Friday, January 18, 2013

What Soldiers Wore Per Capt. Brush

Ft. Christmas's Uniform Display

Library of Virginia's site included Soldiers of the War of 1812 (Research Notes Number 19) online, which included a description of how new recruits were outfitted for war:

"In his reminiscences, Captain Henry Brush described with precision what newly enlisted recruits wore during the War of 1812. Soldiers were outfitted for service in unbleached, tow-linen hunting shirts and trousers. On their heads they wore low-crown hats, on the left side of which were black cockades about two inches in diameter. A small silver eagle (about the size of a quarter) was fastened in the center of each cockade." 

Follow the link to see the rest of the description.

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