3 weeks ago
The 55th Regiment of Foot, Captain Trevor's Co'y wears red coats faced green, reflecting a uniform for service in Europe, not yet adapted to the rigors of warfare in the colonies. The 55th fought at Long Island, Princeton, Brandywine and Germantown, before being transferred to the West Indies. For more information: mrtully.com/55th/?fbclid=IwAR0ZOjAhExNLtsKL2h3-DmuhoQy-nb5lB3VDgeoim9YCQII1pCzZ50TJCHY ... See MoreSee Less
Where are you based out of?
The British are coming.
God save the King. Former member of his Majesties army 1975 to 1988. 64th, 4th, and 42 Regiments
So yee took the kings shilling?
I believe your impression is correct for the 1776 campaign. However, for the 1777 campaign I would think gaitered trousers/overalls, cut down coats, and hats worn slouched would be appropriate. Also, for the Crown forces in the north the slouch hats were only tolerated until Clinton took command. Clinton considered slouch hats unsoldierly and there is some evidence that he ordered hats to be cocked again. But, I would say great impression for 1776.
1 month ago
Wayne's Light Infantry Corps, 2nd Penn. Regt., were formed in 1779 under General Anthony Wayne. Captain Jacob Ashmead led a group of light infantrymen from different companies of the 2nd Pennsylvania Regiment, so the blue lottery coats were issued for a cohesive look. The men brought with them their own varied accoutrements. This photo clearly shows the leather straps of their cartridge boxes, another leather strap with a bayonet sling, and thick cording holding a tin canteen for water. To learn more about this regiment, go to: Wayne's Light Infantry Corps, 2nd Penn Regt. ... See MoreSee Less
A photo from the past when the original 2nd Pennsylvania did both line & light infantry impressions
Thank you for posting the photos Harry. The Impression we are portraying is of Capt. Jacob Ashmeads' Light Infantry Company in July 1779. I believe the 2nd Penn Light Infantry Company you were a part of portrayed Sept/Oct. of 1780. The photo posted just happens to have everyone in a light infantry style cap, but cocked hats, woolen caps and the "Wayne's Cap" would have likely been present in the company as well. Our Regimental Coats were the "French Lottery Coats" you described, manufactured in France specifically for the continental army and were issued in late 1778.
Here are some facts and photos. The French Lottery coat was not an English style "Tilman" coat but rather a French styled coat, which makes sense since they were taken directly from existing French stockpiles. In Wayne's journal he described it as a ....and I don't recall the exact wording after all these years, but it was very similar to "A blue coat faced red, rather of the French style having a low stand-up collar and short facings, a slash cuff that buttoned underneath". No original lottery coat is known to exist, but unnumbered French style buttons have been found which seems to support the fact that these were French coats. They received this issue just before the attack on Stoney Point. They received almost the entire uniform, missing only the shoes. Some have said this is when the famous shipment of slippers took place. Just before our unit collapsed, newly discovered documentation revealed that the turban was of facing color, so we changed over to red turbans. Here are some photos. I apologize for the helmet being so dirty, but I brought it out of storage for this photo. Both old photos were taken in 1981 getting ready for the Yorktown Bicentennial.