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Monday, May 2, 2016

Regimental Uniforms -- American Revolution Museum




I recently had the privilege of visiting the new American Revolution Museum, again, in Yorktown where I live. This day the Regimental Uniforms were being displayed by staff. Above, volunteer Joyce explains that the British regimental uniform is one most American will recognize -- the "Redcoat" jacket.

French Regimental uniform
Here in Yorktown we have a special fondness for the French!!! Thank God they showed up just in the nick of time for the historic battle that finally ended the war!

The French regimental coat is the only one that has a pocket. The French had interior pockets as pictured above. You may recall that women, during those times, had pockets separate from their skirts -- their pockets weren't sewn into their clothing.

Can you see the pocket in the photo on the right? Go straight up from where my name is on the picture, to about halfway up.


Can you imagine how long it would have taken to have sewn these coats by hand? And this American regimental jacket is very heavy. The wool is woven tightly enough to resist water, still. . .

Here's Joyce again showing us a Loyalist jacket, of green cloth. These were calvarymen. You might recognize the jacket type as one worn by one of the antagonists in the movie, "The Patriot," with Mel Gibson.



THANKS, Joyce, for helping me get these pictures!




Question: Do you have any plans to visit the new American Revolution Museum in Yorktown? Do you have any questions I could research for you there, for your visit?




8 comments:

  1. Nice photos! Thanks for sharing them.

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    1. Thanks, Pegg! If you ever get here, you need to come to the new museum!

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  2. Thanks for sharing your pictures Carrie. I would like to visit the American Revolution Museum one day.
    Blessings, Tina

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    1. I hope and pray you will visit, Tina! That would be great!

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  3. Oooh, very nice! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  4. I am trying to find the names of Lancaster County Mennonite weavers that donated cloth to produce these uniforms and thus were credited with patriotic service. Any help would be appreciated.
    Thank you.

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    1. Karen, I will share your question with the Colonial American Christian Writers group and see if anyone can help. Blessings!

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