Monday, June 04, 2007

Impressions - Continental Artilleryman - 1781

Another picture from the Military Through the Ages event in Fayetteville a couple weeks back. This artilleryman is from the Locke's Militia & Kingsbury's Artillery group near Salibury, NC.

The artillerist here has what can almost be considered a universal uniform for the branch - dark blue jacket with scarlet facings. Both Continental and British artillery wore very similar uniforms, in contrast to the infantry. This soldier's uniform is representative of the regular Continental Army in the later stages of the American War for Independence.

As a note of interest, the artillery of the time also carried infantry gear and were expected to fight in that capacity when needed. This is unlike ACW artillery who normally didn't carry infantry gear and had to be geared and trained to fight in an infantry role. I think the exception to this was the Heavy Artillery, who were already acquainted with infantry or infantry-style drill. I'd like to hear from someone who has a bit more knowledge on this.


FortyRounder said...

I'm continually surprised by the number of Revolution and Early Republic-era reenactors I see wearing beards. Not only was facial hair frowned upon by most of society, but I believe it was prohibited by Army regulations (although dragoons often sported moustaches).

mntineer said...

I think you've pointed out a type of anachronism that's fairly widespread throughout reenacting in general. You're correct, it was a social faux pas to wear facial hair in those periods.

When I did WW2 reenacting, it was required in my group that you have a period haircut and if applicable, a moustache trimmed to regs. If not, you didn't hit the field.

It boils down to how much you reenact, and really, how much you get into the part.

mntineer said...

To add to my last comment, in defense of my model artillerist, the pict wasn't color corrected and his beard is a little darker than it really was. Even with that, he's still stretching the regs a bit. :-)