Private 1803

The soldiers' coats were much shorter at the turn of the century and since 1797 were buttoned to the waist. The white breeches and black gaiters were still worn at this stage but by 1808 the white trousers proved more comfortable. The unpowdered hair was ordered to be made into a pigtail, a practice that stopped in 1808. The biggest change from the previous style of dress was the stove-pipe shako which was at first made of lacquered material. The plume indicated what company the man belonged to, red and white for Battalion, green for the Light Company and white for the Grenadier Company who wore the shako in marching order and retained their bearskins for parades.

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