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UNIFORMS OF
THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

A regiment of Continental Light Dragoons had been raised in 1776, a further three regiments were formed in January, 1777, each consisting of six troops.  By 1778, each troop had 66 of all ranks and commanded by a captain, the total regimental strength was 416 of all ranks.  Each cavalryman was armed with a sabre, a pair of pistols, plus a short musket or carbine.

The 1st Regiment was uniformed in brown coats with green facings and wore black helmets, but later changed to a blue coat with green facings.  The 2nd Regiment wore blue coats faced with buff and had brass helmets with blue turbans; the 3rd Regiment wore white coats with light blue facings, while the 4th Regiment initially wore captured British uniforms or red with blue facings, later changed to green coats with red facings.

[SOURCE:  R. J. Marrion.  Fellow of The Company of Military Historians of America.  Uniforms of the American War of Independence.  A series of 24 collector cards.  Victoria Gallery, London, England. 1992.]

2nd Continental Light Dragoons
1776

2nd Light Dragoons

[SOURCE: Uniforms of the American War of Independence. A series of 24 collector cards.  Illustration by R. J. Marrion.  Fellow of The Company of Military Historians of America.  Victoria Gallery, London, England.  1992.]


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