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ansbachdragoner03 Oct 2018 5:13 a.m. PST

Hi all,
I'm trying to work out what uniform would have been worn by Royal Engineer officers and men during the war of independence, specifically during the Saratoga campaign. I've tried researching but my usual go tos have failed me.

Any ideas?

GurKhan03 Oct 2018 5:37 a.m. PST

The Corps of Engineers (didn't become Royal till 1787) consisted solely of officers at this time.

There's a portrait of Engineer officer John Montressor in uniform at link though it dates to 1771.

historygamer03 Oct 2018 6:14 a.m. PST

The uniform is correct. Engineers wore a red coat with black facings, same for the F&I period too. White small clothes, likely a plain black laced hat with a gold button. That might be an undress coat, I'd have to look to see if his dress coat would have gold lace.

nevinsrip04 Oct 2018 9:43 p.m. PST

Quoth the Raven

It's also worth remembering that a lot of the "engineer" officers in N America from 1775 to 1783 were essentially infantry officers who were good at maths and drawing. Prior to the outbreak of the war, Gage actually put out a note asking for any officers who could draw to make themselves know to headquarters, so that they could be sent out to map the countryside around Boston.

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