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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2018 4:09 p.m. PST

The link goes to a Painting of one Joseph Bloomfield--Captain and later Major of the 3rd New Jersey 1775-78, Deputy JAG for the Northern Army for most of that time and War of 1812 General--though I'd expect him to look older by then.

But what would any of them be doing wearing that uniform? Any suggestions?

Dn Jackson24 Jun 2018 4:39 p.m. PST

Post war militia maybe? I don't have my reference works handy, but pointed cuffs strike me as being after the revolution.

historygamer24 Jun 2018 6:00 p.m. PST

Definitely AWI period. Some of the NJ units wore grey coats earlier in the war. (editing original post) Of course, 3rd NJ. Definitely correct. There is a 3rd NJ re-enactment unit that wears the same.

Terry3724 Jun 2018 6:15 p.m. PST

From my references I think the officer portrait of Broomfield in your link is the uniform worn by the 3rd New Jersey regiment in January 1776 forward – "Drab faced blue". from the Uniforms of the American Revolution" by Benjamin Brown.

Additionally Lefferets lists in the deserter reports for the 3rd New Jersey a man form Captain John Ross's company as wearing "a drab coat faced with blue, buckskin breeches, new shirt and shoes." Pennsylvania Gazette May 1, 1776

Lastly. on page 95 of Don Troiani's "Soldiers of the American revolution" he depicts a private of the 3rd New Jersey regiment in 1776 wearing a yellowish-gray-drab coat faced with blue, including blue pointed cuffs. The blue is a dark blue, but not a very dark color like Navy blue.

I think you are safe using this uniform if you are wanting to depict the regiment in the early year(s) of the American Revolution. If you're wanting to do the War of 1812 I will need to see what I might have there, but would not expect this uniform.

Hope this helps,


historygamer24 Jun 2018 6:29 p.m. PST

No where close to 1812 uniforms. Beyond a doubt Rev War.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP25 Jun 2018 2:18 a.m. PST

Thank you all. I've been fooled by "drab" before, and ought to learn faster.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP25 Jun 2018 5:03 a.m. PST


Yes, "drab" color can cover a multitude of shades. In his article on Continental uniforms in "Time Portal Passages" (Autumn 2001), Rudy Nelson stated that drab could be "brown, gray, light brown, tan, and even off-green."


Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP25 Jun 2018 6:17 a.m. PST

"Drab" is as vague a term as "khaki". Or "feldgrau" for that matter.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP25 Jun 2018 7:01 a.m. PST

Or "hodden gray." Some days I think the fellows prescribing historical uniform colors weren't thinking of us at all.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP25 Jun 2018 3:40 p.m. PST

Ain't that the truth!


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