bunker Hill June 17, 1775. It is interesting to compare their splendid equipment with that of the American troops at Concord, Mass., in 1775, also pictured, as Plate 1.

Light infantry companies had the following appointments: jackets; black leather caps with three chains around them, with a piece of plate upon the center of the crown, and in the front G.R., a crown, and the number of the regiment; small cartouch boxes, powderhorns, and bags for balls; short pieces and hatchets. (Simes' The Military Guide for Young Officers, Philadelphia, 1776, I, 300.)

Light Infantry
British Tenth Regiment of Foot, 1775

British Light Infantry, 1775

[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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