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Glengarry507 Nov 2019 3:54 a.m. PST

During the Riel rebellion in Canada Captain A.L. Howard of the Connecticut National Guard was loaned along with two gatling guns to the Canadians to fight the Metis and Indians. Were the guns entirely manned by members of the Connecticut National Guard or by Canadian gunners hastily trained to use these novel weapons? What uniforms would the Connecticut National Guardsmen wear? There is a photo of Captain A.L. Howard but it's hard to make out any details other than he is wearing a white kepi.

AICUSV13 Nov 2019 7:43 p.m. PST

Fatigue uniform would be a dark blue five button sack coat with sky blue trousers. Dark blue wool flannel shirt. Shoes are black. Head gear could be either a blue kepi (not the CW bummer) or a brown campaign hat. Blue Mills belt (slightly lighter blue than the coat or shirt). For figures you would be better to use Spam Am figures rather than ACW. Infantry rank were white stripes for NCOs at that time.

I would say that the white kepi is actually a regulation blue with a cover.

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