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Lists of clothing sent in 1780 mention "Green jackets & Waistcoats Laced" and some buckskin breeches, these last probably for the cavalrymen; and in 1781, green jackets and waistcoats and white breeches, with no mention of lace. " Officers appear initially to have worn "short green Coats trimmed with narrow Gold Lace," according to a 1780 description of two captured officers of the Legion who escaped their American gaolers. In about 1782 black collars and cuffs were added to the officer's uniform.

The Volunteers also had "Trowsers," and even some mitts, according to an issue of January 1783 (WO 1/13). An engraving of the colonel of the regiment, Lord Rawdon, shows him wearing a coatee with wide "Brandenburg" -style laces with tassels, and a collar edged with lacing; this is the only Loyalist provincial unit known to have had such a uniform. 333). Our figure is a reconstruction of the likely appearance of an officer of this unit according to the data cited above. The general style of the short-tailed coatee, notably the pointed cuffs, is consistent with the fashions of the period.

See also Pennsylvania Loyalists, and Maryland Loyalists, under The 13 Colonies. West Florida Loyal Refugees Cavalry corps of two companies raised from Loyalists at Pensacola in 1777 under Capt Alexander Cameron and Capt Richard Pearis; employed "in suppressing the rum trade round Mobile Bay" from early 1778 (American Mss I: 187); third company raised, June 1778, under Capt William McIntosh. Unit seems later to have been reduced to Capt Pearis' company only, which surrendered to Spanish on June 10, 1780.

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