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RE;Which coloer was it?

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  • Jay Howlett
    Hi Ken, When looking at uniforms for the Continental Army ,you really need to look at a specific unit for a specific time.The only uniform issued universally
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 1, 2004
      Hi Ken,
      When looking at uniforms for the Continental Army ,you really need
      to look at a specific unit for a specific time.The only uniform
      issued universally to the Army was the "lottery" uniforms of Nov.
      1778,even then the Army was not truely uniform,no hats or shoes were
      included in this issue.Dispite the regulations of 1779 it does not
      seem that it was ever possible to follow them completely,due to
      shortages of cloth and uneven proformance of the various
      states.Likely the next closest the Army ever got to true uniformity
      was in the spring of 1782 when the main Army at New Windsor ,drew
      brown dyed British coats,some folks believe that these were refaced
      to reflect the regulation of 79,buttons excavated suggest that the
      british buttons were reused as is.This would not have effected the
      Virginia line as for the most part it was taken at Charlestown in
      1780. Confused yet?join the club.Your library might have the Osprey
      Washingtons Army vol 1and2 by Marko Zlatich,This is a good broad
      over view,Library of Virginia has public store records that will tell
      you at least part of who got what.It is really tough to interpret
      these unless you know the names of the officers of the unit you are
      researching. JMH
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