80113Re: 225 years ago (Queen's Rangers)
- Jan 3, 2006Greg,
Further to Gary's answers, it seems likely that green-faced-green was
the uniform throughout the unit's active period (ie from the
Philadelphia campaign until their capture at Yorktown in 1781). The
main body of the regiment - the battalion companies - were probably
dressed similarly to the grenadiers, but without the latter's
distinctions. By the way, the centre companies were not riflemen, as
is sometimes stated - that is a mistake made by Lefferts whilst he
was researching the unit and got it confused it with a later version
raised in Canada.
Simcoe refers to leather caps replacing poor quality "contract hats"
(usually assumed to be either laced tricornes, or part-cocked -
ie "slouch" - hats) around 1780-81. Also about that time, part of
the regiment was supposed to have received similar uniforms to the
British Legion - ie green faced black; I suspect that this was just
the Light Dragoons, as the BL no longer had any integral infantry by
then. As to headgear, I'd be interested in Gary's thoughts on what
would have been worn in the South, as many Regular units put their
grenadier and light infantry caps into storage to protect them as the
war progressed and increasingly wore normal hats (plain or modified)
in the field. Would the hussar and grenadier caps have been too much
in that heat? Would the regiment as a whole have donned hats given
Simcoe's remarks about the previous batch?
The entire unit usually served together (apart from one dragoon troop
in Charleston, SC, and another in NYC during 1780-81) and was a true
legionary corps in that respect. The grenadiers were also with the
regiment in the South and Ewald leads that company, the light company
and one battalion company in a counter-attack against rifle-armed
militia at Spencer's Ordinary in June 1781. The Highland company, as
Gary says, functioned primarily as a second light company and either
used Government sett from official stores, or may perhaps - my
speculation here - have borrowed kilts from Regular troops who were
switching to overalls (at least one, possibly two, other Provincial
units are known to have done this).
Hope this helps.
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