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22 Jun 2020 5:21 a.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "US Blanket Rolls in Mexican American War" to "US Blanket Rolls in Mexican American War?"Removed from 19th Century Discussion boardCrossposted to Mexican-American Wars board

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Prince Alberts Revenge22 Jun 2020 4:50 a.m. PST

Painting up some 10mm figures for the Mexican American War. The Osprey mentions officers often wore a blanket roll over their shoulder and that the blanket was a dingy red color (as were the blankets soldiers had rolled on the top of their knapsacks). Other references (Adams) seem to reference a hodgepodge of colors. Was there a specific color that was actually issued? Trying to figure out what should be the dominant blanket color for my American kit. Thanks!

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2020 5:36 a.m. PST

There is this:


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2020 7:09 a.m. PST

Urwin's book on the US infantry (and this is Regular army, not volunteers) indicates red blankets, while another source says red or dingy brown

For officers I suspect you have some leeway but overall I would say either one – I am sure they got pretty dingy pretty quick!

Grelber22 Jun 2020 9:29 a.m. PST

Fading in the bright Texas/Mexican sunlight is also a possibility.


Prince Alberts Revenge23 Jun 2020 3:48 a.m. PST

Went with mostly red brown and grey, thanks gents! Always a wonderful resource!

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