Re: [WarOf1812] Re: Button, button, whose got a button?
Anything is possible. It can also mean they have pipe
clayed their white trousers to make them appear clean.
The thing one must always remember when looking into
American uniforms of this or any early period is that
even if a new pattern has been adopted it may be
months and sometimes even years before the new items
A case in point: In 1833 the US Army adopts a new
forage cap. A general order goes out that all old
pattern caps are to be collected and shippped west to
the 3rd and 7th INF. These two regiments would not
receive new pattern caps for almost two years. In
1838, six years after the uniform change of 1832
inspection reports state that part of the 7th INF at
Ft. Gibson is still in the old pattern uniorm, some
in the new. The list goes on and on.
Inspection reports of the 7th INF at the conclusion of
the New Orleans campaign shows each company outfitted
slightly differntly than its sister companies. All of
this was done to achieve a more uniform appearance
among those companies. But, in spite of the slight
differences all are in the 1813 pattern coatand shako
and dark woolen trousers.
One of the best ways to get a precise answer is to
investigate the original company order books which
will, at times, go into great deal about the issue of
new and old garments and the modification of old to
But as stated earlier, I have never seen anything in
an original document from the 7th military district,
which lists anything but American uniform items, being
All the best,
--- dancingbobd@... wrote:
> Steve - If the 2nd Inf was still in buff belts using
> pipe clay, could
> they also be in the 1812 felt shako? That is
> visually quite different
> than the tombstone.
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