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UNIFORMS OF
THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

All drummers at this period wore dark French blue coats trimmed with wide crimson and white braid around collar, cuffs, lapels, and down all the seams. In addition, the ornamental braid or lace was arranged as follows: below the lapels three stripes on each side; on the pocket flaps, a border and three stripes; under the pockets, three stripes. The lapels were always the color of the regimental facings. The coats were lined with white cloth, with the skirts hooked back at the base. Waistcoats and breeches were white, and were made of linen in summer and wool or tricot in winter. Long white linen gaiters were worn in summer, and for all parades, but for winter duty, the gaiters were long black cloth ones. The drummers' arms were short sabers with brass hilts.

The body of the drums was of copper, twelve inches high and fourteen in diameter, and was decorated only with the embossed number of the regiment.

The drum major's uniform was the same as the drummers', but with narrow gilt braid, arranged as above, instead of crimson and white braid. Fifers and musicians also wore the same, except that they had narrow silver braid.

The crimson and white wool braid was the Colonel-General's pattern for all the Line drummers except those of the Royal Regiments.

Drummer
Saintonge Regiment of Infantry, 1779 - 1783

Saintonge Regiment of Infantry, 1779-83

[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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