The Corps of Light Infantry was provided by
one selected company from each infantry regiment and was one of the most
prestigious and well uniformed in the Continental Army.
The field dress was a linen fringed hunting
shirt worn with gaiter trousers and a leather peaked helmet and officers were
armed with a spontoon and sword rather than a fusil. In the field these
companies were detached from their parent regiments acting as light infantry
battalions as in the British Army.
[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.]