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Viper guy Supporting Member of TMP17 Aug 2020 7:08 a.m. PST

What uniform would the King's American Regiment have been wearing in the Southern Campaigns? I have seen their green uniform in a few places but would they still have been in green or would they have transitioned to red? Thanks in advance!

WillBGoode17 Aug 2020 8:24 a.m. PST

This is what I found


Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP17 Aug 2020 8:25 a.m. PST

I believe by then that just about all of the Loyalist regiments except the Queens Rangers and the British Legion had transitioned to red coats.


John the OFM17 Aug 2020 8:42 a.m. PST

I have used Old Glory and Kings Mountain Continentals, red coats faced green. They go well together.
I prefer Continental figures because they usually look more campaign-ish than spiffy British with lace.
When painting Loyalists, Continental figures are your friend.
Go for slouch hats. Even better with plumes.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP17 Aug 2020 9:38 a.m. PST

I agree with WillBGoode. Probably no green uniforms left that late, and the blue facings were post-Yorktown, so in all probability red faced green. If you want a little variety on the command stand, research Major James Grant, who appears to have been "seconded" to the KAR, and so may have been wearing someone else's regimentals. (So far, no luck in figuring out whose. PM me if you find out, please?)

Rudysnelson17 Aug 2020 10:12 a.m. PST

Based on my article about British Loyalist units. The southern campaign saw a number of units adopt floppy hat style with their tricorne.
The King's American regiment under Col Fanning was called for a short time, the King's Associated Refugees. It is not the King's Royal Regiment of New York.
Red coats with white waist coats and breeches. Olive Green facings at Hobrick Hill but changed to blue in 1783. Hat was black tricorne.

Militia Pete17 Aug 2020 3:24 p.m. PST

As always the OFM has spoken.

Then, seconded Rudy Nelson…..

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP17 Aug 2020 4:41 p.m. PST

And a little something on early KAR uniforms:

It would appear likely that they never had green uniforms, but began with the red faced olive green.

Viper guy Supporting Member of TMP17 Aug 2020 6:52 p.m. PST

Thank you all.

historygamer24 Aug 2020 10:28 a.m. PST

In a presentation some month ago, Todd Braisted said that sometimes the Loyalist regiments bought existing regimental coats, thus why they ended up with different facing colors.

Clays Russians21 Jan 2021 6:50 a.m. PST

I had two ancestors in the "jersey Loyals" green faced white, does anyone know when they were switched to red faced (blue)? That's the uniform the two were paroled in NYC and divested of their property in NJ, then shipped to New Brunswick Canada with their wives and a royal land grant from the crown for ‘faithful service to his Britainic majesty"

Au pas de Charge25 Jan 2021 11:00 p.m. PST

Were the loyalists known to be grungier than the British? I always thought they were plus-professionel-que-les-professionels and would wear smart, lace ridden uniforms while the British line would wear uniforms with the lace removed.

historygamer22 Feb 2021 10:51 a.m. PST

"I had two ancestors in the "jersey Loyals" green faced white, does anyone know when they were switched to red faced (blue)?"

You should look here for further info:

The Loyalist, like British regiments, received new clothing once a year. There is not a lot of evidence, that I am aware of, of the regular regiments removing their lace. It was sewn into the coat and would take a great deal of effort to remove, then fix. Not sure what you end up getting out of that effort – at least for the center and grenadier companies.

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