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two4slashing12 Jan 2018 4:50 p.m. PST

Did the musicians in Smallwood's Regiment wear the reverse colors, Buff with Red facings or did they wear Red with Buff?

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2018 6:09 p.m. PST

How rich was Smallwood?

two4slashing12 Jan 2018 7:28 p.m. PST

He did own a tobacco plantation, but I don't know if that would make him rich. During the war most tobacco farmers had switched to wheat to help feed the army. My guess is that they probably wore the same uniform as the officers. Another reason the troops wore hunting shirts instead of uniforms. Thanks for getting me to find my own answer to my question.

Supercilius Maximus Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member13 Jan 2018 11:04 a.m. PST

Since Smallwood's Regiment was an amalgam of pre-war militia units (three companies from Baltimore, six from Annapolis), it is quite likely that those which wore the red-faced-buff uniform (primarily from Annapolis) would have had musicians in reversed colours. However, given that the entire unit paraded in hunting shirts through NYC prior to the Long Island battle, it is at least possible that the fifers and drummers did the same in order to maintain some regularity of clothing.

If you want to keep the musicians distinctive, then bear in mind that British units with buff facings had red waistcoats and breeches as well as red facings on their buff coats.

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