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UNIFORMS OF
THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

This Tory Company was raised in Tryon County, N. Y., in 1777 by Colonel John Butler, and like Johnson's Royal Greens they were hated by the Americans for their inhumanity at Wyoming, Cherryvalley, and the Mohawk.

We find their uniform consisted of dark green coats faced with scarlet and lined the same, a waistcoat of green cloth, and the buckskin Indian leggings reaching from the ankle to waist, or the leather overalls worn by the American riflemen. Their caps were almost skull caps of black jacked leather, with a black leather cockade on the left side, and a brass plate in front embossed with the letters G.R. and the words Butler's Rangers, as shown in the drawing.

Their belts were of buff leather and crossed on the breast where they were held in place by a brass plate marked in the same manner and with the same words as the cap plate.

Butler's Rangers, 1777

Butler's Rangers, 1777

[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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