Description[Henry Dearborn] Printed Document Signed in Type by Secretary of War Henry Dearborn Specifying Uniform Regulations for Regular Troops, 1808. One page, 8" x 12", May 21, 1808. Slightly toned, else fine. This document headed "Notice is Hereby Given", specifies uniform regulations for members of the Light Artillery, Light Dragoons, Infantry and Rifle Regiments.
It reads, in part: "To the officers appointed in the several Regiments of additional Regular Troops, to be raised in conformity to an act of Congress, passed on the 12th day of April last, that the Uniform of the respective corps, are, by the approbation of the President of the United States, to be as follows: The Light Artillery to be similar in that of the Old Regiment of Artillery...with the following exceptions: The Coat to be nine inches shorter in the skirts, and Leather Caps instead of Hats, with Blue Feathers, tipt [sic] with Red. The Light Dragoons - a deep Blue Coatee, or Jacket, with Blue Facings, Cuffs and Collar, trimmed with white - blue Pantaloons, seams edged with white - white Waistcoats and leather Caps or Helmets with Blue Feathers tipt in White. The Infantry Uniform will not differ from that of the two old Regiment, now in service, excepting the figures on the Buttons, which will designate the number of the Regiments. The Rifle Regiment in addition to the Summer dress, (which will be a Rifle Frock and Linen Pantaloons,) will be a Coat and Pantaloons, of bright Green Cloth...Patterns of Artillery Caps, the Dragoon Coats, and Caps, and Rifle Coats and Caps for the officers, are in the office of the Department of War, and in the office of the Purveyor of Public Supplies in Philadelphia. The Purveyor has been requested to have forwarded to New York, Boston, Richmond, in Virginia, Newbern in N. Carolina, and Charleston, S. Carolina, patterns or drawings of the Coats and Caps for Dragoons and Riflemen, and Caps for Light Artillery: And have forwarded to Newport in Kentucky, and Knoxville, in Tennessee. Patterns or drawings for Rifle Coats and Caps, accompanied with Cockades and Plumes, with such explanations and notes as may be necessary to enable the Officers to have their uniforms made in conformity to the patterns".
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