I finished basing Learned's brigade today, and now have the two big brigades complete. I have a small brigade of 28 figures left to go, and then my army will be done.
Learned's Brigade, Sept. 1777
From my painting notes:
"The greatest proportion of Massachusetts soldiers who had uniforms wore blue coats faced and lined with white. The regiments were distinguished by the numbers stamped on the pewter buttons.
In 1775, short brown or drab coats with facings of white or red were furnished also, but the prevailing color of cloth throughout the war for Massachusetts regiments was blue faced with white, and lined with white or red. The waistcoats, or jackets with sleeves, and the breeches, were generally of white linen or wool, though we also find many of brown or green cloth. In the field, after the campaign of 1776, coarse white linen overalls or buckskin hunting trousers were for the most part worn in summer, and the same of blue or brown cloth in winter.
It is not to be supposed, however, that all the men were properly uniformed in the clothing mentioned. This general description, as given above, is from contemporary evidence, and is given merely to show that the prevailing color of the uniform issued to Massachusetts soldiers was blue faced with white."
Again, from my painting notes:
"The uniform of the battalion companies until 1779 was brown faced with white. After that date the facings were changed to red. The battalion companies wore black felt hats cocked up and trimmed with white braid."