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
[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.]