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MiniPigs Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2018 8:49 p.m. PST

Hat wear aside,and with the understanding that continental regiments were something of a mixed bag of uniforms, would it be fair to say regiments had a mix of long and short regulation coats or were coat lengths approximately the same within continental, regular regiments?

I mean, if it's known.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2018 10:05 p.m. PST

If the regiment received a proper supply of new uniforms, why would one assume they would be different lengths?
The kit would be made by tailors working from specs.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP30 Jun 2018 7:13 p.m. PST

Winston's right. There were regulations and inspectors. Mind you, given the logistics of the Continental Army, I'm sure you could sometimes find long coat-tails cut off to find material to patch the rest of the uniform. But if were talking issue, it should be consistent.

historygamer01 Jul 2018 6:50 a.m. PST

I know there is a movement in the reenactment community to go with short skirts on coats – usually the type that is tacked onto the coat just below the pocket flap (which was often fake). This is supported by art work from the period.

Clothing in both armies was usually issued once a year. Coats would not likely have varied in a unit – if they had issued clothing.

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