The dragoon helmets that would forever bear his name - the Tarleton.
More Tarleton helmet porn.
Dat British Legion Trooper.
I find it deeply distressing when people watch tv representations of 18th/19th century battles and they’re all like “lol everyone then was so stupid, just walking slowly up to each other and firing. I would be like a total ninja running around and fucking them all up.”
You’d be a total corpse…
Correct! Every regiment had a combination of two things that made its appearance unique - facing colours and lace.
Now, by “facings” we mean, in a simplistic way, the parts of a red coat that aren’t red - that’s generally the collar, cuffs and turnbacks. Facing colours varied from regiment to regiment - blue, yellow, white, green, black, ect (the regiment’s flag was also the same colour as their facings).
Now, obviously there aren’t enough colours to give every regiment unique facings. Plenty shared a colour, for example the oldest regiments all had blue facings as a status symbol. So the other signifier used to differentiate between regiments involved the buttons and the loops of lace surrounding them. The shape of the lace pattern (square, pointy ect) combined with the spacings between the buttons (buttons grouped into twos or three or spaced evenly, ect) also helped signify what regiment a soldier belonged to. It’s a practice still used today in the British Army’s Brigade of Guards - buttons in groups of 5 means the soldier is in the Welsh Guards, groups of 4 are Irish Guards, groups of 3 Scots, groups of 2 Coldstream and evenly spaced are Grenadiers.
So, handy image examples! The guy below has blue facings, as you can see. That narrows it down, but there were still plenty of regiments with blue facings. But if you look at the spacing of the buttons and the colours sometimes woven into the lace (blue, gold, yellow ect) it would tell you he’s in the 18th Foot.
Meanwhile, the guy below has red facings. That means he’s almost definitely from the 33rd Foot, since red facings were unusual, but just to confirm it he’s also got pointy (bastion-ended) loops of lace around his buttons.
Of course, there was also fact that the regimental number was stamped onto buttons, knapsacks and cartridge pouches. Some also had unique emblems - the 23rd Foot (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) often wore white feathers in their tricorns in honour of the Prince of Wales. It all sounds pretty complex initially but when you consider that an army of the period probably wouldn’t contain more than a dozen different regiments it wasn’t so hard to tell them apart. I’ve never made a conscious effort to memorise the uniforms but I recon I could put a number to over half of the regiments that served during the Revolution.
Well, contrary to Hollywood, uniforms didn’t stay clean-looking on campaign for long - the idea of dying breeches probably didn’t really occur to anyone. White looked smart on the parade ground, and mud was mud when things got dirty - didn’t matter what colour they were underneath. Plus finding material of a matching colour to patch trousers would be harder if they were dyed.
The last worry preying on a soldier’s mind during a battle would have been the state of his undergarments. Just have a look at photos of the reenactors representing the light infantry of the 40th Foot! If anything, seeing an enemy with spotless trousers would have strongly implied that they were fresh-faced, inexperienced troops.
Grenadier Private of the Candian Loyalist Regiment, the Royal Newfoundland Fencibles.
In 1812, the regiment was scattered in detachments to Quebec, Prescott, Kingston, Fort George, and York. The largest group of the regiment was a detachment of 111 all ranks, which formed part ofthe garrison of Fort George at the mouth of the Niagara River. The Americans attacked the fort on the night of 26-27 May 1813.
The grenadier company of the Royal Newfoundlanders formed part of the small force of 200 defenders at the point of the original assault-landings. Attacked in overwhelming strength, the British force gradually fell back to Fort George; the grenadier company lost twenty-one men killed and twelve wounded, including both its officers.
A further 100 men of the regiment served as marines with the Lake Erie Squadron under the command of Captain Robert Barclay, R.N. These Newfoundlanders suffered fourteen killed and twenty-five wounded - twenty eight per cent of the total British casualties - in the naval Battle of Lake Erie fought on 10 September 1813.
In 1814, a detachment of Newfoundlanders carried out a remarkable operation that demonstrated their capability and determination both ashore and on the water. Two companies were ordered to reinforce the isolated British post of Michilimackinac. This involved building a fleet of small open boats and sailing them from Georgian Bay to the northwestern end of Lake Huron. The Royal Newfoundlanders reached their destination in a month.
Early in August, the post was attacked by troops landed from an American naval squadron. The garrison not only beat off the attack, but the Newfoundlanders and a naval detachment took to the water in four small boats and captured the American ships Tigress and Scorpion in a daring night operation.
In June 1814, the regiment began to return to St. John’s by detachments, to be replaced by the Nova Scotia Fencibles. The Royal Newfoundland Fencible Infantry garrisoned St. John’s until orders were received for the reduction of all fencible corps in North America. The regiment was formally disbanded on 24 June 1816.
Laura Secord was born on September 13, 1775 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Early in the War, Laura’s husband James Secord, a sergeant in the 1st Lincoln militia, was wounded in the battle of Queenston Heights and was rescued from the battlefield by his wife.
On June 21, 1813, Laura…