George Washington Papers

General Orders, 2 October 1779

General Orders

Head-Quarters Moores-House [West Point]
Saturday October 2nd 1779.

Parole Grantham— C. Signs Harlem. Italy.

The following are the Uniforms that have been determined for the troops of these States respectively as soon as the state of the public supplies will permit their being furnished accordingly, and in the mean time it is recommended to the Officers to endeavor to accomodate their Uniforms to this Standard, that when the men come to be supplied there may be a proper uniformity.1

New-Hampshire }
Massachusetts Blue faced with White—
Rhode-Island. Buttons and Lining White—
New York— } Blue faced with Buff—
New-Jersey— White Linings and Buttons.
Pennsylvania }
Delaware. Blue faced with Red—
Maryland— Buttons and Linings White.
North Carolina } Blue faced with Blue— Button-holes
South Carolina edged with narrow white lace or tape
Georgia— Buttons and Linings White.
} Blue faced with Scarlet,
Artillery Scarlet Lining, Yellow
and buttons—Yellow bound hats—
Artillery Coats edged with narrow lace
Artificers with the same.
Light-Dragoons— { The whole Blue faced with White
White buttons and linings.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1These uniform colors were intended to match the design of the new regimental standards; in July, Congress had sent an order for a huge quantity of articles to be imported from France, including uniforms and materials for the new standards (see Board of War to GW, 10 May, and n.2 to that document).

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