Category «Uniforms»

Cockades in Washington’s Army by Harry Schenawolf

Prior to the Battle of Long Island, the general orders issued by supreme commander General George Washington on August 20th, 1776 included instructions detailing the use of cockades. This was early in the war when the rebellious colonists’ main army was basically made up of militias, still in civilian attire. The section read:  ‘As the …

Uniform of the British Army Soldier during the American Revolution by Harry Schenawolf

At the time of the American Revolution the British Army was not overly concerned with efficiency in the common soldiers’ attire. They had yet to equate the value of utility and practicality with what they required their enlisted men wear and carry into battle. Appearance was of far more concern than adaptability. During the Seven …

Pigtails, Queues, and Campaign Wigs of Revolutionary War Soldiers

Wigs were considered of great important in dress in the eighteenth century. The military was no exception. However the fashion of large, curled wigs common amongst civilians was not practical for the soldier. These periwigs, or perukes, were constantly infested with bugs, were extremely expensive, and unbearably hot. They came in black, brown, or grey, …