Re: [Revlist] well-dressed Marines
I believe the first prescribed uniform for the Continental Marines was
directed in September of 1776 by the Marine Committee of the Continental
Congress to be as follows:
A Green Coat faced with white, Round Cuffs, Slash'd Sleeves and
Pockets; with Buttons round the Cuff, Silver Epaulett on the right
Shoulder --- Skirts turn's back, Buttons to suit the Facings.
White waistcoat and Brieches edged with Green, Black Gaiters & Garters.
Green shirts for the Men if they can be procured.
[Uniform of Naval and Marine Officers, September 5th, 1776. John Paul
Jones Papers, Library of Congress.]
The order leaves a great deal to the imagination and seems directed
primarily at the uniform for officers. I cannot recall that there was
an order changing the facings of the Continental Marines from white to
red. Red facings were worn by United States Marines from the earliest
days of that organization but should not be confused with the
Continental Marines of the period of the AWI.
I don't recall ever seeing anything to indicate that the prescribed
"green shirts" were ever issued. However, it has been along time since
I looked at the question of uniforms for the Continental Marines and
more recent work may have yielded better and more complete information.