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80113Re: 225 years ago (Queen's Rangers)

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  • bdtm2004
    Jan 3, 2006
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      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.

      Brendan Morrissey
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